Famous Indian Film & Theater Personalities

Indians are known all over the world for their love of Cinema. In India, films and theater are not only the most common ways of depicting the socio-cultural scenario; they have also been a great source of entertainment for the masses. The great icons from the entertainment industry hold a larger than life stature in the eyes of the commoners and some are literally worshipped. Famous Indian film & theater personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Satyajit Ray, Dilip kumar, have left an indelible impression and have been instrumental in making the Indian film industry or Bollywood what it is today. Apart from them, there have been innumerable successful directors, producers, musicians and actors who have contributed greatly to the prosperity of the film industry. Indian entertainment industry is at its zenith and with a vast multitude of young and gifted artists one can say it is destined to get bigger and better. Here we bring you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous Indian film and theatre personalities. Read on and find out all about their life stories, timelines and also acquaint yourself with some interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

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 1 Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra
17
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

The Winner of Miss World 2000; a successful actress in Hindi films; the owner of production house that promotes regional Indian cinema and the first Indian actor to play the lead character in an American television show – Priyanka Chopra’s list of achievements is long. The popular star is also a singer, a tech investor and the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

 2 Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
The megastar of Indian film industry, Amitabh Bachchan’s body of work is awe inspiring. From Zanjeer to Sholay and from Black to Paa, he has delivered performances that have become iconic. He is the host of KBC, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and has also lent his baritone voice to some super hit songs.

 3 Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan
21
Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Referred to as King of Bollywood and King Khan in the media, Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan is considered one of the most successful film stars of the Hindi film indusrty. Beginning his career as a TV actor, he struggled for many years before making it big as a Hindi film star. 

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 4 Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan
11
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Hrithik Roshan is one of the most popular and highest-paid Indian actors. Also known for his dancing skills, Hrithik has established himself as a style icon and sex symbol over the years. One of the most bankable Indian stars, he started his career with romantic films, eventually finding success as an action hero. 

 5 Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone
12
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-paid Indian actresses. She is also known for her off-screen work, which involves supporting charitable organizations. She founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims at creating awareness on mental health. In 2018, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 6 Sridevi

Sridevi
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018

Sridevi was an Indian film actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. Considered one of the most popular actresses of all time, Sridevi was dubbed the First Female Superstar in India. With several prestigious awards under her belt, she was also regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

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 7 Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, India

Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth had humble beginnings and had even worked as a coolie and a bus conductor in his younger days. Starting his career with minor plays, he had phenomenal success in Tamil movies and grew up to be one of India’s greatest superstars, earning the nickname Thalaiva.

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 8 Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died: April 29, 2020
Padma Shri- and National Award-winning actor and NSD graduate Irrfan Khan initially worked as an air conditioner repairman in Mumbai before he got a breakthrough in Salaam Bombay! He also impressed international audiences with movies such as The Namesake. He died of a colon infection at 53, leaving behind countless mourning fans.
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 9 Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Considered one of India’s most influential and best actors of all time, Aamir Khan is known for his interesting choice of films, which are well-crafted, entertaining and commercially successful. They mostly have a social message and are appreciated both by critics and the people. Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal are some of his acclaimed films.

 10 Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma
11
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India

Indian actress and producer, Anushka Sharma is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in the country. She was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2018 and is the recipient of numerous awards. Beginning her career as a model, she soon ventured into acting and made a name for herself within a short while.

 11 Rekha

Rekha
11
Famous As: Actor, Politician
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 12 Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sanjay Dutt is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi movies. One of the most popular actors in India, Dutt is also known for his off-screen controversies; he was arrested in 1993 for possessing illegal weapons. His life and career inspired the 2018 biographical film Sanju where he was played by Ranbir Kapoor.

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 13 Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Padma Shri-winning actor Madhuri Dixit ruled Bollywood in the 1990s, with her performances in films such as Dil, Beta, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The multiple-Filmfare-winning actor is a talented Kathak dancer. She owns a production company and an online dance school, and has also worked with UNICEF.

 14 Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone
13
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: May 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

In 2010, Sunny Leone was named among 12 top porn stars by Maxim magazine. After a flourishing career in the porn industry, Sunny Leone settled in India where she is currently popular as a film actress. Her journey from a porn actress to a successful Bollywood personality is viewed as an inspirational story by many young women across the world. 

 15 Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: July 7, 2021

An iconic figure of Indian cinema, actor Dilip Kumar has delivered hits like Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam and Kohinoor in his six decades career. His brilliant portrayal of tragic roles had earned him the nickname of The Tragedy King. The veteran actor has been the recipient of prestigious honours like Filmfare Awards, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

 16 Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Son of Bollywood actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir Kapoor is best known for his roles in Rockstar, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Sanju. Named to Forbes’s Celebrity 100, he has also won six Filmfare Awards. He owns a football team and works for empowerment of women, too.

