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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.
Amitabh Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 77
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
Prakash Raj is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 54
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 ...more
Shakti Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 61
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 ...more
Brahmanandam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 63
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
Anupam Kher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 64
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. ...more
Asrani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 78
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 ...more
Mithun Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
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 ...more
Gulshan Grover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Gulshan Grover age 64
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
Madan Puri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)
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 ...more
Paresh Rawal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 69
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
Aruna Irani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 67
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 ...more
Johnny Lever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 62
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
Kader Khan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 84
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 ...more
Amrish Puri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)
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
Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 54
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 ...more
Prem Chopra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 84
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 ...more
Dharmendra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 84
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 ...more
Akshay Kumar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 52
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 ...more
Rekha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 65
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 ...more
Ajay Devgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 50
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 ...more
Satyendra Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
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 ...more
Sanjay Dutt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 60
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 ...more
Ashok Kumar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 90 (1911-2001)
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 ...more
Pran Sikhand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)
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Hema Malini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 71
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 ...more