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List of Bollywod's All-Time top ten Greatest, Most Successful & Most Influential Actors in the past 100 years History of Hindi Cinema

1) Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar is regarded as the most talented actor in the history of Indian Film Industry cinema. He was very popular amoung masses and was also critically acclaimed at the same time. He has won the most number of "fimfare best actor awards". His superhit films include " Jugnu(1947), Andaaz(1949), Daag(1952), Shaheed, Kohinoor,Devdaas(1955), Madhumati, naya daur, daastan, Aazaad, kranti, shakti, majdoor, mashaal, saudagar and raam aur shyaam(1967). His work in "Raam aur Shyaam" started the trend of double roles by lead protagonist in the Indian Film Industry. Currently active actors Amitabh bachchan and Shahrukh khan regard him as their idol and inspiration. Currently 90 years Old and in a very good health and spirits, Dilip kumar has stopped working in films since 1998. He currently lives with his wife( Saira Bano) in his Pali Hills bungalow in Bandra west, MUMBAI.


2) Dev Anand

Childlike Angry with Madhubala:-

Dev Anand is considered the most stylish hero of Indian Film industry. Many consider him to be ahead of his times. He was the heartthrob of women in his time. He is one of the only two heroes for whom Many girls actually gave away their lives by jumping off the buildings and cutting their hands' blood vessels(Other being Rajesh Khanna). His most successful and superhit films include hum dono, kalapani, guide, johhny mera naam and hare rama hare krishna. Anand gave fierce competition to Raj Kapoor and Dilip kumar in 1950s to mid 60s. Dev Anand had developed his own style, attitude and diologue delivery manner which earned him millions of fans over several years. Dev Anand left this world in his room at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in London at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 (4 December 2011 by Indian Standard Time) of a cardiac arrest.


3) Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna was the First Superstar of Indian Film Industry. First superstar of india ruled box office in Golden Era of Hindi films. Rajesh Khanna enjoyed superstardom during 1969-1974. Indian film industry had many successful and highly talented actors in 1950s and sixtees including Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Bharat Bhushan and Rajendra kumar etc. but the term 'Superstar' was never used for anybody untill the phenomenon called Rajesh Khanna happened in Hindi Film Industry of India.  Khanna left this world on 18th July 2012, at his bungalow, Aashirwad, in Mumbai.


4) Dharmendra

Regarded as Most handsome Indian Film Industry hero ever. was nicknamed He-Man in 1960s and 70s. Current actor Salman Khan regards him as his Idol and inspiration. Dharmendra is now 77 years old and rarely works in films . He lives in his bungalow in juhu , Mumbai.


5) Amitabh Bachchan

Angry-young man and second superstar of Indian Film Industry. Amitabh enjoyed superstardom from mid seventies to mid-eighties. At the age of 70, he is still active in film and television. Bachchan lives with his family in Juhu, Mumbai.


6) Mithun Chakraborty

Nick-named "disco- dancer" in eightees but proved talent as the winner of three prestigious National Film Awards , affectionately called Mithun-da, enjoyed humongous fan following. First hero to appear as main lead in more than 100 films post golden era. He has stopped working in films but is occassionally seen in realty tv shows as judge.

7) Shah Rukh Khan

King Khan ruled box office throughout the 1990s


8) Aamir Khan

nicknamed Mr. Perfectionist for doing very few/selected films.


9) Salman Khan

This Dabang Khan is the current superstar


10) Akshay Kumar

This allrounder is also around for past 20 years and has done everything ( Started with Action and Stunts, then switched to Romance, and of late, Comedies ). Kumar has worked in more than 100 films in 20 year career..Nicknamed Akki, enjoys huge fan following in india and overseas. Had initially got attention and limelight(in early 90s) for not using duplicate artists in stunt scenes.


Dear Readers, Firstly, please let us tell you that this is really a very....very tough task to compile the list of alltime top ten most infuential or greatest Actors/Heroes from this great Hindi Indian Film Industry of India. ( Trust us, It really becomes even more laborious because we have to assign rankings, select and compare the stars which are all from different Era)

So, if you are somewhat disagree somewhere then before writing angry or abusive comments kindly try to understand few things from our point-of-view.. We are aware of following things :--

-- We are aware that Prithviraj Kapoor, Motilal, Himanshu Rai, Bharat Bhushan, Ashok Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Guru Dutt and Raj kapoor are missing from this list..that's because we have come up with This list taking into consideration the three major factors which are -1) Long-term popularity and mass impact 2) Looks, styling , fan following 3) number of superhit films, stable and consistent box office successes and overall popularity..

so, according to our metrics based on these factors, Dev Anand outshines Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor for 2nd place...

Also, Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor didn't hide from the world that their first love was 'film direction' and not 'acting'.. So, We will consider adding these two legends' names in the list whenever we create a list of most influential Indian Film Industry directors of all time.

