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Film Actors (Encyclopedia of Bollywood)

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Item Code: NAD455
Publisher: Diamond Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.
Author: Renu Saran
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788128828997
Pages: 260 (Throughout B/W & 21 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 400 gm
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Book Description
About the Book

This book is a must-have for any Bollywood fan today. It comprises the brief biographies of all famous actors of Hindi cinema who became legends in their own right and helped it chug along.

You can find very old and new names in this book. Amitabh Bachachan, of course, is there; so are Dilip Kumar, Muktri, Jeetendra, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan and other actors of that era. From the new era, you can see the names and details of John Abhaham, Arbaz Khan, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachachan, Aamir Khan and many others who are helping Bollywood surge ahead on the global entertainment canvas.

The total number of actors covered in the books is 172. The author, Renu Saran, has worked very hard to collect vital data about actors. She deserves all encomiums for doing a fine job.

There is Bollywood in very Indian heart. This book would take you to the deepest realm of Bollywood. It would enthrall you to the core. All actors would stand before you and beckon you. Finally, after reading its last page, you would salute the tinsel world—the world of cinema!


Mumbai Film Industry or ‘Bollywood’ as it is informally called is one of the busiest film industries of the world. Actors are one of the most important aspects of film making and it is the choice of the actor that sets the tone for the movie and determines its eventual success or failure.

When we look at the Bollywood film industry there are certain names which we would not like to forget. Bollywood has produced some of the finest actors that international cinema has ever witnessed. There have been many actors in the Hindi cinema right from the Black and White era to the present who have captured the hearts of millions of movie lovers with their endearing acting styles.

In olden days, Kundal Lal Saigal and Ashok Kumar enthralled the audience with their acting. Then came the era when trilogy of Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor reigned over silver screen. One was ‘tragedy king’ of his times and the other was ‘great showman’ while the third one was ‘romantic dashing lover boy’. Their time in Indian cinema is called ‘Golden Period of Hindi Cinema’.

Other actors also performed up to their capacity.

Times changed, so did the mood of the cinema. Rajesh Khanna came to the scene with his mannerism and became the first ‘superstar’ of Bollywood. Side by side Amitabh Bachchan also excelled in movies as ‘angry young man’. Till then Dharmendra established himself as ‘He-man’ of Hindi cinema. Jitendra was also there as the ‘jumping jack’ and Raj Kumar with his impressive dialogue delivery ruled over the audience’s heart.

In late 80s, the mood again changed and it was Khan trilogy—Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan— dominated the scruff and are still showing their skills with number of new generation of actors.

Pran, Prem Chopra, Guishan Grover and Amrish Pun set new trends as villains while Johnny Walker, Mehmood, Mukri, Asrani, Johny Lever and Paresh Rawal took comedy to new heights.

Also there are many faces who performed as character artists. Combined with the stars they give Bollywood the status of an industry.

In this book I have tried my best to provide readers the latest, up-to-date and authentic information about most of the known and lesser known faces of Bollywood. Also in the book are many of the actors of bygone era the present generation is not familiar with.

This is not just a book but a research work. The sources of information are different—newspapers, magazines, film posters, friends and relatives, persons close to film industry and certainly the Internet.

If learned readers find any type of factual mistakes they are welcome to bring the same to mine or the publishers’ notice. The mistakes will get corrected in upcoming editions of the book.

Lastly, if readers have any information about any of the actors who are not covered in this book are invited to send the relevant information direct to the publishers. We will try to accommodate them at appropriate time.

So, let’s enter into the amazing world of Bollywood actors.


