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Sharad Pawar
(Indian Politician)
Sharad Pawar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Bal Thackeray
(Indian Politician Who Founded the Shiv Sena, a Right-Wing Pro-Marathi and Hindu Nationalist Party)
Bal Thackeray
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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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Radhika Apte
(Actor)
Radhika Apte
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Birthdate: September 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Shibani Dandekar
(Australian Singer, Actress and Host)
Shibani Dandekar
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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo

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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Smita Patil
(Indian Actress)
Smita Patil
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Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 13, 1986
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Cyrus Poonawalla
(Businessman)
Cyrus Poonawalla
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1941 AD

Cyrus Poonawalla is an Indian businessman who is the chairman of the Poonawalla Group. He is also known as the “vaccine king of India” as his group owns Serum Institute of India that manufactures pediatric vaccines. He is also a generous philanthropist. In 2005, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the president of India.

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Lisa Sthalekar
(Former Australian Cricketer and Captain of International Women's Cricket Team)
Lisa Sthalekar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo

 Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar, was once the captain of Australia's international women's cricket team. Born in India and adopted by parents who lived in USA, she was introduced to cricket by her father. She started playing professionally as a young woman and went on to have an exemplary career. She retired in 2013. 

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Ajaypal Banga
(Indian-American Business Executive and Vice Chairman at ‘General Atlantic’)
Ajaypal Banga
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1960 AD
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Balaji Baji Rao
(8th Peshwa of the Maratha Empire (1740-61))
Balaji Baji Rao
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Birthdate: December 8, 1720
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 23, 1761
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Gauhar Khan
(Actress)
Gauhar Khan
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Birthdate: August 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Kedar Jadhav
(Indian Cricketer)
Kedar Jadhav
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Tantia Tope
(One of the Best and Most Effective Rebel Generals in the Indian Struggle for Independence)
Tantia Tope
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1814 AD
Died: April 18, 1859

Best remembered for leading the Indian Rebellion of 1857, tribal leader Tantia Tope used guerilla tactics in his fights against the British. In spite of no formal military training, he also managed to seize Gwalior temporarily with Rani Lakshmibai. He was later hanged to death by the British.

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Sonali Kulkarni
(Actress)
Sonali Kulkarni
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Birthdate: November 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Amruta Khanvilkar
(Actress)
Amruta Khanvilkar
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Birthdate: November 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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John Frost
(paratrooper)
John Frost
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 21, 1993

A major figure of The Parachute Regiment, which was operational during World War II, British Army airborne officer John Frost was also a two-time Distinguished Service Order awardee. He led campaigns and operations in places such as Malta, Libya, Sicily, and Italy, before retiring to focus on farming.

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Pankaj Advani
(Snooker player)
Pankaj Advani
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
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Anup Soni
(Actor)
Anup Soni
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Birthdate: January 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Rohini Hattangadi
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Birthdate: April 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
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Dhanraj Pillay
(Indian Field Hockey Player and Former Captain of the Indian National Team)
Dhanraj Pillay
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer

Legendary hockey player Dhanraj Pillay, who revolutionized Indian sports with his talent, appeared in four Olympics and four World Cups. He also led India to gold medals in the Asia Cup, the Asian Games, and the Champions Challenge. The Padma Shri awardee is now an Aam Aadmi Party member.

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Kunal Ganjawala
(singer)
Kunal Ganjawala
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
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Arun Khetarpal
Arun Khetarpal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 16, 1971
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Gauri Shinde
(Indian Film Director and Screenwriter)
Gauri Shinde
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Birthdate: July 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Rahul Deshpande
(Indian Classical Music Singer)
Rahul Deshpande
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
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Balkrishna V Doshi
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: August 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Yvonne Caples
(American Former Professional Boxer)
Yvonne Caples
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Gaur Gopal Das
(Spiritual Leader)
Gaur Gopal Das
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Gaur Gopal Das is an Indian lifestyle coach and motivational speaker. An alumnus of the College of Engineering, Pune, he worked as an engineer for several years before joining the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He is the author of Life's Amazing Secrets and has millions of followers on YouTube.  

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Anirban Lahiri
(Professional Golfer Who Plays on the Asian Tour and PGA Tour)
Anirban Lahiri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Aditi Mittal
(Stand-up Comedian, YouTube Personality)
Aditi Mittal
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Birthdate: November 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Ruby Myers
(Silent film actress)
Ruby Myers
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Birthdate: 1907 AD
Died: October 10, 1983
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Shital Mahajan
(Indian Extreme Sportsperson, Skydiver and the Holder of Eight World Records in the Sport)
Shital Mahajan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo

Shital Mahajan is an Indian skydiver and extreme sportsperson. In 2006, Mahajan became the first woman to jump over the South Pole. She is also the youngest female jumper to jump over both the South and North Poles. She is also the first Indian female to perform a wingsuit jump. In 2011, she was honored with the Padma Shri Award.

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Meher Baba
(Religious Leader)
Meher Baba
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Birthdate: February 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 31, 1969

Meher Baba, or the Awakener, is best remembered for his 44-year silence, during which he chiefly communicated through an alphabet board. Born into a Parsi family, he later came under the influence of spiritual leaders such as Hazrat Babajan, and started the Meher Baba Movement, in search of spiritual consciousness.

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Abhijit Kunte
(Indian Chess Player)
Abhijit Kunte
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces

Indian chess Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte has six Indian Chess Championship medals, including two gold medals. He has also been part of the Chess Olympiads four times. Now an Indian Oil employee, Kunte runs a chess academy with his sister and owns a sports business named Kinder Sports, too.

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Ebrahim Alkazi
(Indian Theatre Director and Drama Teacher)
Ebrahim Alkazi
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Birthdate: October 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 4, 2020

Ebrahim Alkazi was an Indian drama teacher and theatre director. Alkazi is credited with directing more than 50 plays, including popular productions like Tughlaq, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, and Andha Yug. A noted art collector, Alkazi is also credited with founding the Art Heritage Gallery. In 2010, Ebrahim Alkazi was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.

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Trupti Murgunde
(Dhyan Chand Award-Winning Indian Badminton Player)
Trupti Murgunde
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini

Dhyan Chand Award-winning retired Indian badminton player Trupti Murgunde is known for her success in both singles and doubles. A 5-time South Asian Games gold winner, she is now a national selector. She has also been a national coach and a commentator and now works with Indian Oil Corporation.

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Nikhil Kanetkar
(Indian Badminton Player)
Nikhil Kanetkar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus

An Olympian, Indian badminton player Nikhil Kanetkar was part of the gold-winning men’s team at the 2006 South Asian Games, where he also won an individual silver. A World Senior Champion and a Commonwealth Games team champion, he is also a sports columnist and a TV commentator.

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Rohan Pillai
(Reality Star as Cast Member on MTV India Series Roadies 13th Season)
Rohan Pillai
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Birthdate: December 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Eesha Karavade
(Indian Chess Player)
Eesha Karavade
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Indian Woman Grandmaster and International Master Eesha Karavade hails from Pune. She has won several national and international medals, including a gold at the 2011 Commonwealth Chess Championship and a bronze at the 2011 Asian Individual Women Chess Championship. She is now a mother, too.