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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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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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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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Ajay Devgn

Vishal Devgan, known professionally as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film actor, director and producer. He is widely considered as one of the most intense and influential actors of Hindi cinema, who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films.

Devgn has won numerous accolades, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2016, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour of the country.

  • Full name: Vishal Devgan, Ajay Devgn
  • Profession: Indian film actor
  • Born: 2 April 1969 (age 51 years), New Delhi, India
  • Upcoming movies: Chhalaang, Maidaan, Bhuj: The Pride of India, Golmaal 5, RRR, The Big Bull, Thank God
  • Children: Nysa Devgan, Yug Devgan
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Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is an Indian film and stage actor and director in the Hindi language film industry. He is notable in Indian parallel cinema.

He has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and an award at the Venice Film Festival.

The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards for his contributions to Indian cinema.

  • Full name: Naseeruddin Shah
  • Profession: Indian film actor
  • Born: 20 July 1950 (age 69 years), Barabanki, India
  • Spouse: Ratna Pathak (m. 1982)
  • Children: Heeba Shah, Vivaan Shah, Imaad Shah
  • Awards: Padma Shri, Filmfare Award for Best Actor, MORE
  • TV shows: Mirza Ghalib, Bharat Ek Khoj, Mid Wicket Tales, The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, Chamatkar
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Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is an Indian actress and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India.

Rai has received numerous accolades, including two Filmfare Awards, and was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2012.

She has often been cited in the media as “the most beautiful woman in the world”.

  • Full name: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  • Profession: Indian actress
  • Fame: Winner of the Miss World 1994
  • Born: 1 November 1973 (age 46 years), Mangalore, India
  • Height: 1.65 m
  • Spouse: Abhishek Bachchan (m. 2007)
  • Children: Aaradhya Bachchan
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Om Puri

Om Puri was an Indian actor who appeared in mainstream commercial Hindi films, as well as independent and art films.

He is best known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982), Ardh Satya and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997).

He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani. Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States, Britain and Pakistan.

Puri was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990. In 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

  • Full name: Om Prakash Puri
  • Profession: Indian Actor
  • Born: 18 October 1950, Ambala, India
  • Died: 6 January 2017, Andheri, India
  • TV shows: Bharat Ek Khoj, Mr. Yogi, The Jewel in the Crown
  • Spouse: Nandita Puri (m. 1993–2013), Seema Kapoor (m. 1991–1991)
  • Siblings: Ved Puri
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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actress, singer, film producer, and the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant.

One of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities, Chopra has received numerous awards, including one National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards.

In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, and Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

In 2017 and 2018, Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

  • Full name: Priyanka Chopra
  • Profession: Indian actress
  • Born: 18 July 1982, Jamshedpur, India
  • Height: 1.65 m
  • Spouse: Nick Jonas (m. 2018)
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Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is an Indian film actor, he is best known for his versatile and natural acting. According to many film critics, contemporaries and experts he is one of the finest actors in the Indian cinema also around the world.

Even though, most of his works are in Hindi cinema or Bollywood, but he also worked in British films and Hollywood.

He has featured in more than fifty films during his film career and has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories.

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to the field of arts.

  • Full name: Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan
  • Born: 7 January 1967 (age 53 years), Jaipur, India
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Spouse: Sutapa Sikdar (m. 1995)