1 Aamir Khan . 11
2Abhay Deol . 14
3Abhi Bhattacharya 15
4Abhishek Bachchan 15
5Aditya Pancholi 17
6Aftab Shivdasani 18
7Agha 19
8Ajay Devgan 19
9Ajit 21
10Ajit Vachhani 22
11Akshay Kumar 23
12Akshaye Khanna 25
13Alok Nath 26
14Arnol Palekar 27
15Amitabh Bachchan 28
16Amrish Puri 34
17Amjad Khan 36
18Anhl Kapoor 37
19Annu Kapoor 39
20Anupam Kher 40
21Arbaaz Khan 42
22Arjun Rampal 43
23Arshad Warsi 44
24Arun Govil 46
25Ashmit Patel 46
26Ashish Vidyarthi 47
27Ashok Kumar 48
28Asit Sen 51
29Asrani 51
30Atul Agnihotri 52
31Ashutosh Rana 53
32A.K. Hangal 54
33Balraj Sahni 55
34Benjamin Gilani 57
35Bhagwan Dada 58
36Bharat Bhushan 59
37Billimoria Bros. 60
38Biswajeet 61
39Bob Christo 62
40Bobby Deol 63
41Boman Tram 64
42Chandra Mohan 65
43Chandrashekhar 66
44Dalip Tahil 66
45Danny Dengzongpa 68
46Dara Singh 69
47David 70
48Dev Anand 71
49Dev Patel 74
50Dharmendra 75
51Dilip Kumar 78
52Dinesh Thakur 81
53EmTaan Hashmi 81
54Fardeen Khan 83
55Farhan Akhtar 84
56Farookh Shaikh 85
57Feroz Khan 86
58Govinda 88
59Guishan Grover 90
60Guru Dutt 92
61Hiitik Roshan 93
62Iftikhar 95
63Imran Khan 96
64Imtiaz Khan 98
65Irfan Khan 98
66I.S. Johar 99
67Jackie Shroff 101
68Jagdeep 102
69Jairaj 103
70Jalal Agha 104
71Jankidas 104
72Javed Jaffrey 105
73Jayant 106
74Jeetendra 107
75Jeevan 108
76Jimmy Shergill 109
77Joginder 110
78John Abraham 110
79Johnny Lever 112
80Johnny Walker 113
81Joy Mukherjee 114
82Jugal Hansraj 115
83Kabir Bedi 116
84Kader Khan 118
85Kamal Kapoor 119
86Kanhaiya Lal 120
87Karan Diwan 121
88Kay Kay Menon 121
89Keshto Mukherjee 122
90Khaleel 124
91Kishore Sahu 124
92Kulbhushan Kharbanda 125
93Kumar Gaurav 126
94K.L. Saigal 127
95K.N. Singh 129
96Madan Pun 130
97Mahesh Manjrekar 131
98Mahipal 132
99Manoj Bajpai 133
100Manoj Kumar 134
101Master Nisar 136
102Master Vinayak 137
103Master Vitthal 137
104Mehmood 138
105Milind Gunaji 139
106Mithun Chakraborty 140
107Mohriish Behi 142
108Motilal 143
109Mukesh Rishi 144
110Mukri 145
111Murad 146
112Nana Palsikar 146
113Nana Patekar 148
114Naseeruddin Shah 149
115Neil Nitin Mukesh 151
116Nirmal Pandey 152
117Noor Mohammad Charlie 154
118Om Prakash 155
119Om Pun 157
120Om Shivpuri 159
121Pankaj Kapoor 160
122Pahani Sanyal 161
123Paresh Rawal 162
124Panikshit Sahni 164
125Paintal 165
126Pradeep Kumar 166
127Pran 167
128Prem Adeeb 169
129Premnath 169
130Prem Chopra 171
131Prithviraj Kapoor 172
132Puneet Issar 175
133Raaj Kumar 176
134Raghubir Yadav 178
135Rahul Dev 179
136Rahul Roy 180
137Raj Kapoor 181
138Raj l3abbar 184
139Rajendra Kumar 185
140Rajendra Nath 187
141Rajiv Kapoor 188
142Rajesh Khanna 189
143Rajpal Yadav 192
144Rakesh Bedi 193
145Rakesh Roshan 194
146Ranbir Kapoor 195
147Randhir Kapoor 196
148Ranjan 197
149Ranjeet 198
150Raza Murad 199
151Rishi Kapoor 200
152Ritesh Deshmukh 202
153Sachin 203
154Sadashiv Amrapurkar 205
155Saeed Jaffery 206
156Saif Ali Khan 207
157Sajjan 209
158Salman Khan 210
159Sanjay Dutt 212
160Sanjay Khan 215
161Sanjeev Kumar 216
162Satish Kaushik 217
163Satish Shah 219
164Satyen Kappu 219
165Shahid Kapoor 220
166Shahu Modak 222
167Shammi Kapoor 222
168Sharman joshi 225
169Shahrukh Khan 226
170Sharat Saxena 230
171Shashi Kapoor 231
172Shatrughan Sinha 233
173Sheikh Mukhtar V 234
174Shekhar Suman 235
175Shiney Ahuja 236
176Shreeram Lagoo 237
177Sohrab Modi 238
178Sujit Kumar 242
179Sunil Dutt 243
180Sunil Shetty 245
181Sunny Deol 246
182Suresh Oberoi 248
183Tom Alter 248
184Tusshar Kapoor 250
185Trilok Kapoor 251
186Utpal Dutt 251
187Victor Banneeje 253
188Vijay Arora 254
189Vijayendra Ghatge 255
190Vinod Khanna 255
191Vinod Mehra 257
192Vivek Oberoi 259
193Yakub 260
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