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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 76 Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Deewar and Zanjeer, and was dubbed India's first "angry young man" for ...more

Prakash Raj is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 53 Prakash Raj is an Indian film actor, film director, producer and television presenter who mainly works in the South Indian film industry. He acted in back-to-back stage shows for 300 a month in ...more

Shakti Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 60 Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor is an Indian Bollywood actor. He is known as one of the leading villains in Bollywood movies for more than three decades. He has also been applauded for playing comic ...more

Brahmanandam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 62 Brahmanandam Kanneganti, is an Indian film actor and comedian. Hailing from Sattenapalli in Andhra Pradesh, he mostly acts in Telugu films. Prior to films, he was a Telugu lecturer in Attili, a ...more

Anupam Kher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 63 Anupam Kher is an Indian actor who has appeared in several hundred films and many plays. Mainly working in Bollywood films, he has also appeared in acclaimed international films such as the 2002 ...more

Asrani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 77 Govardhan Asrani, popularly known simply as Asrani, is an Indian actor and director whose Bollywood career has spanned five decades. He has played in both Gujarati and Hindi films, and his roles ...more

Mithun Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 68 Gouranga Chakraborty, better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty, informally referred to as Mithun Da, is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a ...more

Gulshan Grover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 63 Gulshan Grover 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 international cinema. He ...more

Madan Puri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Died at 70 (1915-1985) Madan Singh Puri was an Indian actor of Hindi and Punjabi films. As a character actor mainly in negative roles, he acted in about 400 films in a career spanning fifty years.

Paresh Rawal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 68 Paresh Rawal is an Indian film actor, thespian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood and Telugu cinema. He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament ...more

Aruna Irani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 66 Aruna Irani is an Indian actress who has acted in over 300 films mostly playing supporting roles. She has danced in the songs "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" from film Jyoti, "Chadti ...more

Johnny Lever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 61 John Prakasa Rao Janumala, better known as Johnny Lever, is an Indian film actor and one of the most noted comedians in Hindi cinema. Lever has received thirteen Filmfare Awards nominations in ...more

Kader Khan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 83 Kader Khan is an Indian film actor, comedian, script and dialogue writer, as well as director. He has appeared in over 300 films after his debut in the 1973 film Daag in which he acted as a ...more

Amrish Puri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Died at 73 (1932-2005) Amrish Lal Puri was an Indian leading theatre and film actor, who was a key player in the Indian theatre movement that picked up steam in the 1960s. He worked with notable playwrights of the ...more

Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 53 Shah Rukh Khan, also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as "Baadshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" or ...more

Prem Chopra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 83 Prem Chopra is an actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has acted in 320 films over a span of over 50 years. He has a soft spoken diction despite being a villain in most films.

Dharmendra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 83 Dharmendra is an actor.

Akshay Kumar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 51 Akshay Kumar born on 9 September 1967 is an Indian film actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has been nominated for Filmfare Awards several ...more

Rekha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 64 Rekha is an actor.

Ajay Devgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 49 Ajay Devgn also known as Ajay Devgan is an Indian film actor, director, and producer. He is widely considered as one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema. Devgn has won numerous awards in his ...more

Satyendra Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Died at 76 (1931-2007) Satyen Kappu, also credited as Satyendra Kapoor, was an Indian character actor in Bollywood films. His most remembered role is Ramlal in movie Sholay and as Amitabh Bachchan's father in Yash ...more

Sanjay Dutt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 59 Sanjay Balraj Dutt is an Indian film actor, producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. He was briefly associated with politics and is also infamous for keeping a weapon for self-defense during ...more

Ashok Kumar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Died at 90 (1911-2001) Ashok Kumar was an actor.

Pran Sikhand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Died at 93 (1920-2013) Pran Krishan Sikand, better known by his mononym, Pran, was a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award-winning Indian actor, known as a movie villain and character actor in Hindi cinema from the 1940s ...more

Hema Malini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 70 Hema Malini is an Indian actress, director and producer, Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, and a politician, well known for her roles in Hindi cinema. She made her acting debut in Sapno Ka ...more

Om Puri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 68 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 45 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 53 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 60 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 50 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 58 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
Died 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 67 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 69 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 79 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 42 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 65 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 64 Kamal Haasan is an actor, screenwriter and film producer.

Rajesh Khanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Died 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 68 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
Died 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 68 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 80 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 58 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
Died 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 68 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 44 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 56 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