Right from the beginning of the Indian cinema, Bollywood has been setting benchmarks like no one else. You may find Hollywood's projects much more finesse than that of Bollywood's projects. But the inevitable truth is that Bollywood has provided some of the most classic stories of all time. Some of the most exceptional Bollywood original projects are DDLJ, Jab We Met, Rockstar, Mera Naam Joker, Mother India and many more.
Melodious music, original dialogues and heart-wrenching emotions of Bollywood movies have won billions of hearts worldwide. Also, Bollywood has the record of producing maximum number of movies in a year. Undoubtedly, Bollywood has been a trend-setter in shaping the world cinema. But what made Indian cinema/Bollywood as grand as it is in the present world?
Nothing, but the army of workers including spot boys, make-up artists, fashion designers, actors/actresses, comedians, scriptwriters, directors and many more workers of the entertainment industry. Ad actors/actresses are the stunning face of Bollywood. Actors are those hard-working well-paid workers who get all the fame they deserve. Where many would be thinking that being an actor is an easy job, there are people from the entertainment industry who disagree with the fact.
Well, it is highly debatable whether actors are overrated or underrated but one thing is for sure that a lot of hard-work goes into the making of a movie. From developing a chiselled physique to acting weird on the 70 mm screen; there is nothing which an actor does not have to do for getting stardom and money. Therefore, in order to pay tribute to such great acting personalities of Bollywood, we have comprised the list of top 20 Bollywood actors of all time.
Here is the list of top 22 Bollywood personalities who are as iconic as Bollywood itself:
Known as the Showman of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor is the son of legendary actor Prithviraj Kapoor who played the role of Emperor Akbar in 1960’s hit film Mughal-E-Azam. Little did anyone at the time of Mughal-E-Azam’s release that Prithviraj’s family will become one of the most prominent families of the Bollywood, ‘Kapoor Clan’. Raj Kapoor has acted, directed and produced more than a 100 movies. Also, Raj Kapoor is the founder of a production house, the great RK Films.
Who doesn’t know the Angry Youngman of Bollywood, legendary Amitabh Bachchan. Honestly speaking, there are infinite Bollywood fans who would not like the fact that we have not listed BigB’s name on the top of the list. However, the actors in this list are not according to any preference and that is why this legendary actors’ name is not on the top. Starring in over 100 Bollywood movies, Amitabh Bachchan is the biggest star of Bollywood who has set more than tons of trends in the history of Indian cinema.
Yet another member of the ‘Kapoor Clan’, Rishi Kapoor defined a class of his own. Despite being associated with the most prominent family of Bollywood, Chintu aka Rishi did not let his family’s fame overshadow his career. In fact, Chintu became the face of the young Indian cinema. Rishi Kapoor has acted in more than 80 Bollywood movies and still has not retired for the same.
If you are a fan of the 70’s to 90’s Bollywood then there is no chance that you do not know the He-man of Bollywood, Dharmendra. Famous for his role in Sholay, Dharmendra introduced a trend of rugged and physically strong heroes in Indian cinema. Besides Sholay, Dharmendra has also done more than hundred of movies. Female fans were crazy for this humble hunk that was once seen wearing a skirt in hit Bollywood movie ‘Dharamveer’.
Actor-producer turned politician Vinod Khanna was one of the best-looking actors of all times. After working in more than 50 films, late actor Vinod Khanna began producing movies. Some of the major hits of the 70's and 80's Bollywood were Vinod Khanna starrer. It won't be wrong to say that late actor Vinod Khanna was among the major trend-setters of Indian cinema.
Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood, Aamir Khan is known for practicing method-acting. Veteran actor Aamir Khan began his Bollywood career with 1970’s hit movie Yaadon Ki Baaraat. Soon Aamir Khan became an instant hit with comedy-drama movie Andaaz Apna Apna along with Salman Khan. Aamir has done more than 50 movies till now and will be next seen in Thugs of Hindostan.
Bollywood’s Bhaijaan Salman Khan is the most iconic stars of Bollywood. From Tan Tana Tan to Teri Meri; Salman has always defined new standards in every movie. If he will don a middle-parting in Tere Naam then the whole nation will do the same. Bhaijaan has done over 50 movies and plans on doing 100 more. Referred as the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood, Salman Khan is also the highest paid celebrity of present.
The powerhouse of talent, Irrfan Khan completely changed the way of portraying the male-lead in Indian cinema. Until Irrfan, Bollywood heroes were expected to be tall, good-looking and fair. This actor made one thing pretty clear that talent speaks for itself. Alas, Irrfan Khan is a globally renowned actor after working in international projects like Spiderman, Life of Pie and Jurrasic World.