 17 Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mangalore

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai is one of the most popular and influential celebrities in the country. She began her career as a model and was crowned the Miss World 1994. She started acting soon after and became one of India’s top actresses. Besides acting, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).

 18 Dharmendra

Dharmendra
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab

Dharmendra is considered to be one of the most successful, popular and handsome actors in the history of Indian film industry. Though he is known for his action roles, he has done a wide range of Hindi films. Sholay, Bandini, Anupma, Phool Aur Paththar, Seeta Aur Geeta, Chupke Chupke, Satyakam and Azaad are some of his notable films.

 19 Kajol

Kajol
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai
Padma Shri-winning Indian actor Kajol, daughter of yesteryear actor Tanuja, holds the record for the most Filmfare Award wins as the “Best Actress,” along with Nutan, her aunt. She is known for teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan in hit Hindi films such as Baazigar and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

 20 Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay State, India

 21 S. S. Rajamouli

S. S. Rajamouli
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: October 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Raichur,Karnataka, India

S. S. Rajamouli is an Indian film director best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. Rajamouli is credited with directing one of the most successful and popular Indian films of all time, Baahubali. In 2016, S. S. Rajamouli was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri Award for his contribution to Indian cinema.

 22 Tabu

Tabu
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Tabu is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu film industries. One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, Tabu is renowned for playing unconventional roles. In 2011, she was honored with the Padma Shri by the Indian Government. She has also received other prestigious awards, such as National Film Awards.

 23 Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

One of the most popular and also amongst the highest paid Bollywood actresses, Kareena Kapoor is best known for her roles in movies like Chameli, Omkara, 3 Idiots and Jab We Met. Born into a film family, the beautiful, accomplished and award winning actress always aspired to enter the film industry and eventually made her debut at the age of 19 with the movie Refugee.

 24 Mammootty

Mammootty
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Famous As: actor, film producer, screenwriter, film actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chempu

National Film Award- and Padma Shri-winning Indian Malyali actor Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail, or Mammootty, is a superstar in Southern India. Initially a lawyer, he later soared to fame with films such as Vidheyan and Mathilukal. He also chairs Malayalam Communications and is devoted to medical and other charitable causes.

 25 Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai

Karisma Kapoor is an Indian film actress best known for her association with the Hindi film industry. Born into the famous Kapoor family, Karisma achieved popularity during the 1990s when she played important roles in successful films like Jigar. She then established herself as the leading actress of Bollywood by winning prestigious awards like National Film Award and Filmfare Awards.

 26 Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon
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Famous As: Model, Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: October 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

Raveena Tandon is an Indian film actress, producer, and model. Although she is best known for her work in the Hindi film industry, Tandon has also played important roles in many popular South Indian films like Kamal Haasan's Aalavandhan and Upendra's eponymous film. Over the course of her career, Tandon has received several prestigious awards, including a National Film Award.

 27 Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: March 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai

Rani Mukerji is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi film industry. One of the most successful actresses of her generation, Mukerji has featured in the highest-paid and most popular actresses of the 2000s lists. She has also received several awards like Filmfare Awards and Screen Awards. Rani Mukerji is also known for her humanitarian work.

 28 Vijay

Vijay
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Famous As: actor, film actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jaffna

Vijay is an Indian film actor, playback singer, and philanthropist. He is best known for his contribution to the Tamil film industry. With a significant fan following worldwide, Vijay is one of the most popular and highest-paid actors in south India. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Vijay is credited with founding a social welfare organization named Vijay People Organization.

 29 Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nawanshahr, Jullundur, Punjab, British India
Died: January 12, 2005

 30 Shashi Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor
6
Famous As: Actor, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: March 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata

 31 Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi
4
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai

Padma Lakshmi is a model, television host and author. She has hosted cooking competition program Top Chef and has published cookbooks. She has acted in films and television too and is also an activist working for immigration and women’s rights and is a critic of skin-lightening creams. She was married to novelist Salman Rushdie for a little over three years.

 32 Chiranjeevi

Chiranjeevi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogalthur, Andhra State, India

Chiranjeevi is an Indian actor best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. In an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, Chiranjeevi has received many prestigious awards for his contribution to Indian cinema. In 2006, he was honored with India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan. He is often considered one of the biggest stars in India.

