The leading people in Hollywood may have their fans, but in Hindi movies, these guys are mostly gods!
Introducing the 10 best Indian film actors who have defined and shape the modern development of Indian society.
Key films: “The Tramp / Awaara” (1951), “Sangam / Sangam” (1964), “The Third Oath / Teesri Kasam” (1966)
Filmed in films: 1935-1982
Ranbir Raj Kapoor (1924-1988) is a legendary Indian actor and director of the 20th century. The role that Kapoor played in cinema will better help to reveal the national titles of the artist. Film critics and fans alike called the Raj the “Indian Charlie Chaplin” and “the king of Indian cinema.”
Nicknamed “The Showman,” Kapoor then founded his own company, RK Films, and produced and directed several iconic luxury films starring him and his muse Nargiz. His films have become extremely popular outside India, especially in the former USSR.
The departure of the Raj was perceived at home as a national tragedy. On this day, the country declared mourning. With the death of Kapoor, an entire era of Indian cinema has come to an end.
Key films: Devdas (1955), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Gunga Jumna (1961)
Filmed in films: 1944-1998
Real name – Muhammad Yusuf Khan. In Bollywood he is known as the “King of Tragedy”. Dilip Kumar (born 1922) brings a refreshing naturalistic style to Bollywood acting. He specialized in romantic roles, often portraying the Indian man as a weak, sad and selfish loser.
Dilip Kumar is the first actor to receive Bollywood’s top Filmfare Award for Best Actor. And he received this award eight more times. No one in Indian cinema except him and Shah Rukh Khan could break this record.
He was hailed by film critics as the greatest actor in Bollywood history.
Key films: “The Saint / Guide” (1965), “Jewel Thief” (1967), “Brother and Sister / Hare Rama Hare Krishna” (1971)
Filmed in films: 1946-2011
Dev Anand (1923-2011) created the image of the perfect and suave romantic hero on the screen. He created his own banner, Navketan Films, and has produced, directed and starred in many blockbusters.
He had a keen eye for discovering new talent, especially young actresses. Several famous actresses such as Zeenat Aman, Tina Munim, Shabana Azmi and Padmini Kolhapure received a hiatus from their films due to the Anand scandal.
Dev Anand, who is best known for his romantic roles and statements (he was very sharp on the tongue and had many conflicts with whom), has had an impressive influence on the fashion of the new generation. The iconic plaid cap, which he wore in the movie “The Thief of Values” (1967), the actor bought in a shop in Copenhagen (Denmark) during the filming of the movie “Love at First Sight” (1966) with Saira Banu
Key films: Wild / Jungle (1961), Third Floor (1966), The Bachelor (1968)
Filmed in films: 1953-2011
When Shammi Kapoor (1931-2011) burst onto the screen with Jungle, hands up, jumping and shouting “Yahoo!”, Indian audiences were shocked – and loved it.
He entered the cinema thanks to the eccentric imitations of Errol Flynn, which enjoyed moderate success.
In almost every hit, often a musical, Kapoor’s male sexuality was reminiscent of Elvis Presley. He was less successful as a director at the end of his career. Kapoor will always be remembered as the first and possibly the ultimate dancing Bollywood hero.
Our viewer Shammi Kapoor is known only in the role of elderly bearded characters. He led the first attempts in Hindi-language cinema to introduce songs into films reminiscent of Western “rock”, often colored by the atmosphere of discos and addressed to a teenage audience gravitating towards the West. These were prototypes of consumer cinema of the 60s, which, according to Manmohan Desai, consisted entirely of “attractions”, that is, loosely connected, dramatically self-contained episodes.
Key films: Devotion / Aradhana (1969), Travel / Safar (1970), Amar Prem (1972).
Filmed in films: 1966-2012
Rajesh Khanna (1942-2012) became a famous actor and a new type of romantic and noble movie hero.
Between 1969 and 1971, Rajesh starred in at least 15 blockbusters. His neat, “bright” looks and “trademark” head tilt made young spectators faint with happiness. He was sent declarations of love, written in blood, his car was constantly in lipstick – traces of kissing fans.
His talent as a romantic and dramatic actor allowed him to appear in various roles in dozens of films and achieve recognition from all categories of viewers.
Filmed in films: 1969 to the present
Amitabh Bachchan (born 1942) took advantage of the connections of his parents and received a letter of recommendation from Indira Gandhi herself. This allowed him to make his film debut immediately starring in the 1969 film “Seven Indians”. Despite the fact that the tape did not bring large box office receipts, Bachchan received his first national award in the category “Best New Actor” for it.
Amitabh Bachchan is called an enduring Bollywood star. Also known as a TV presenter, producer and politician.
Bachchan has proven his versatility right from the start, also taking on romantic and comic roles with equal success. “Big B” was constantly renewing himself, being also a politician and TV presenter, and today he continues to act on the screens of the senior statesman.
Key films: “Who am I to you? / Hum Aapke Hain Koun …!” (1994), Tere Naam (2003), Dabangg (2010), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015).
Filmed in films: from 1988 to the present
Along with Aamir Khan and Shahruk Khan, Salman Khan (born 1965) has dominated Bollywood for at least two decades. Viewers loved his romantic image in early films, especially his neat looks and toned body. Over the years, Salman’s talent has been honed, the actor plays various roles, characteristic and imbued with a sense of humor.
His loyal fans, mostly young people, worship him and millions come to see his films, regardless of their quality or the dubious acting skills of the hero.
Salman Khan has been producing megablockbusters for the past few years. For his fans, “Sallu-bhai” (Sallu’s brother) can do nothing wrong.
Key films: Raja Hindustani (1996), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), 3 Idiots (2009), Dangal (2016).
Filmed in films: 1984 to present
Aamir Khan (born 1965) is currently considered the smartest and most versatile actor in Bollywood. After debuting as a romantic hero in the late 1980s, he starred in several failed films, which forced him to rethink his work. Aamir decided to look for good scripts and shoot only one film a year, which goes against the Bollywood norm in which actors can act in several projects at once.
The strategy worked, and Aamir Khan has directed acclaimed and successful films in recent years, including the Oscar-nominated Lagaan (which he produced) and the controversial PK (2014), which has been criticized by religious fanatics.
Key films: Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge / The Untrained Bride (1995), Swades: We, the People (2004), Raees (2017).
Filmed in films: from 1988 to the present
Has the largest number of film awards among his compatriots. The actor was awarded the state award of India “Padma Shri” for a significant contribution to art, is included in the list of the world’s largest stars of the authoritative publication “Times”, co-owner of a production house, one of the highest paid actors.
Having started his career as a television actor, Shah Rukh Khan (born 1965) began playing antiheroes before moving on to romantic roles. The role of the romantic hero made SRK the star of an entire generation.
He is also the brand ambassador for many luxury goods in India. With its latest successful film, When Harry Met Sejal (2017), to a solid box office, Bollywood’s King Khan looks firmly entrenched in its throne.
Key films: Rockstar (2011), Barfi! (2012), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Sanju (2018).
Filmed in films: from 2007 to the present
The grandson of the legendary Raj Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor famously dropped the towel to reveal his bare buttocks in his debut film Saawariya (2007), but the film flopped at the box office. Ranbir Kapoor soon bounced back, playing varied and challenging roles in films that proved his brilliant acting talent.
He symbolizes a new type of bold and daring Bollywood actor – one who is willing to take risks with complex plots, while still standing on his feet in mainstream Hindi cinema.