Shah Rukh Khan
The King of Bollywood, SRK is the most selling brand-name in Indian cinema. From DDLJ to Jab Harry Met Sejal; Shah Rukh Khan has maintained his charm and good-looks which never fails at winning a heart. After working in more than 50 movies, Shah Rukh founded Red Chillies Entertainment for producing Bollywood movies. SRK completely shaped the face of romance and how it is seen in Bollywood movies.
Khiladi Akshay Kumar is one of the most commercially successful actors in Bollywood. Actor Akshay Kumar got the title of ‘Khiladi’ after doing a complete series of ‘Khiladi movies’ which had a total of 7 movies. Bollywood star Akshay is known for his death-defying stunts and blockbuster comedy. Khiladi has done more than 70 Bollywood movies and has no plan of retiring soon.
Until Govinda, Bollywood heroes hardly paid any attention to dancing. But soon came Govinda and along with him came the trend of quirky dance numbers and flashy clothes. Govinda is a complete trend-setter in the Indian cinema. After acting in more than a 100 movies Govinda has yet not officially announced his retirement.
Bollywood’s bad boy, Sanjay Dutt is a known entity to all. There is hardly anyone left who is still not aware of Sanjay Dutt’s troubled personal and professional life. Although Sanjay did not enjoy a stable actin career but he has been one of the major Bollywood influencers. From introducing the trend of muscular built to donning silky mane-like hair; Sanjay Dutt has left no stones unturned in leaving a mark in the industry.
Saif Ali Khan
Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan was born with a silver spoon, in the family of Nawabs. The son of renowned Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, Saif has always been in a class of its own. Chhote Nawab aka Saif is known for his charming looks and bold acting style. From Dil Tera Diwana to Kaalaakandi; Saif Ali Khan has evolved into a fine actor.
Son of renowned theatre artist Pankaj Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor has set new trends in Bollywood. Known as one of the most attractive Indian celebrities, Kapoor maintains his popularity despite a fluctuating career trajectory. Initially recognised for portraying romantic roles, Kapoor has since taken on parts in action films and thrillers. He is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.
Jai Kishen Kakubhai aka Jackie is one of the most iconic stars of the Indian cinema. He has been in Bollywood for almost four decades and as of 2017 has appeared in more than 220 films in eleven languages. From Hero to Sarkar 3; Jackie has had an interesting Bollywood journey which is nearly to its end.
Nana made his acting debut in the early 70's and since then has been nominated for multiple awards. He won a National Film Award and a Filmfare award for his supporting role in Parinda (1989). He then won the Best Villain award for his role on Angaar (1992). He is a very controversial actor who is known for his different acting style, dialogues and dialogue delivery.
Who is unaware of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte? Well, we bet nobody. Paresh Rawal aka Baburao is one of the finest actors of Bollywood. Although we hardly got any chance to witness Paresh’s talent in the lead role but we are pretty sure of his mettle. Paresh Rawal has acted in more than 200 movies and his most recent projects included super-hit movie Sanju which is based on the real-life of actor Sanjay Dutt.
Do you remember Dr. Asthana from Sanjay Dutt starrer super-hit movie Munnabhai MBBS? Well, Boman Irani does not need any better introduction than the above mentioned statement. A renowned theatre artist Boman made his acting debut with Rajkummar Hirani’s Munnabhai MBBS at the age of 50 years and yet he managed to attract the critics towards his role.
Known as the powerhouse of Bollywood, superstar Ranveer Singh is on an all-new high in the industry. In the mere period of 5 years, Ranveer has managed to become the face of 21st century Bollywood. Soon after doing more than 10 movies in Bollywood, Ranveer Singh has become the most iconic star of all times. From Band Baaja Baarat to Padmavat; Ranveer Singh has evolved into a bolder star.
The fresh face of the Kapoor clan, Rockstar Ranbir Kapoor is not very far behind than Ranveer Singh. Soon after stunning the whole nation with his impressive acting in Sanjay Dutt biopic, Ranbir Kapoor has become a true-rockstar. Son of veteran star Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir has done about 15 movies and most of which were cherished by the audience.
Have you seen Sacred Games? If not then you must watch the Netflix original series for witnessing the finesse of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Breaking all the norms, a security guard became a superstar. Nawazuddin has the potential of melting rocks with his emotions and bold screen presence. If anyone, actor Nawaz has proved that acting has nothing to do with looks.
Another eccentric star in the making, Pankaj Tripathi is known for his role in Farhan Akhtar’s produced movie, ‘Fukrey’. But people are very less aware of the fact that Pankaj is on the same track on which Nawazuddin once set his foot. Sheer dedication and passion for acting are those two things which made us include eccentric star Pankaj’s name on the list.
After spending the better part of my life in the nation, I concluded only on one thing which is that Bollywood is the biggest influence on the Indian society. Hence, the trend-setters of the Indian cinema are also somewhat shaping the nation for which we cannot thank them enough. Stay tuned for more filmy updates.