-- We are also aware that Shashi kapoor and Shammi Kapoor are missing here, for that we can only say that since we have to only pick the Alltime "BEST TEN" then at Third place definitely Rajesh Khanna is best choice due to his SuperStardom and 15 consecutive superhits..Khanna's rise had actually almost finished the career of shammi kapoor, joy mukherjee, vishvajeet and many others in late Sixties through early seventies . Only Dharmendra was able to stand strong and stay afloat to survive in the Rajesh Khanna Hurricane..

by now we have crossed 1950s , 1960s, and early 1970s seventies

We think very few should be surprised to see Amitabh there and Dharamendra is there as he is alltime most handsome hero of Indian Film Industry ever. till date. Due to Dharmendra's long time popularity we preferred him over other equally successful contemporary actors Rajendra Kumar, Raj-Kumar and Sunil Dutt..

We really had tough time thinking about Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Sanjay Dutt but due to limited vacancies they are omitted....because for their own different reasons they actually couldn't reach the #1 spot in their times.

Vinod khanna, Shatrughan Sinha and many others were always overshadowed by Amitabh Bachchan's SuperStardom throughout the seventies and mid-eighties... though Amol Palekar had managed to sneak a Filmfare best actor award in 1979-80 even when Amitabh Superstsrdom was at its peak...

Feroz Khan, Sanjay Khan, Raj Babbar, Vinod Mehra and Sachin Pilgaonkar's success was very limited and short-lived.

now while picking the number# 1 hero from the 1980s decade,As per our metrics and considered factors, Mithun-Da scores over Rishi kapoor and Anil Kapoor too..his mass fan following earns him the 6th spot in our list.. We think Jeetendra too loses to Mithun by a very narrow margin for 6th spot. Jeetendra didn't enjoy such an enormous fan following ever.

We have to omit Ethereal actors of parallel cinema like Anupam Kher, Nasiruddin shah, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Nana Patekar as well because this list is about the main lead "Heroes" of commercial cinema; and also because, once again, we have come up with This list taking into consideration the three major factors which are - 1) Long-term popularity and mass impact 2) Looks, styling , fan following 3) number of superhit films, stable and consistent box office successes and overall popularity..

Few will object the inclusion of "Three Khans" at 7-8-9 positions as everyone knows they are dominating the industry for past two decades.

It is also a fact that the Govinda kind of cinema(David Dhawan films co-starring Karisma Kapoor) couldn't actually take the mainstream path due to the Khan dominance throughout 1990s and mid 2000s.

Ajay Devgan, Though A very talented actor, Also couldn't do much wonders due to khan dominance throughout the 1990s. John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor's successes are also limited.

here, HRITHIK ROSHAN fans, at 10th spot there was a tough fight between Hrithik and Akshay Kumar and we go for Akshay due to his long-term overall success(more on that is posted HERE) and his number of (hit) films and domestic / international fan followings....Hrithik loses by a very narrow margin to Akki and if he does better in coming years then he definitely deserves a spot in this List of Top Ten All-time Greatest, Most Popular, successful and Most Influential and Memorable Actors Ever in the History of Hindi Film Industry of India..

Now, dear young School/College going readers, We are really sorry we cannot include Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor or Imran / Emraan as yet...These guys need to prove their mettle in many more coming years because competition is really tough and these top ten are really Too Strong in some way to displace from this list because its years(or in some cases, even decades) of hard work, very much talent, a little luck, stable and consistent box office successes and long term lasting popularity which make them extraordinory to get a spot in this very difficult-to-compile list of top ten alltime greatest and most successful and influential Indian Film Industry actors in the past 100 years History of Hindi Cinema of India..


****---- Further Analysis----****

    Apart from the above top-ten most influential actors, Indian film industry was fortunate enough to be blessed by several leading men in all eras of its history. whether its pre-independence black and white golden age era of the early film industry of 1930s or 1940s, or the colorful new age golden era of musical films of 1960s or 1970s, good looking and talanted actors kept appearing in Mumbai's hindi film industry and many names remained less popular than they actually deserved. Having the opportunity and space here, we will try to list the names of all leading men of hindi film industry who have given significant amount of contributaion in indian films from the pre- history b/w (Golden-Age era) of black and white films of 1930s to the technnologically advanced era of 2010s.. read on if you want to know more about all the good and talented indian heroes who have graced the industry till date...

    (Please note that following list is not ranked in any order. we just tried to list the actors as per their seniority/debut..


    1)Kundan Lal (K.L.) Saigal/Sehgal (11 April 1904 – 18 January 1947)

    Kundan Lal (K.L.) Saigal -
    K. L. Saigal was the first most notable singer/actor of the indian film industry. In his times of pre-independence, bollywood was mainly based in Kolkata and Saigal become the first nationally well known hero of the indian film industry.

    2) Prithviraj Kapoor ( 3 November 1901 – 29 May 1972)

    3) Himanshu Rai (also known as Himanshu Ray or Himanshu Roy)(1892 - 16 May 1940)

    -one of the pioneers of Indian cinema, is best known as the founder of the Bombay Talkies in 1934.

