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Popular Film Actors from India

Updated June 14, 2019 87.2k views3.1k items

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

    Om Puri

    Age: 70

    Films Acted InGandhi, Charlie Wilson's War, The Ghost and the Darkness, Wolf, Hey Ram

    BirthplaceIndia, Ambala

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.78

    ChildrenIshaan Puri

    Om Prakash Puri, (18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017) was an Indian actor who appeared in... more on Wikipedia
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    Films Acted InDevdas, Bride and Prejudice, The Pink Panther 2, Dhoom 2, I Have Found It

    BirthplaceMangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'6"

    ParentsKrishnaraj Rai, Brindya Rai

    ChildrenAaradhya Bachchan

    Aishwarya Rai (born 1 November 1973), also known by her married name Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,... more on Wikipedia

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    #19 of 53 The Top South Indian Actresses of Today#3 of 241 The Most Stunning Indian Models

  • Salman Khan

    Films Acted InKuch Kuch Hota Hai, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Andaz Apna Apna, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam

    BirthplaceIndore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.74

    ParentsSalim Khan, Sushila Charak

    Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan (pronounced [səlˈmaːn ˈxaːn]; born 27 December 1965) is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Nassar

    Nassar

    Age: 61

    Films Acted InBombay, Vishwaroopam, Vettai, Hey Ram, Saguni

    BirthplaceMelmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, main campus, Kanchipuram district, Eurasia, India

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsMehaboob Basha, Mumtaz Beghum

    Nassar (Arabic: نصار‎), is an Arabic surname. It means Helper, Protector, Supporter,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ali

    Ali

    Age: 52

    Films Acted InFitting Master, Chintakayala Ravi, Jalsa, Varudu, Settai

    BirthplaceIndia, Rajahmundry

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsMohammed Basha, Zaitun Bibi

    ChildrenMohd. Fathima Rameezun, Zuveria Meethi, Mohd Abdul Subhan

    Ali (born 10 October, 1970) is an Indian actor and TV presenter who works predominantly in... more on Wikipedia
  • Mohanlal

    Mohanlal

    Age: 60

    Films Acted InKireedam, Thoovanathumbikal, The Ornate Lock, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Kaalapani

    BirthplacePathanamthitta, India, Elanthoor

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.72

    ParentsVishwanathan Nair, Santhakumari

    ChildrenVismaya, Pranav Mohanlal

    Mohanlal Viswanathan (born 21 May 1960), better known as Mohanlal, is an Indian actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    #745 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#8 of 56 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

  • Iftekhar

    Iftekhar

    Dec. at 75 (1920-1995)

    Films Acted InRaja Rani, Sholay, Deewaar, Karm, Ishq Ishq Ishq

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan

    NationalityIndia

    Sayaddana Iftekhar Ahmed Shareef, often mononymously credited as Iftekhar, (22 February 1920 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Dinesh Hingoo, born Dinesh Hingorani, is a Bollywood actor who has played mainly comic roles.... more on Wikipedia
  • Jagathi Sreekumar

    Films Acted InKireedam, Thoovanathumbikal, Thanmathra, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Kilukkam

    BirthplaceJagathy

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsPrasanna Achary, Jagathy N. K. Achary

    ChildrenParvathi Sreekumar, Rajkumar Sreekumar, SreeLakshmi Sreekumar

    Sreekumar PK, better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, or simply Jagathy, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Farida Jalal

    Films Acted InDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Bobby, The Chess Players, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.55

    ChildrenYaseen Jalal

    Farida Jalal (born 14 March 1949) is an Indian actress. In a film career spanning almost fifty... more on Wikipedia
  • Helen

    Helen

    Age: 81

    Films Acted InSholay, China Town, Mohabbatein, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa, Shaan

    BirthplaceMyanmar, Yangon

    NationalityIndia, Myanmar

    ParentsJairag

    ChildrenArpita Khan

    Helen Ann Richardson Khan (born Helen Ann Richardson on 21 November 1938), popularly known as... more on Wikipedia
  • Abhishek Bachchan

    Films Acted InLike Stars on Earth, Om Shanti Om, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Dhoom 2, Hum Tum

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.85

    ParentsAmitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan

    ChildrenAaradhya Bachchan

    Abhishek Bachchan (born 5 February 1976) is an Indian film actor and film producer known for... more on Wikipedia
  • Mammootty

    Mammootty

    Age: 66

    Films Acted InThaniyavarthanam, Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha, Anubhavangal Paalichakal, Thalapathi, I Have Found It

    BirthplaceChempu, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'10"

    ParentsFatima Panaparambil, Ismail Panaparambil

    ChildrenDulquer Salmaan, Kutty Surumi

    Muhammad Kutty Paniparambil Ismail (born 7 September 1951), better known by his stage name... more on Wikipedia
  • Ranjeet

