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Popular Film Actors from India

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.
  • Films Acted InThe Great Gatsby, Veer-Zaara, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Sholay, The Chess Players

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    NationalityIndia, British Raj


    ParentsHarivanshrai 'Bachchan', Teji Bachchan

    ChildrenAbhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda

    Amitabh Bachchan (pronounced [əmɪˈtaːbʱ ˈbətʃːən]; born Inquilaab Srivastava; 11 October 1942) is an Indian film actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer and former  ...more

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  • Films Acted InBombay, Saguni, Aarya, Dhoni, Pokkiri

    BirthplaceIndia, Bangalore


    ChildrenSidhu Rai, Pooja Rai, Meghna Rai

    Prakash Raj (born Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965) is an Indian film actor, director, producer, polyglot,thespian, television presenter, activist and politician who is known for his works in the South  ...more
  • Films Acted InHar Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Andaz Apna Apna, Vijay, Naseeb, Sitapur Ki Geeta

    BirthplaceIndia, Delhi



    ChildrenShraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor

    Shakti Kapoor (born as Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor on 3 September 1952) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. Known for his villainous and comic roles in Hindi films, he has featured in  ...more
  • Films Acted InGhilli, Kanthaswamy, Wanted, Kuselan, Chintakayala Ravi

    BirthplaceSattenapalle, India



    ChildrenSid Kanneganti, Raja Goutham Kanneganti

    Brahmanandam Kanneganti (born 1 February 1956) is an Indian film actor and comedian, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most  ...more
  • Films Acted InSilver Linings Playbook, Bend It like Beckham, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Veer-Zaara, Lust

    BirthplaceShimla, Eurasia, India



    ParentsPushkarnath Kher

    ChildrenSikandar Kher

    Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor and the former Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards. He has  ...more
  • Age: 80

    Films Acted InSholay, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Namak Haraam, Aap Ki Kasam, Bawarchi

    BirthplaceJaipur district, Jaipur, Eurasia, India, Jaipur division


    ChildrenNaveen Asrani

    Govardhan Asrani, popularly known simply as Asrani, is an Indian actor and director whose Bollywood career has spanned five decades. He has acted in over 350 Hindi films. Asrani has played the lead  ...more
  • Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Guru, Yuvvraaj, Disco Dancer, Classic Dance of Love

    BirthplaceBangladesh, Barisal



    ChildrenRimoh Chakraborty, Namashi Chakraborty, Mimoh Chakraborty, Dishani Chakraborty

    Gourang Chakraborty (born 16 June 1950), better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty (informally referred to as Mithun Da), is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker,  ...more
  • Gulshan Grover

    Age: 66

    Films Acted InVijay, Lajja, Sadma, Earth, Dil Maange More

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India



    ChildrenSanjay Grover

    Gulshan Grover (born 21 September 1955) is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 400 films. He is among the first actors to have made a successful transition from Bollywood to Hollywood and  ...more
  • Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)

    Films Acted InChina Town, Deewaar, Mehbooba, Ajnabee, Apna Desh

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan


    ParentsS. Nihal Singh Puri, Ved Kaur

    ChildrenPravesh Puri, Kamlesh Puri, Ramesh Puri

    Madan Puri (1915 – 13 January 1985) was an Indian actor of Hindi and Punjabi films. His brother was Amrish Puri. As a character actor mainly in negative roles (villain), he acted in about 430 films  ...more
  • Films Acted InHar Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Andaz Apna Apna, Swarg, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Souten

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai



    ChildrenAditya Rawal, Aniruddh Rawal

    Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1955) is an Indian film actor, comedian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood. He was a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament  ...more
  • Films Acted InBobby, Indian, Dil To Pagal Hai, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Kudrat

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai


    Aruna Irani (born 18 August 1946) is an Indian actress who has acted in over 300 films in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati cinema, mostly playing supporting and character roles. She has danced in  ...more
  • Films Acted InKabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Indian, Koi... Mil Gaya, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

    BirthplaceIndia, Prakasam district



    ParentsPrakash Rao Janumala, Karunamma Janumala

    ChildrenJessey Lever, Jamie Lever

    Johnny Lever (born 14 August 1957) is an Indian film actor and one of the most noted comedians in Hindi cinema. Lever is one of the first stand-up comedians in India. Lever has received thirteen  ...more
  • Age: 86

    Films Acted InSaajan, Naseeb, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Daag: A Poem of Love

    BirthplaceBalochistan, Pakistan, Pakistan, Eurasia, Pishin

    NationalityCanada, Pakistan, India

    ParentsIqbal Begum, Abdul Rehman Khan

    ChildrenShahnawaz Khan, Sarfaraz Khan

    Kader Khan (Pashto: قادر خان‎ Qâder Xân; 22 October 1937 – 31 December 2018) was an Indian-Canadian film actor, screenwriter, comedian, and director. As an actor, he appeared in over 300 films after  ...more
  • Dec. at 72 (1932-2005)

