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Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, playback singer, producer, and television host.

Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and received critical acclaim for portraying modern youth.

The film also won a National award. Following it, he made the cult war film Lakshya (2004) and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride and Prejudice (2004), for which he wrote the lyrics.

He went on to make the commercially successful Don (2006). He directed a short film titled Positive (2007), to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS.

  • Full name: Farhan Akhtar
  • Profession: Indian film director, actor
  • Born: 9 January 1974 (age 46 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar (m. 2000–2017)
  • Children: Shakya Akhtar, Akira Akhtar
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Nana Patekar

Nana Patekar is an Indian film actor and writer, philanthropist and filmmaker, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi cinema.

He is best known for his role in the film Agni Sakshi written by Ranbir Pushp for which he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He also won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Parinda (1989).

He then won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Angaar (1992). In 1995, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor as well as the Filmfare and the Screen awards for Best Actor for his role in Krantiveer (1994).

He also won his second Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Apaharan (2005). In 2017 he won the Filmfare Marathi award for best actor for his performance in Natsamrat.

He, along with Irrfan Khan, are the only actor(s) ever to win Filmfare Award for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain categories.

He was bestowed with the fourth highest civilian honour of India, the Padma Shri award for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts.

  • Full name: Nana Patekar
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 1 January 1951 (age 69 years), Murud-Janjira Fort, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Neelakanti Patekar (m. 1978)
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Sunny Deol

Ajay Singh Deol, better known as Sunny Deol, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, politician and the current member of parliament from Gurdaspur of Punjab State.

He is known for his work in Hindi cinema and has won two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards.

Deol made his debut opposite fellow debutante Amrita Singh in Betaab (1982), for which he received a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.

Subsequently, he went on to star in numerous successful films in the 1980s and 1990s.

With his portrayal of an amateur boxer wrongly accused of his brother’s murder in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ghayal in 1990, Deol gained wide recognition and praise and won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film).

His portrayal of a lawyer in the film Damini – Lightning (1993) won him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Anil Sharma’s Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), in which Deol portrayed a lorry driver who falls in love with a Muslim girl, was the highest grossing Bollywood film ever at the time of its release, and garnered him a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.

  • Full name: Ajay Singh Deol
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 19 October 1956 (age 63 years), Sahnewal, India
  • Spouse: Pooja Deol (m. 1984)
  • TV shows: The Kapil Sharma Show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, Pakdam Pakdai, India’s Best Dramebaaz
  • Children: Karan Deol, Rajvir Deol
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Manoj Bajpai

Manoj Bajpayee, also credited as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema and has also done Telugu and Tamil language films.

He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2019, he was given India’s fourth-highest civilian honor Padma Shri for his contributions to art.

Bajpayee aspired to become an actor since childhood. He relocated to Delhi at the age of seventeen, and applied for the National School of Drama, only to be rejected four times.

He continued to do theatre while studying in college. Bajpayee made his feature film debut with a one-minute role in Drohkaal (1994), and a minor role of a dacoit in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994).

After a few unnoticed roles, he played the gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama Satya, which proved to be a breakthrough.

Bajpayee received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the film. He then acted in films such as Kaun (1999) and Shool (1999).

For the latter, he won his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Bajpayee further played a prince with two wives in Zubeidaa (2001), a serial killer in Aks (2001) and a hitchhiker-turned-psychopath killer in Road (2002).

  • Full name: Manoj Bajpayee
  • Profession: Indian film actor
  • Born: 23 April 1969 (age 50 years), Belwa, East Champaran
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Neha (m. 2006)
  • Upcoming movies: Extraction, Mumbai Saga
  • Awards: Padma Shri and others
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Dilip Kumar

Muhammad Yusuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, is an actor, producer and philanthropist, who was later elected to India’s parliament.

Popularly known as The Tragedy King and The First Khan, he has been credited with bringing realism to film acting since his first film.

Critics have acclaimed him as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema.

Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies.

In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films.

Kumar is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the heartwarming Babul (1950), the impassioned Deedar (1951), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), social drama Daag (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Yahudi (1958), Madhumati (1958), Kohinoor (1960), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social dacoit crime drama Gunga Jamuna (1961), and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967).

In 1976, Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998).

He has won nine Filmfare Awards and is the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Actor Award (1954). Dilip Kumar had a long relationship with actress Madhubala but never married her. He married actress Saira Bano in 1966.

He and his wife Saira Bano currently live in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India.

As of 2020, he is the last living male actor from Bollywood’s Golden Age of movies.

  • Full name: Muhammad Yusuf Khan
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 11 December 1922 (age 97 years), Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Full name: Muhammed Yusuf Khan
  • Siblings: Nasir Khan, Aslam Khan, Akhtar Asif, Noor Mohammed, MORE
  • Spouse: Asma Rehman (m. 1981–1983), Saira Banu (m. 1966)
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Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor is an Indian actor, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. He received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker.

Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 with the film Bobby and received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974.

Subsequently, he played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000.

For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017.

He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

He appeared opposite his future wife Neetu Singh in twelve films from 1973 and 1981.

  • Full name: Rishi Kapoor
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 4 September 1952 (age 67 years), Chembur, Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Neetu Singh (m. 1980)
  • Children: Ranbir Kapoor, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani
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Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. The recipient of several awards, including four Filmfare Awards.

Singh is among the highest-paid actors in the country and has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2012.

Singh gained critical acclaim for portraying Bajirao I and Alauddin Khilji in Bhansali’s period dramas Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018), respectively.

He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the former and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the latter.

These along with the action film Simmba (2018), in which he played the title character, rank among the highest-grossing Indian films.

He won another Filmfare Award for Best Actor for playing an aspiring rapper in Zoya Akhtar’s musical drama Gully Boy (2019). Singh is married to his frequent co-star Deepika Padukone.

  • Full name: Ranveer Singh Bhavnani
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 6 July 1985 (age 34 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Spouse: Deepika Padukone (m. 2018)
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Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher 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.

He has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and many plays. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Saaransh (1984).

He holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for: Ram Lakhan (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khel (1992), Darr (1993) and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).

He won the National Film Award for Special Mention twice for his performances in Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005).

For his performance in the film Vijay (1988), he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Besides working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in international films such as the Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Ang Lee’s Golden Lion–winning Lust, Caution (2007), and David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

He received a BAFTA nomination for his supporting role in the British television sitcom The Boy with the Topknot (2018).

He has held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India.

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

Anupam Kher was appointed FTII chairman in October 2017, however his appointment was cited as problematic due to his pro-BJP stance] and prolonged absences.

On 31 October 2018, he resigned as the chairman of the FTII, citing his work commitments for the American TV show New Amsterdam.

  • Full name: Anupam Kher
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 7 March 1955 (age 65 years), Shimla, India
  • Spouse: Kirron Kher (m. 1985)
  • Title: Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India
  • Children: Sikandar Kher
  • Books: Aap Khud Hi Best Hain, Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly: An Autobiography
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Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. He has portrayed a variety of characters and is known for his dancing skills.

One of the highest-paid actors in India, he has won many awards, including six Filmfares, four for Best Actor and one each for Best Debut and Best Actor.

Starting in 2012, he appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 based on his income and popularity.

  • Full name: Hrithik Roshan
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 10 January 1974 (age 46 years), Mumbai, India
  • Spouse: Sussanne Khan (m. 2000–2014)
  • Upcoming movie: Krrish 4
  • Children: Hridhaan Roshan, Hrehaan Roshan