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Top 10 Bollywood Actors

Updated on October 30, 2014

1. Salman Khan

Salman Khan is an Indian film actor who has starred in over eighty Hindi films. Salman Khan, who made his film debut with a small role in the drama Biwi Ho To Aisi in the year 1988, got commercial success with the blockbuster movie Maine Pyar Kiya in 1989, for which he also won a Filmfare Award for the Best Male Debut. He did some more commercially successful films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! 1994, Karan Arjun 1995, Judwaa 1997, Saajan in 1991, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya 1998, Biwi No.1 in 1999 and Hum Saath Saath Hain in 1999, performing in the highest grossing film nine separate years during his career. Eight of his movies have fetched him gross profits of more than 100 crore (US$18.2 million) worldwide. Khan won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his guest appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998, and from then onwards, he has performed in many commercial successes, including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999, Tere Naam in 2003, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi in 2004, No Entry in 2005, Partner in 2007, Saajan in 1991, Wanted in 2009, Dabangg in 2010, Ready in 2011, Bodyguard in 2011, Ek Tha Tiger in 2012 and in Dabangg 2 in 2012. Ek Tha Tiger became the second highest-grossing Bollywood movies of all-time and thus made a name for himself as a leading commercial actor of Indian cinema. He is now considered as one of the greatest and most influential actors in Indian cinema after giving six successive blockbusters which include Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ready, Ek Tha Tiger and the recent movie, Dabangg 2.

2. Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan is an Indian film actor who is often referred as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "The King of Bollywood" "King Khan", and the "King of Romance". Khan has acted in around 75 Hindi films. His Hindi film debut began in 1992 with Deewana. Earlier in his career he was known for doing negative roles in films like Darr in 1993, Baazigar in 1993 and Anjaam in 1994. Later, he gained much fame by playing a series of romantic roles in the films Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995, Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997 and in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998. His contributions to the Indian film industry have earned him numerous awards including fourteen Filmfare Awards from thirty different nominations. His eight Filmfare Best Actor Award wins made him the most awarded Bollywood actor of today. Shahrukh earned wide critical acclaim for playing the role of a NASA scientist in Swades in 2004, a hockey coach in Chak De! India in 2007 and a titular role in ‘My Name Is Khan’ in 2010. Twelve of his films have accumulated him gross earnings of more than 100 crore worldwide, thus making him one of the most unbeaten leading actor of Hindi cinema.

3. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is an Indian film actor who has appeared in more than a hundred Hindi films. He was nominated for Filmfare Awards many times and won it twice. In his earlier days, he mainly starred in action films and was famous for his performances in feature films known as the "Khiladi series", of movies which included Khiladi in 1992, Main Khiladi Tu Anari in 1994, Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi in 1997, Sabse Bada Khiladi in 1995, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi in 1996,International Khiladi in 1999, Khiladi 420 in 2000 and Khiladi 786 in 2012, besides other action films like Waqt Hamara Hai in 1993, Mohra in 1994, Elaan in 1994, Sapoot in 1996, Suhaag in 1994, Angaaray in 1998, Keemat – They Are Back in 1998 and in Sangharsh in 1999. He also became popular for his drama, romance and comedy roles. He became famous for his roles in romance films such as Yeh Dillagi in 1994, Dhadkan in 2000 and Namastey London in 2007, besides other drama films like Waqt: The Race Against Time in 2005 and in Patiala House in 2011. His comedy films like Hera Pheri in 2000, Garam Masala in 2005, Bhool Bhulaiyaa in 2007, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi in 2004, and Singh Is Kinng in 2008 met with critical praise. He thus earned fame as one of the best leading actors in Hindi cinema.

4. Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian actor who has done many versatile roles in Bollywood films. His acting debut began in 2007 film Saawariya and he won the Filmfare Award for the Best Male Debut in it. He also earned critical acclaim for his various character roles in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Wake Up Sid, and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year in 2009. These character performances made him win the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and he was later on famed for his role as a politician in the political thriller Raajneeti (2010). Kapoor received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2011 for his performance in the Imtiaz Ali-directed drama Rockstar, and was highly praised for his role of a deaf-mute man in Barfi! (2012) which became his biggest commercial success. Kapoor has thus earned himself as one of the leading modern actors of Hindi cinema.

5. Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian film actor who performed as a child actor in many movies right through the eighties. Roshan began his debut in a lead role in 2000 in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai. His role in the film earned him Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and also for the Best Male Debut. After this, he did some lead roles in Fiza in 2000 and Mission Kashmir in the same year and a supporting role in the blockbuster movie of the year in 2001 with Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which was India's highest-grossing film in the overseas market that year. Roshan also performed in Koi... Mil Gaya in 2003 and also Krrish in 2006, and both movies earned him several Best Actor awards. Roshan got his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his role in the action flick Dhoom 2, and his fourth award for Jodhaa Akbar. These awards have earned him as one of the foremost contemporary actors of Hindi cinema. Roshan later got more acclaim for his roles in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2011, Guzaarish in 2010, and Agneepath in 2012, which became his biggest commercial success so far.

6. Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is an Indian film actor, producer and also a director who has earned himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood cinema. He is applauded everywhere for his skills as a director. He began his acting career as a child actor in Nasir Hussain's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat in 1973. He also began his professional career after eleven years with Holi in 1984 and his first breakthrough commercial success came with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988. He also got his first National Film Award as a Special Jury Award for his roles in the films Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988 and Raakh in 1989. After eight earlier nominations in the eighties and nineties, Khan received his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor for performing in the major grosser Raja Hindustani in 1996 and later got his second Best Actor award for the Academy Award-nominated movie - Lagaan.

He also played the title role in the historical drama Mangal Pandey: The Rising in 2005, and got the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in Rang De Basanti in 2006. The next year, he began his film directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, for which he got the Filmfare Award for Best Director. Then he did the thriller Ghajini in 2008, which became the highest earning film in 2008, and the comedy 3 Idiots next year, which also became the highest-grossing Bollywood movie.

7. Ajay Devgan

Ajay Devgan is an Indian film actor, producer and director. He began his film debut with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and also got a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his role. He then performed in films like Jigar in 1992, Naajayaz in 1995, Dilwale in 1994, Suhaag in 1994, Diljale in 1996 and also in Ishq in 1997. Ajay received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the drama by Mahesh Bhatt’s Zakhm. He also starred in Lajja in 2001 and in Company in 2002. He won his second National Film Award for Best Actor in 2003 for his role as Bhagat Singh in Rajkumar Santoshi's biopic - The Legend of Bhagat Singh. All through his career he has done several critically and commercially successful movies which include the Raincoat in 2004, Yuva in 2004, Golmaal Returns in 2008, All the Best: Fun Begins in 2009, Omkara in 2006, Golmaal: Fun Unlimited in 2006, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai in 2010, Golmaal 3 in 2010, Raajneeti in 2010, Singham in 2011, Bol Bachchan in 2012 and also in Son of Sardaar in 2012. Thus, after doing all these films successfully, he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi Cinema.

8. Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor is an Indian actor who has performed in several Bollywood films. He began his career by doing some music videos and advertisements. Kapoor began his film debut as a background dancer in Subhash Ghai's Taal in 1999. He also began his acting debut in Ishq Vishk in 2003 and he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for this role. After this, came films like Fida in 2004 and Shikhar in 2005, and he had his first major commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's - Vivah in 2006, and then it was followed with Jab We Met in 2007 and Kaminey in 2009. Both movies earned him Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards Ceremony.

9. Emraan Hashmi

Emraan Hashmi is an Indian actor who has performed in many Hindi films. His successful Hindi films include Murder in 2004, Gangster in 2006, Raaz – The Mystery Continues in 2009, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai in 2010, Awarapan in 2007, Jannat in 2008, Murder 2 in 2011, The Dirty Picture in 2011, Jannat 2 in 2012 and also Raaz 3 in 2012. He has been able to thus establish himself as one of the most successful actors, and popular film actors in India. He started his film debut in Footpath in 2003 and his first major role was in Murder, which earned him the Screen Award for Best Villain. Emraan Hashmi has also got two nominations in The Filmfare Awards, one in the Best Villain category and the other in the Best Supporting Actor category. In IIFAA, he has got two nominations in the Best Performance in a Negative Role category and two nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category too.

