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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 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 54
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 61
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 63
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 64
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 78
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 69
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 64
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
Dec. 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 69
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 67
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 62
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 84
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
Dec. 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 54
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 84
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 84
Dharmendra is an actor.
Akshay Kumar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
age 52
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 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
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
Dec. 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 60
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
Dec. at 90 (1911-2001)
Ashok Kumar was an actor.
Pran Sikhand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from India
Dec. 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 71
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