Famous Indian Media Personalities

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Fareed Zakaria
(Journalist, Political Commentator, Author and Host of the Show ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’)
Fareed Zakaria
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Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Fareed Zakaria is an Indian-American journalist, author, and political commentator. He has been serving as an editor-at-large for Time and editor for Newsweek International. He has also been serving as a columnist for Newsweek. His show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which he hosts for CNN, has won a Peabody Award

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Sidharth Shukla
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Birthdate: December 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bombay (present day Mumbai), Maharashtra, India
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R. K. Laxman
(Cartoonist & Creator of 'The Common Man")
R. K. Laxman
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Birthdate: October 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mysore
Died: January 26, 2015
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Prannoy Roy
(Journalist)
Prannoy Roy
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Birthdate: October 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolkata

Apart from being a legendary journalist, Prannoy Roy is also a psephologist, a chartered accountant, and an economist. Initially known as the anchor of The World This Week, he later co-established NDTV. Known for his extensive reports on political issues, he has won awards such as the Leverhulme Trust (UK) Fellowship.

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Shibani Dandekar
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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pune

Born in Pune, Shibani Dandekar grew up in Australia and Africa, before returning to India, as a model and an anchor. She has hosted shows such as After Hours and also appeared in films such as Sultan. She is also the sister of VJ Anusha Dandekar and the girlfriend of actor Farhan Akhtar.

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Shah Rukh Khan
(Film actor)
Shah Rukh Khan
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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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Arun Shourie
(Politician, Journalist, Writer)
Arun Shourie
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Birthdate: November 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jalandhar

One of the most prominent political and current affairs commentators in India, Arun Shourie first gained fame with his anti-Emergency articles in the Indian Express in the 1970s. Once a World Bank economist, he has also won the Padma Bhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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Sathyaraj
(Actor)
Sathyaraj
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Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boron

Tamil actor Sathyaraj had started his acting career with Komal Swamynathan’s drama troupe. He then stepped into movies and was initially typecast in roles of minor villains. He later took on lead roles. His popularity soared with his iconic role of Kattappa in the two Baahubali movies.

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Aroon Purie
(Chairman of Living Media)
Aroon Purie
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Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Lahore

Padma Bhushan-winning journalist Aroon Purie is the founder of the India Today group and was the Reader's Digest editor-in-chief. The LSE-educated journalist was dragged into a controversy when he was found to have plagiarized part of Grady Hendrix’s article on Rajinikanth. He is also the father of Bollywood actor Koel Purie.

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Malaika Arora
(Indian Actress, Dancer, Model and Television Personality)
Malaika Arora
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Birthdate: October 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thane, Maharashtra, India

The quintessential item girl of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is known for her sultry looks and dance moves. She has the reputation of drawing audiences into theatres despite appearing in just one song in the entire film. Malaika Arora ended her 18 years old marriage to actor Arbaaz Khan in 2017. 

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Aparshakti Khurana
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Birthdate: November 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

Better known as the younger brother of renowned Indian actor Ayushmann Khurrana, Aparshakti Khurana is an actor who was once a cricketer and had also captained the Haryana U-19 cricket team. He has impressed audiences with his Filmfare-nominated roles in Stree and Dangal and has also worked as a composer.

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Bal Thackeray
(Politician, Journalist, Painter)
Bal Thackeray
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Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: November 17, 2012

Legendary Indian politician Bal Thackeray, or Balasaheb Thackeray, was the patriarch of one of the most influential political families of India and the founder of the Shiv Sena. He went from being a cartoonist to the godfather of Maharashtra, though his overtly regional and Hindu nationalist ideals were often criticized.

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Ayushmann Khurrana
(Famous for His Portrayals of Ordinary Men Often Battling Social Norms)
Ayushmann Khurrana
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Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

Known for his critically acclaimed roles in films such as Andhadhun and Vicky Donor, Ayushmann Khurrana is also a fine singer, with songs such as Paani da to his credit. The National Award-winning actor is also a former winner of MTV Roadies and has been an anchor, too.