    Films Acted InIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gandhi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kaalapani, Thalapathi

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan


    ParentsS. Nihal Singh Puri, Ved Kaur

    ChildrenNamrata Puri, Rajiv Puri

    Amrish Lal Puri (22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005) was an Indian actor, who was an important figure in Indian theatre and cinema. He worked with notable playwrights of the time, including Satyadev  ...more
  • Films Acted InDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Veer-Zaara, Devdas, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India



    ParentsLateef Fatima Khan, Taj Mohammed Khan

    ChildrenAryan Khan, Suhana Khan, AbRam Khan

    Shah Rukh Khan (born 2 November 1965), also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "King  ...more

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  • Films Acted InBobby, Bride and Prejudice, Koi... Mil Gaya, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Do Raaste

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan


    ParentsRooprani Chopra, Ranbirlal Chopra

    ChildrenPrerana Chopra, Punita Chopra, Rakita Chopra

    Prem Chopra (born 23 September 1935) is an Indian actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has acted in 380 films over a span of over 60 years. He has a soft-spoken diction despite being a villain in  ...more
  • Age: 85

    Films Acted InSholay, Om Shanti Om, Life In A... Metro, Naseeb, Guddi

    BirthplaceIndia, Ludhiana



    ParentsKewal Kishan Singh Deol, Satwant Kaur

    ChildrenSunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Vijeta Deol

    Dharam Singh Deol (Born 8 December 1935) is an Indian film actor, producer, and politician. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. One of  ...more
  • Films Acted InDil To Pagal Hai, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Welcome, Jaanemann, De Dana Dan

    BirthplaceAmritsar, India



    ParentsAruna Bhatia

    ChildrenNitara Kumar, Aarav Kumar

    Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia (born 9 September 1967), known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an Indian-born Canadian actor, producer, television personality, martial artist, stuntman and philanthropist who  ...more
  • Age: 67

    Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Koi... Mil Gaya, Namak Haraam, Krrish, Lajja

    BirthplaceChennai, India



    ParentsGemini Ganesan, Pushpavalli

    Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film actress. Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema,  ...more
  • Films Acted InYuva, Lajja, London Dreams, LOC Kargil, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, New Delhi



    ParentsVeeru Devgan, Veena Devgan

    ChildrenNysa Devgan, Yug Devgan

    Vishal Devgan (born 2 April 1969), known professionally as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most popular and influential actors of  ...more
  • Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

    Films Acted InSholay, Kudrat, Deewaar, Apna Desh, Souten

    BirthplacePanipat, India


    Satyen Kappu (1931 – 27 October 2007), also credited as Satyen Kappoo, was an Indian character actor in Bollywood films. He has acted in 390 films. His most remembered role is Ramlal in the movie  ...more
  • Films Acted InAladin, Om Shanti Om, Saajan, Mission Kashmir, LOC Kargil

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai



    ParentsNargis, Sunil Dutt

    ChildrenTrishala Dutt, Iqra Dutt, Shahraan Dutt

    Sanjay Balraj Dutt (born 29 July 1959) is an Indian actor and film producer who works in Hindi films. He is the recipient of several awards, including two Filmfare Awards and three Screen Awards.  ...more
  • Dec. at 90 (1911-2001)

    Films Acted InAakraman, Jewel Thief, Anuraag, Shakti, Aradhana

    BirthplaceBhagalpur district, Eurasia, Bhagalpur division, Bihar, India


    ParentsKunjalal Ganguly, Gouri Devi

    ChildrenPreeti Ganguly, Aroop Ganguly, Rupa Ganguly

    Ashok Kumar (13 October 1911 – 10 December 2001), born Kumudlal Ganguly, and also fondly called Dadamoni, was an Indian film actor who attained iconic status in Indian cinema. He was honoured in 1988  ...more
  • Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    Films Acted InBobby, Bewafai, Naseeb, Guddi, Souten

    BirthplaceIndia, Ballimaran



    ParentsRameshwari, Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand

    ChildrenArvind Sikand, Sunil Sikand, Pinky Sikand

    Pran may refer to:  ...more
  • Films Acted InVeer-Zaara, Sholay, Hey Ram, Vijay, Kudrat




    ParentsJaya Chakravarthy, V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarthy

    ChildrenSunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Esha Deol, Ahana Deol

    Hema Malini (born 16 October 1948) is an Indian actress, writer, director, producer, dancer and politician. In 1962, she made her acting debut in the Tamil film Ithu Sathiyam. Malini first acted in a  ...more