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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

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

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India



    ParentsHarivanshrai 'Bachchan', Teji Bachchan

    ChildrenAbhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda

    Amitabh Bachchan (pronounced [əmɪˈtaːbʱ ˈbətʃːən]; born Inquilaab Srivastava; 11 October 1942)...  more
  • Prakash Raj

    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,...  more
  • Shakti Kapoor

    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...  more
  • Brahmanandam

    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...  more
  • Anupam Kher

    Films Acted InSilver Linings Playbook, Bend It like Beckham, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Veer-Zaara, Lust

    BirthplaceShimla, India


    ParentsPushkarnath Kher

    ChildrenSikandar Kher

    Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor and the former Chairman of Film and...  more
  • Asrani


    Age: 79

    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...  more
  • Mithun Chakraborty

    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...  more
  • Gulshan Grover

    Gulshan Grover

    Age: 64

    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....  more
  • Madan Puri

    Madan Puri

    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...  more
  • Paresh Rawal

    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...  more
  • Aruna Irani

    Films Acted InBobby, Indian, Dil To Pagal Hai, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Kudrat

    BirthplaceMumbai, India


    Aruna Irani (born 18 August 1946) is an Indian actress who has acted in over 300 films in...  more
  • Johnny Lever

    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

    ChildrenJamie Lever, Jessey Lever

    Johnny Lever (born 14 August 1957) is an Indian film actor and one of the most noted comedians...  more
  • Kader Khan

    Kader Khan

    Age: 85

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

    BirthplacePakistan, Pishin, Pakistan

    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...  more
  • Amrish Puri

    Amrish Puri

    Dec. at 73 (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...  more
  • Shahrukh Khan

    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

    Shah Rukh Khan (born 2 November 1965), also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor,...  more

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  • Prem Chopra

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

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan


    ParentsRooprani Chopra, Ranbirlal Chopra

    ChildrenRakita Chopra, Prerana Chopra, Punita Chopra

    Prem Chopra (born 23 September 1935) is an Indian actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has...  more
  • Dharmendra


    Age: 85

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

    BirthplaceIndia, Ludhiana



    ParentsKewal Kishan Singh Deol, Satwant Kaur

    ChildrenBobby Deol, Esha Deol, Ajeita Deol, Sunny Deol, Ahana Deol

    Dharam Singh Deol (Born 8 December 1935) is an Indian film actor, producer, and politician. In...  more
  • Akshay Kumar

    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...  more
  • Rekha


    Age: 66

    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...  more
  • Ajay Devgan

    Films Acted InYuva, Lajja, London Dreams, LOC Kargil, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India



    ParentsVeeru Devgan, Veena Devgan

    ChildrenYug Devgan, Nysa Devgan

    Vishal Devgan (born 2 April 1969), known professionally as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film...  more
  • Satyendra Kapoor

    Satyendra Kapoor

    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...  more
  • Sanjay Dutt

    Films Acted InAladin, Om Shanti Om, Saajan, Mission Kashmir, LOC Kargil

    BirthplaceMumbai, India



    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...  more

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  • Ashok Kumar

    Ashok Kumar

    Dec. at 90 (1911-2001)

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

    BirthplaceBhagalpur district, Eurasia, Bhagalpur division, Bihar, India


    ParentsKunjalal Ganguly, Gouri Devi

    ChildrenRupa Ganguly, Rupa Ganguli, Arun Ganguly, Preeti Ganguly

    Ashok Kumar (13 October 1911 – 10 December 2001), born Kumudlal Ganguly, and also fondly...  more
  • Pran Sikhand

    Pran Sikhand

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    Films Acted InBobby, Bewafai, Naseeb, Guddi, Souten

    BirthplaceIndia, Ballimaran



    ParentsRameshwari, Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand

    ChildrenSunil Sikand, Raju Shrestha, Arvind Sikand, Pinky Sikand

    Pran may refer to:...  more
  • Hema Malini

    Films Acted InVeer-Zaara, Sholay, Hey Ram, Vijay, Kudrat




    ParentsJaya Chakravarthy, V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarthy

    ChildrenEsha Deol, Ahana Deol

    Hema Malini (born 16 October 1948) is an Indian actress, writer, director, producer, dancer...  more