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Khushwant Singh
(Novelist, Lawyer, Journalist & Politician)
Khushwant Singh
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Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hadali, British India (now in Khushab District, Punjab, Pakistan)
Died: March 20, 1999

Known for his bestselling book Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh was a reputed lawyer, politician, and journalist. He was also known for his widely popular column With Malice towards One and All, which was featured in many Indian newspapers. His post-colonial writings mirrored his wit and sarcasm.

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N. Ram
(Journalist)
N. Ram
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Birthdate: May 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai

Part of the Kasturi family that manages The Hindu Group, N. Ram has been the MD of the group in the past. The Padma Bhushan awardee has also penned books such as Riding the Nuclear Tiger and has previously represented Tamil Nadu, his home state, in the Ranji Trophy cricket matches.

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Gauri Lankesh
(Activist, Journalist)
Gauri Lankesh
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Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Died: September 5, 2017

The daughter of Kannada poet P. Lankesh, Gauri Lankesh began her career as a journalist for The Times of India. She also worked as an editor of Lankesh Patrike. Later, she was known for her firebrand left-wing activism against Hindutva and was eventually shot dead by three men near her Bengaluru home.

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Barkha Dutt
(News presenter, Author, Journalist)
Barkha Dutt
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Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

Barkha Dutt is an Indian journalist and author. She is best known for her association with The Washington Post and The Hindustan Times where she works as an opinion columnist. Dutt achieved national recognition in 1999 for covering the Kargil War between India and Pakistan. Barkha Dutt is the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the Padma Shri.

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Anusha Dandekar
(MTV VJ, Actress and Singer)
Anusha Dandekar
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Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

Anusha Dandekar is an Indian-Australian VJ, actress, and singer. She is popularly known for hosting many TV shows. Beginning her career as a TV anchor and VJ, she branched out into acting as well, making her film debut with a role in the Bollywood film Mumbai Matinee. Since then, she has appeared in a few other movies.

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Archana Puran Singh
(TV Presenters)
Archana Puran Singh
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Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Arvind Swamy
(Actor, TV presenter television presenter known for his work in Tamil cinema)
Arvind Swamy
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Birthdate: June 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chennai , Tamilnadu, India
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R. Sarathkumar
(Actor, Politician, Journalist)
R. Sarathkumar
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Birthdate: July 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Delhi

Initially a bodybuilder, R. Sarathkumar had won the Mr. Madras University title. After stints as a Dinakaran journalist and a travel business owner, he grew up to be the Supreme Star of Tamil movies, with films such as Ragasiya Police, and later also became an MP and launched his own party.

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Mandira Bedi
(Actress)
Mandira Bedi
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Birthdate: April 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
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Arnab Goswami
(journalist)
Arnab Goswami
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Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guwahati

Arnab Goswami is an Indian journalist and news anchor. He is serving as the editor-in-chief and managing director of Republic Media Network which he launched in 2017. Goswami achieved national recognition when he served as the news anchor of ET Now and Times Now between 2006 and 2016. He has also been subjected to criticism, including accusations of opinionated reporting.

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Rahul Khanna
(Indian Actor and VJ)
Rahul Khanna
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Birthdate: June 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Rahul Khanna is an Indian film actor and writer best known for his work in the Hindi film industry. He is also known as the elder son of popular actor Vinod Khanna. Apart from working in the film industry, Rahul Khanna also appears on TV, hosting important events like the Miss India pageant, the IIFA Awards, and the Screen Awards.

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Farah Khan
(Director)
Farah Khan
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Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Farah Khan was not a stranger to films, being the daughter of a stuntman/filmmaker and a first cousin of actor/director Farhan Akhtar. Initially wanting to be a director, she focused on choreography later. The National Award- and Filmfare-winning choreographer is known for her work in films such as Dabangg and Koi... Mil Gaya.

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Shekhar Gupta
(Journalist, Author)
Shekhar Gupta
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Birthdate: August 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo

Former editor-in-chief of The Indian Express, Padma Bhushan-winning journalist Shekhar Gupta is also the founder of the online publication ThePrint. Known for his political journalism and his weekly column National Interest, he also hosted Walk The Talk on NDTV for 15 years. He has penned books such as India Redefines Its Role.

