Bollywood is the Hindi Film Industry based in Mumbai, India. It has seen some of the greatest actors filled with tremendous talent and immense dedication towards the industry.
Here are the top 10 best Bollywood actors of all time.
Dharmendra Deol, who is popularly known as the ‘He-man’ of the Bollywood Industry, has appeared in more than 250 films. His acting roles have majorly revolved around romance, romantic-comedy and action. Known as ‘Garam’ Dharam in Bollywood, Dharmendra changed his religion to Islam while he was still married to Prakash Kaur to be able to marry the ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood, Hema Malini. Dharmendra has a total of 6 children: Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Vijeta Deol and Ajeita Deol. Some of his best movies include Sholay, Phool aur Patthar, Anupama and Chupke Chupke.
9. Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan is popularly tagged as a perfectionist in Bollywood because of his dedication to the roles he plays. Aamir is said to be the actor who first started the trend of actors working in one film at a time, when the others worked in four or five at the same time. Romance, Action, Comedy and Romantic-comedies have been his areas of film work. He has not only done outstanding work in Commercial movies but has also done a few Offbeat movies. Recently he was awarded the third highest civilian honour Padama Bhushan by the government of India. Some of his best movies include Qayamat se qayamat tak, Jo jeeta vo sikandar, Andaz apna apna, Rang De Basanti, Ghajini and 3 Idiots.
8. Dev Anand
Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand, popularly known as Dev Anand, is considered to be an ‘Evergreen Living Legend’ of the Indian Cinema. Dev Anand has acted in more than 100 movies, majorly as the lead hero, directed 19 films and produced 35. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his work in the Film Industry. Some of his best movies include Baazi, Nau do gyarah, Guide and Johnny Mera Naam.
7. Shahrukh Khan
A name every Indian is aware of no matter which part of the world they are living in, Shahrukh Khan has ruled the hearts of all through his acting for decades. Popularly known as the King of Bollywood, he has received Padma Shri (India), Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Unesco Pyramide con Marni (UNESCO), L’Etoile d’Or by the King of Morroco and the Chubb fellowship (Yale), . Even with all the success and a statue among the elite in Madame Tussaud’s, he is quoted as being one of the most humble and down to earth personalities although his wit is unmatched by even the best in business. Some of his best movies include Darr, Baazigar, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Swades and My Name is Khan.
6. Rajesh Khanna
Popularly tagged as Bollywood’s original superstar, Rajesh Khanna delivered 15 consecutive hits from 1969-1971. His works have been so inspirational that BBC made a movie on him by the name ‘Bombay Superstar’. He not only recieved the Padma Bhushan Award but was officially bestowed with the title ‘The First Superstar of Indian cinema’ at Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards. Some of his best movies include Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq and Aradhana.
5. Raj Kapoor
Considered as a legend of the Indian Cinema, Raj Kapoor was an actor and director who captured the hearts of every person who has seen his movies. The blue-eyed actor created a legacy of supreme talent and passion for cinema that is almost impossible to forget or oversee. He aimed to reach out to the common man and create a greater stream of consciousness within the self-seeking society. Some of his best works include Awaara, Chori Chori, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai and Mera naam Joker.
4. Sanjeev Kumar
Harihar Jariwala, who is popularly known as Sanjeev Kumar, is one of the most talented actors Bollywood has ever seen. Due to heart problems, Kumar died at a very young age of 47 with 10 movies releasing after his death. Some of his best movies include Sholay, Trishul, Angoor and Pati, Patni aur Woh.
3. Naseeruddin Shah
Be it commercial movies or offbeat movies, Naseeruddin Shah is Hindi cinema’s most consummate artist. Shah has done a large variety of movies ranging from Bollywood, Hollywood to Pakistani movies. He is known for his versatility and immense dedication to his work. The actor has been awarded with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awards by the Indian government. Some of his best works include Mohra, Masoom, Aakrosh and Zinda Bhaag.
2. Dilip Kumar
Known as the Tragedy King, Dilip Kumar acted in over 60 films with his career spanning for more than 6 decades. His work varied in genres from Romance, Drama, Comedy to Social. He was also described as the “Ultimate Method Actor” by the famous Indian director Satyajit Ray. He has won the Padma Bhushan Award and the Dadsaheb Phalke Award. So far, he has won the highest number of Filmfare awards. Some of his best works include Daag, Devdas, Mughal-E-Azam and Azaad.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
A recipient of the Padma Shri Award and Padma Bhushan Award, the living legend Amitabh Bachchan has been called a “one man industry” by the famous French director François Truffaut. Tagged as the `angry young man’, `Big B’, `Shehenshah of Bollywood’, he has appeared in over 180 films in over 4 decades. He is widely considered as The ‘Star of the millennium’ for his outstanding work in the Film and Television industry. Words aren’t enough to describe the magic he creates on-screen. Some of his best works include Zanjeer, Deewar, Agneepath, Black and Paa.