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Popular Film Actors from India

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List of famous film actors and actresses from India, listed by their popularity with photos when available. India has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Indian screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of India and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Dr Divakar and Kalabhavan Mani are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Indian actors?" and "Which movies stars are from India?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of India in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Indian film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Om Puri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
Om Rajesh Puri OBE is an Indian actor who has appeared in mainstream commercial Indian and British films, Independent films and art films. His credits also include appearances in American films. ...more
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 46
Aishwarya Rai, known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after her marriage, is an Indian actress and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 1994. Through her successful Bollywood career, she has ...more
Salman Khan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 54
Salman Khan is an Indian actor, producer, philanthropist and television personality. He is the son of actor and screenwriter Salim Khan. Khan began his acting career with Biwi Ho To Aisi but it ...more
Nassar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 61
Nassar is an Indian film actor, director and producer, who mainly works in the South Indian film industry.
Ali is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 51
Ali is a South Indian actor who has acted in more than 1000 films in the Telugu, Tamil and Bollywood film industries. He is a regular actor in Puri Jagannath and Pawan Kalyan movies. The Academy ...more
Mohanlal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 59
Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair better known as Mohanlal is an Indian actor, film producer, singer and writer best known for his work in Malayalam films. Film critics, contemporaries, and other ...more
Iftekhar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 75 (1920-1995)
Iftekhar Khan, often mononymously credited as Iftekhar was a character actor in Bollywood films, especially known for his roles as police officers.
Dinesh Hingoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dinesh Hingoo, born Dinesh Hingorani, is a Bollywood actor who has played mainly comic roles. He has appeared in over 300 films. Hingoo, who has appeared in about 296 films, from Taqdeer to Be ...more
Jagathi Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 68
Sreekumar Achary, better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, is an Indian film actor know for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has starred in more than 1,500 films in a career spanning ...more
Farida Jalal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 70
Farida Jalal is an Indian actress and comedian, who has acted in over two-hundred Bollywood films. She has also been a part of Indian television, with comedy-shows such as Shararat and Satrangi ...more
Helen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 80
Helen Jairag Richardson is an Anglo-Burmese Indian film actress and dancer, working in Hindi films. She is the step-mother of Salman Khan and has appeared in over 500 films. She is often cited ...more
Abhishek Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 43
Abhishek Bachchan is an Indian film actor, producer and occasional playback singer. Bachchan made his acting debut in the drama film Refugee. After earning little praise for his roles in a ...more
Mammootty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 66
Mammootty is an Indian film actor and producer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has also acted in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada films. During a career spanning more than three ...more
Ranjeet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
Gopal Bedi is an actor in Indian films and television, born in Jandiala Guru near Amritsar. He has played mostly character roles, with roles as the villain dominating his over 200 Hindi films. ...more
Kamal Haasan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 65
Kamal Haasan is an actor, screenwriter and film producer.
Rajesh Khanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 70 (1942-2012)
Rajesh Khanna was an actor.
Sharat Saxena is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
Sharat Saxena is an Indian actor working in Bollywood films. He has acted in more than 250 Bollywood films. Saxena started his career in the early 1970s and has mainly played either supporting ...more
Asit Sen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)
Asit Sen was an Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked both in Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka now in modern day Bangladesh when it was part of East ...more
Naseeruddin Shah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film and stage actor and director, and a prominent figure in Indian parallel cinema. Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film ...more
Shashi Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 81
Shashi Kapoor, born as Balbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor on 18 March 1938, is an Indian film actor and film producer. He has also been a film director and assistant director in the Hindi film ...more
Jackie Shroff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 59
Jackie Shroff is an Indian actor. He has been in the Hindi cinema industry for almost 4 decades and has appeared in over 175 films in Nine languages .
Rajendra Nath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 77 (1931-2008)
Rajendra Nath Malhotra was a comedian actor in Nepalese, Indian Hindi and Punjabi films.
Rajnikanth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. Rajinikanth struggled as an impoverished child. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport ...more
Hrithik Roshan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 45
Hrithik Roshan is an Indian film actor. He has established a successful career in Bollywood, has won six Filmfare Awards, and is cited in the media as one of the most attractive male celebrities ...more
Ashish Vidyarthi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 57
Ashish Vidyarthi is an Indian film actor known who works in multiple language films. He has won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1995. He is noted for his antagonist