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Popular Film Actors from India

Updated June 14, 2019 86.7k views3.1k items

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.
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  • Amitabh Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    NationalityIndia, British Raj

    Height6'2"

    ParentsHarivanshrai 'Bachchan', Teji Bachchan

    ChildrenAbhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda

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  • Prakash Raj is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InBombay, Saguni, Aarya, Dhoni, Pokkiri

    BirthplaceKarnataka, Eurasia, India, Puttur, Karnataka

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenSidhu Rai, Pooja Rai, Meghna Rai

    Prakash Raj (born Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965) is an Indian film actor, director, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Shakti Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InHar Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Andaz Apna Apna, Vijay, Naseeb, Sitapur Ki Geeta

    BirthplaceIndia, Delhi

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.83

    ChildrenShraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor

    Shakti Kapoor (born as Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor on 3 September 1952) is an Indian actor who... more on Wikipedia
  • Brahmanandam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InGhilli, Kanthaswamy, Wanted, Kuselan, Chintakayala Ravi

    BirthplaceSattenapalle, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.62

    ChildrenSid Kanneganti, Raja Goutham Kanneganti

    Brahmanandam Kanneganti (born 1 February 1956) is an Indian film actor and comedian, known for... more on Wikipedia
  • Anupam Kher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceIndia, Shimla

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsPushkarnath Kher

    ChildrenSikandar Kher

    Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor and the former Chairman of Film and... more on Wikipedia
  • Asrani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Asrani

    Age: 78

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

    BirthplaceJaipur, India

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenNaveen Asrani

    Govardhan Asrani, popularly known simply as Asrani, is an Indian actor and director whose... more on Wikipedia
  • Mithun Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Guru, Yuvvraaj, Disco Dancer, Classic Dance of Love

    BirthplaceBangladesh, Barisal

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.83

    ChildrenRimoh Chakraborty, Namashi Chakraborty, Mimoh Chakraborty, Dishani Chakraborty

    Gourang Chakraborty (born 16 June 1950), better known by his stage name Mithun Chakraborty... more on Wikipedia
  • Gulshan Grover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Gulshan Grover

    Age: 64

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

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.73

    ChildrenSanjay Grover

    Gulshan Grover (born 21 September 1955) is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 400 films.... more on Wikipedia
  • Madan Puri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Madan Puri

    Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)

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

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan

    NationalityIndia

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Paresh Rawal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InHar Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Andaz Apna Apna, Swarg, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Souten

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.83

    ChildrenAditya Rawal, Aniruddh Rawal

    Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1955) is an Indian film actor, comedian and politician known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • Aruna Irani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai

    NationalityIndia

    Aruna Irani (born 18 August 1946) is an Indian actress who has acted in over 300 films in... more on Wikipedia
  • Johnny Lever is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InKabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Indian, Koi... Mil Gaya, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

    BirthplaceIndia, Prakasam district

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.75

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Kader Khan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Kader Khan

    Age: 84

    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

    ChildrenSarfaraz Khan, Shahnawaz Khan

    Kader Khan (Pashto: قادر خان‎ Qâder Xân; 22 October 1937 – 31 December 2018) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Amrish Puri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    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

    NationalityIndia

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Veer-Zaara, Devdas, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.73

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • Prem Chopra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceLahore, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan

    NationalityIndia

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Dharmendra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Dharmendra

    Age: 84

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

    BirthplaceIndia, Ludhiana

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.78

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Akshay Kumar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Films Acted InDil To Pagal Hai, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Welcome, Jaanemann, De Dana Dan

    BirthplaceIndia, Amritsar

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.85

    ParentsAruna Bhatia

    ChildrenAarav Kumar, Nitara Kumar

    Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia (born 9 September 1967), known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rekha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Rekha

    Age: 65

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

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.7

    ParentsGemini Ganesan, Pushpavalli

    Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian... more on Wikipedia
  • Ajay Devgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.8

    ParentsVeeru Devgan, Veena Devgan

    ChildrenNysa Devgan, Yug Devgan

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  • Satyendra Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Satyendra Kapoor

    Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

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

    BirthplacePanipat, India

    NationalityIndia

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  • Sanjay Dutt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.83

    ParentsNargis, Sunil Dutt

    ChildrenTrishala Dutt, Iqra Dutt, Shahraan Dutt

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  • Ashok Kumar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Ashok Kumar

    Dec. at 90 (1911-2001)

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

    BirthplaceIndia, Bhagalpur

    NationalityIndia

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Pran Sikhand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

    Pran Sikhand

    Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

    Films Acted InBobby, Bewafai, Naseeb, Guddi, Souten

    BirthplaceIndia, Ballimaran

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.7

    ParentsRameshwari, Lala Kewal Krishnan Sikand

    ChildrenSunil Sikand, Raju Shrestha, Arvind Sikand, Pinky Sikand

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  • Hema Malini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from India

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

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.68

    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 on Wikipedia
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