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Simi Garewal
(Actress)
Simi Garewal
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Birthdate: October 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
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Vani Bhojan
(Actress)
Vani Bhojan
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Birthdate: October 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ooty, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India
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Urvashi
(Actress)
Urvashi
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Birthdate: January 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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Kasthuri
(Actress)
Kasthuri
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Birthdate: May 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai
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Ravish Kumar
(Journalist)
Ravish Kumar
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Birthdate: December 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jitwarpur, Bihar, India
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Akkineni Nagarjuna
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Birthdate: August 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Nikita Dutta
(Actress)
Nikita Dutta
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Birthdate: November 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi, India

The daughter of a retired navy officer, Nikita Dutta is a former Femina Miss India finalist and an actor known for films such as Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. She is also a popular TV star, who has impressed audiences as Suman Tiwari in Ek Duje Ke Vaaste.

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Sajid Khan
(film director, presenter, screenwriter)
Sajid Khan
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Birthdate: November 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai
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Rohit Sardana
(News Anchor)
Rohit Sardana
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Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
Died: April 30, 2021
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Monica Bedi
(Actress)
Monica Bedi
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Birthdate: January 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
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Remya Nambeesan
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Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chottanikkara, India

Born to a theater artiste, Remya Nambeesan began her career as a child artist in films. As she grew up, she was typecast in roles of the village belle but turned around with the film Traffic. She has also gained fame for her singing in films such as Ivan Megharoopan and Bachelor Party.

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Harsha Bhogle
(Indian Cricket Commentator and Journalist)
Harsha Bhogle
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Birthdate: July 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Widely known as the voice of Indian cricket, Harsha Bhogle has revolutionized Indian cricket commentary and been associated with ESPN since its early days in India. The IIM-A graduate also owns a sports-consultancy firm with his wife and has penned several books such as The Winning Way.

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Nasser Hussain
(Cricketer)
Nasser Hussain
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Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madras, India

Born to an Indian Muslim father and a British mother in Madras, Nasser Hussain moved to England with his family, as a child. At 12, he was the youngest to join the Essex Under-15 cricket team. He grew up to become one of the best English Test cricket captains.

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Sonali Kulkarni
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Birthdate: November 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Nidhi Razdan
(Journalist, television personality who joined NDTV in 1999 and worked till June 2020 for twenty one years)
Nidhi Razdan
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Birthdate: April 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jammu and Kashmir, India

Known for her firebrand anchoring on NDTV 24x7, journalist Nidhi Razdan is the daughter of former PTI editor-in-chief Krishan Razdan. She made headlines when she claimed to have been fooled by a phishing attack and made to believe that she had secured a teaching job at Harvard.

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Annu Kapoor
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Birthdate: February 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bhopal, Bhopal State, India
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Archana Chandhoke
(Television presenter)
Archana Chandhoke
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Birthdate: July 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St Isabels hospital Chennai, India
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Anup Soni
(Actor)
Anup Soni
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Birthdate: January 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Sucheta Dalal
(Journalist)
Sucheta Dalal
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
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Sudhir Chaudhary
(Indian Media Personality and Journalist)
Sudhir Chaudhary
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Birthdate: June 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hodal, Haryana, India

Sudhir Chaudhary is an Indian media personality and journalist. He is the current consulting editor of the popular Hindi-language news channel, Aaj Tak. Previously, he held important positions in WION, Zee News, and Zee Business. In 2013, Chaudhary was honored with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for hosting an exceptional interview with the friend of a gang-rape victim.

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RJ Balaji
(Radio Jockey)
RJ Balaji
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Birthdate: June 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chennai
Chennai-based Indian radio personality Balaji Patturaj, or RJ Balaji, gained fame by hosting BIG FM 92.7 shows such as Take it Easy, The Night Show with RJ Balaji, and Cross Talk. He also appeared on TV shows such as Why This Kolaveri and films such as Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru
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Rithvik Dhanjani
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Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh, India
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Mona Singh
(Actress)
Mona Singh
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Birthdate: October 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India
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Abul A'la Maududi
(Philosopher)
Abul A'la Maududi
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Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aurangabad, India
Died: September 22, 1979

Islamic scholar and philosopher Abul A'la Maududi was born into an elite Aurangabad family. He grew up to be fundamentalist who believed Islam should be free of Western influences and launched the Jamaʿat-i Islami. Though an important figure in Pakistani politics, he was also imprisoned for a while for opposing the government.