    Ranjeet

    Age: 69

    Films Acted InAap Ki Kasam, Bunty Aur Babli, Karan Arjun, Koyla, Chhailla Babu

    BirthplaceIndia, Jandiala Guru

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenDivyanka Bedi

    Gopal Bedi (popularly known by his screen name Ranjeet; born 12 November 1942) is an actor in... more on Wikipedia
  • Kamal Haasan

    Films Acted InVishwaroopam, Hey Ram, Indian, Moondram Pirai, Nayakan

    BirthplaceParamakudi, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.65

    ParentsD. Srinivasan, Rajalakshmi Srinivasan

    ChildrenShruti Haasan, Akshara haasan

    Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback... more on Wikipedia

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    #1723 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#21 of 68 The Top South Indian Actors of Today

  • Rajesh Khanna

    Rajesh Khanna

    Dec. at 70 (1942-2012)

    Films Acted InRaja Rani, Om Shanti Om, Anand, Namak Haraam, Vijay

    BirthplaceIndia, Amritsar

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.75

    ParentsLala Hiranand, Chunni Lal Khanna, Chandrani Khanna, Leela Wati Khanna

    ChildrenRinke Khanna, Twinkle Khanna

    Rajesh Khanna (pronounced [rɑːˈdʒeːʃ kʰənˈnə], pronunciation , born Jatin Khanna (29 December... more on Wikipedia
  • Sharat Saxena

    Films Acted InGunaa, Krrish, Kaala Patthar, Fanaa, Bodyguard

    BirthplaceIndia, Satna

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.77

    ChildrenVishal Saxena, Veera Saxena

    Sharat Saxena (born 17 August 1950) is an Indian actor working in Bollywood films. He has also... more on Wikipedia
  • Asit Sen

    Asit Sen

    Dec. at 79 (1922-2001)

    Films Acted InRaja Rani, Anand, Do Raaste, Ajnabee, Anuraag

    BirthplaceDhaka, Bangladesh

    NationalityBangladesh, India

    ChildrenSujit Sen

    Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was a Bengali Indian film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • Naseeruddin Shah

    Films Acted InThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Monsoon Wedding, Hey Ram, A Wednesday!, Krrish

    BirthplaceBarabanki city, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.78

    ChildrenHeeba Shah, Imaad Shah, Vivaan Shah

    Naseeruddin Shah (born 20 July 1949) is an Indian film and stage actor and director in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Shashi Kapoor

    Films Acted InSiddhartha, Deewaar, Silsila, Kaala Patthar, Trishul

    BirthplaceIndia, Kolkata

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.8

    ParentsPrithviraj Kapoor, Ramsarni Mehra Kapoor

    ChildrenSanjana Kapoor, Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor

    Shashi Kapoor (born Balbir Raj Kapoor; 18 March 1938 – 4 December 2017) was an Indian actor... more on Wikipedia
  • Jackie Shroff

    Films Acted InDevdas, Lajja, Mission Kashmir, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Heera Panna

    BirthplaceUdgir, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height6'0"

    ParentsRita Shroff, Kakubhai Shroff

    ChildrenTiger Shroff, Krishna Shroff

    Jai Kishan Kakubhai "Jackie" Shroff (born 1 February 1957) is an Indian actor. He has been in... more on Wikipedia
  • Rajendra Nath

    Rajendra Nath

    Dec. at 77 (1931-2008)

    Films Acted InThe Train, Baharon Ke Sapne, Babu, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Hare Rama Hare Krishna

    BirthplacePeshawar, Pakistan

    NationalityIndia

    Rajendra Nath Malhotra (8 June 1931 − 13 February 2008) was an Indian actor and comedian in... more on Wikipedia
  • Rajnikanth

    Rajnikanth

    Age: 69

    Films Acted InSivaji, Thalapathi, Chandramukhi, 16 Vayathinile, Thillu Mullu

    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'8"

    ParentsRamoji Rao Gaekwad, Jijabai

    ChildrenAishwarya R. Dhanush, Soundarya R. Ashwin

    Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born 12 December 1950), known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth,... more on Wikipedia
  • Hrithik Roshan

    Films Acted InKabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Dhoom 2, Koi... Mil Gaya, Jodhaa Akbar, Krrish

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.82

    ParentsRakesh Roshan, Pinky Roshan

    ChildrenHridhaan Roshan, Hrehaan Roshan

    Hrithik Roshan (English: , born 10 January 1974) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ashish Vidyarthi

    Films Acted InGhilli, Kanthaswamy, Thiruthani, Aaru, Bheemaa

    BirthplaceIndia, Hyderabad

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsReba Vidyarthi, Govind Vidyarthi

    ChildrenArth Vidyarthi

    Ashish Vidyarthi (born 19 June 1962) is an Indian film actor and motivational speaker, known... more on Wikipedia