10. Imran Khan

Imran Khan is an Indian film actor who has starred in many Bollywood films. He acted as a child artist in Aamir Khan's films - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988 and in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander in 1992. Imran Khan made his film debut with the popular romantic comedy Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na in 2008. This movie surfaced as a major critical and commercially successful movie. His role in the film earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He also acted in many successful films such as - I Hate Luv Story’s in 2010, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan in 2011 Delhi Belly in 2011, and also Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu in 2012.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Great list, dilip and could not dis agree with you on it :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Aamir Khan fan here.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      This hub is beautifully done. Good Job. Voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Dilip interesting learning about these wonderful Bollywood's top actors. Voted up, interesting and shared on facebook.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Thanks you Ruchira

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Hello Mhatter99, i too like Aamir Khan. Thank you for commenting :)

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Hello Vacation Trip, Thank you for the kind comment :)

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Thank you rajan for commenting and sharing as well...

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Imran Khan is absolutely adorable! I must admit to having quite a crush on him.

      Excellent choice of actors.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Thank you shiningirisheyes for reading and commenting.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Thank you sid, for going through my hub and commenting. Thank you for sharing as well.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Nice list.though i never heard of these stars before..well i think im not that movie fanatic, i guess.

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      daljit singh 3 years ago from mumbai

      great list!!

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      Dilip Chandra 3 years ago from India

      Thank you daljitsingh881

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      Abhinav Narang 3 years ago from Amritsar, Punjab, India

      I disagree with the first two positions, because according to the current scenario, Shahrukh Khan is undoubtedly, the Badshah ( King) of Bollywood. His acting class is unmatched, and with a net worth of $600 million, he also stands apart as the richest actor in the world.

      Salman Khan on the other hand is not at all a good actor, but his fans are his blind followers, which has given him an 'undeserved' success. The only film in which he showed his 'rare' fantastic and superb acting skills, was the tragedy film 'Tere Naam', which I still hesitate to watch again, for Salman, only in this film, never fails to bring tears in the viewers eyes

      Anyway, this is a great and well-written hub.

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      venkatesh 3 years ago

      its one and only the undisputed shahenshan of indian cinema SHRI AMITABH BACHCHAN,number 1 to 10,jahan hum kade hothe hai line wahan se shuru hoti hai.

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      Ali Naqi 2 years ago

      Ajay Devgan is the best and most finest actor of bollywood

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      sameer khan 2 years ago

      salman klhan is hansan and beatuiful acter

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      Asif ansari 2 years ago

      Salman khan is the best actor of hole bollywood

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      Diana 2 years ago

      Aamir khan is the best actor of bollywood. He is clever.

      My favorite actor only Mr. Perfectionist AAMIR HUSSAIN KHAN.

      He is Ace Khan of bollywood

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      Rafi 2 years ago

      Srk is the best

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      Malak Maloka 2 years ago

      I love you shahrukh khan you is the best

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      zeko 2 years ago

      king khan srk

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      princess fatima@iamsrk 2 years ago

      Shah rukh khan is the best ,......come on SRKians lets vote for shahrukh & bring him to be in the first

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      Syed MD. ARSHAD 2 years ago

      Salman khan is an honest man...sallu is the best actor of bolly wood.

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      vishal 2 years ago

      Ranbir is the real rock star of Bollywood

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      @ Bollywood... 24 months ago from Ahmedabad

      Such a nice collection. But, you could have taken Aamir and Hrithik before Ranbir. They are more accomplished as of now than Ranbir. But, anyway, opinions may differ yet it's a cool hub. Thnx.

      Also, I have written my first hub on Bollywood magazines. Please, do have a look. Waiting for your feedbacks.

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      abhiman raj 22 months ago

      Only salman is best actor

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      sunidhi 21 months ago

      only aamir is best actor

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      saill 21 months ago

      Srk I like

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      Taposh 21 months ago

      Bollywood. ka Bap King khan

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