 33 Madhubala

Madhubala
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi
Died: February 23, 1969
Madhubala, also known as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, ruled the 1950s with films such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr. and Mrs. '55. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Mughal-e-Azam and was photographed for Life magazine. She died due to a congenital heart ailment, at 36.

 34 Urmila Matondkar

Urmila Matondkar
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Urmila Matondkar started her career at 3 and then delivered a memorable performance in Masoom as a child actor. Fans have loved her appearances in Satya, Rangeela, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, and Pinjar. She won a Filmfare for her role in Bhoot and has now joined the Indian National Congress.

 35 Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Mahesh Babu is one of the most popular and highest-paid South Indian film actors. He is also one of the most celebrated, decorated, and bankable actors of the Telugu film industry. A well-known philanthropist, Mahesh Babu donates 30 percent of his annual income to charity organizations. In 2013, he became the goodwill ambassador of a non-profit organization called Heal-a-child Foundation.

 36 Juhi Chawla

Juhi Chawla
6
Famous As: Actor, Model, Film producer, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ambala

 37 Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor
5
Famous As: Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: December 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Died: June 2, 1988

Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor, producer, and director best remembered for his contribution to the Hindi film industry. The recipient of 11 Filmfare Awards and three National Film Awards, Raj Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest Indian actors of all time. In 1987, he was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest honor in cinema.

 38 Prabhas

Prabhas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai

Prabhas is an Indian film actor best known for his contribution to the Telugu film industry. He achieved national recognition when he played the title role in the second highest-grossing Indian film, Baahubali. He is also one of the highest-paid Indian actors and has been featured in the Celebrity 100 list by Forbes India on multiple occasions.

 39 Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray
5
Famous As: Indian filmmaker
Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: April 23, 1992

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, music composer, and writer. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray became the first Indian to be honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Apart from Indian filmmakers, international directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Christopher Nolan have been influenced by Satyajit Ray. 

 40 Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen
4
Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: November 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad

 41 Kader Khan

Kader Khan
5
Famous As: actor, screenwriter,
Birthdate: October 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: December 31, 2018

Kader Khan was an Indian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film director. After starting his career as a professor of civil engineering, Kader Khan went on to become a prolific screenwriter for Hindi movies and ended up writing dialogues for 200 movies as well. In 2019, he was honored posthumously with the Padma Shri.

 42 Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna
4
Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: July 18, 2012

Popularly known as the first superstar of Indian cinema, Rajesh Khanna ruled the 1960s and 1970s with his matinee idol appeal. He delivered 15 back-to-back hits in his heyday and was the highest-paid in Bollywood at one point. The Padma Bhushan winner is remembered for blockbusters such as Aradhana.

 43 Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput
25
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India
Died: June 14, 2020

 44 Allu Arjun

Allu Arjun
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Allu Arjun is an Indian actor best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. A recipient of three Nandi Awards and five Filmfare Awards South, Arjun is one of the most bankable actors in south India. He is also one of the highest-paid actors and has been included in the Celebrity 100 list by Forbes India since 2014.

 45 Manushi Chhillar

Manushi Chhillar
7
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rohtak, Haryana, India

Manushi Chhillar is an Indian actress and model. Chhillar achieved popularity in 2017 when she won the Miss World pageant, becoming only the sixth Indian to win the pageant. After winning the pageant, Chhillar went on to sign a three-film contract with the popular production company Yash Raj Films. She has also modeled for popular brands like Fashion Big Bazaar.

 46 Dimple Kapadia

Dimple Kapadia
9
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

 47 M Night Shyamalan

M Night Shyamalan
4
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mahé, Puducherry, India

M Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker who is known for making original films with twist endings and supernatural plots. Born in India to a doctor couple, he moved to USA with his parents when he was a baby. He was expected to pursue medicine like his parents, but he chose a different path and became a filmmaker, finding success in his chosen profession.  

 48 Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu
4
Famous As: actor, model, film actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi

 49 Vijay Devarakonda

Vijay Devarakonda
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Achampet, Telangana

Vijay Devarakonda is an Indian actor best known for his work in the Telugu film industry. He achieved national recognition for his performance in the 2017 film Arjun Reddy, which was remade in Tamil and Hindi languages. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Devarakonda founded a non-profit organization called The Deverakonda Foundation in 2019.

 50 Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Puttur, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Anushka Shetty is an Indian film actress and model renowned for her work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Known as the Lady Superstar of the Cinema of South India, Shetty is often counted among the highest-paid actresses. Apart from featuring in many successful films, Anushka Shetty has also received several awards, including Nandi Awards and Filmfare Awards South.