    4) Ashok Kumar (13 October 1911–10 December 2001)

    Ashok kumar is undoubtedly the first Notable star actor of Indian film industry . He is One of the first Actors of Hindi Cinema. Ashok Kumar was later affectionately called "Dada Muni". He was probably the First Hero of Indian film industry. Ashok Kumar started his career when there was no set up for playback singers and Indian film industry Actors had to sing the song in their own voice. Ashok Kumar Later worked in Many Movies as a character actor. Ashok Kumar also worked in many memorable comic roles most notably " Shaukeen" (1982). Ashok kumar started career as a hero in black and white cinema days of 1930s and 1940s. heroes/lead actors of those days were fully grown up middle aged men( yonger actors' trend was probably started by Rishi kapoor in 1970s). List of hit films by Ashok Kumar is as follows :-- Achhut Kanya (1936), Kismet (1943), Parineeta (1953), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Dharmputra (1961), Chitralekha (1964), Hatey Bazarey (1967), Aashirwad (1968), Victoria No.203 (1972),Choti Si Baat (1975),Mili (1975),Khoobsurat (1980),Khatta Meetha (1981) , Shaukeen (1982), Mr. India (1987) and Sangram

    5) Motilal Rajvansh  (1910–1965)

    Motilal is credited as being the Hindi cinema’s first natural actor.

    Balraj Sahni ( (1 May 1913 – 13 April 1973)

    His hit films include Bindya (1960)Seema (1955), Sone Ki Chidiya (1958), Sutta Bazaar (1959), Bhabhi Ki Chudiyaan (1961), Kathputli (1957), Lajwanti (1958) & Ghar Sansaar (1958). However, he is perhaps best remembered by the current generation for the picturisation of the legendary song Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen from the movie Waqt (1965) on him.

    6) Guru Dutt(9 July 1925 – 10 October 1964)

    - Noted filmmaker and
    Indian film industry Actor - Guru Dutt was one of the greatest critically acclaimed actors of early Indian film industry cinema of 1950s and 60s. more than acting, he is recognised worldwide for his film direction work. His hit films include - Sanjh Aur Savera (1964),Suhagan (1964),Bahurani (1963),Bharosa (1963),Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962),Sautela Bhai (1962),Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)
    , Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959),Pyaasa (1957), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), Aar Paar (1954), Baaz (1953) and Hum Ek Hain (1946)

    Bharat Bhushan(1920–1992)

    Bharat Bhushan made his debut with Kidar Sharma hit, Chitralekha (1941), however he struggled for over next a decade to make a mark in Hindi movies till the movie Baiju Bawra (1952),

    Dilip Kumar

    Most respected
    Indian film industry Actor till date and is considered most talented hero ever nicknamed "tragedy king" and "abhinay samraat". Many Indian film Actors admit that Dilip Kumar is their inspiration. He is listed above as # 1 in alltime most influential list. He has won most number of filmfare best actor awards and considered the most legendary actor of the Indian film industry history. He gave sevaral hit films during 1940s and 1960s. some are Shaheed, Anokha Pyar, andaaz, Jogan, daag, Udan Khatola, devdaas, naya daur, aazad, musafir, yahudi, madumati, mughal-e-aazam, leader, Gunga Jumna , daastan, bairag, kranti, shakti, majdoor, mashaal, saudagar and raam aur shyaam.

    Raj Kapoor (14 December 1924 – 2 June 1988)

    Great Indian film industry Actor / Director - Raj kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest actors of Indian film industry history. Just like guru dutt, He was also more passionate about the film direction instead of acting. His pairing with Nargis is also remembered as the first most sussessful and popular onscreen jodi of Indian film industry's hindi cinema. They together worked in many movies. majority of these films were directed by Raj kapoor himself. Some of the sussessful and memorable films of Raj Kapoor are - Barsaat,Aawara, shree 420, chori-chori, aag, aah, Anari, jaagte raho, jis des me ganga rehta hai and Mera naam joker.

    Dev Anand (26 September 1923 – 3 December 2011)

    Very stylish Indian film industry Actor..was ahead of his times
    . Dev anand was very stylish and versatile actor of Indian film industry cinema of 1960s and 70s. He is listed above as # 2 in most influential list. He is one of those few popular heroes who developed and came with their own different "style", unique dialogue delivery, gestures and his own mannerism. dev anand worked with all major heroines of his time. list of hit films of dev anand are - hum dono, kalapani, guide, johhny mera naam and hare rama hare krishna.

    Sanjeev Kumar

    Sanjeev kumar was Very high class and critically acclaimed Indian film industry Actor.This versatile actor worked in various film genres including comedies, romance, action and tragedies with utmost perfection. His notable works include in hit films like Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Manchali (1973) and Aap Ki Kasam.Koshish (1973), Aandhi(1975), Mausam (1975), Angoor (1981) and Namkeen (1982) Trishul(1978)and Sholay(1975).


    Shammi Kapoor ( 21 October 1930 – 14 August 2011)

    - One of the first Romantic heroes of Indian film industry with a Playboy Image. In many films shammi kapoor played the role of spoiled and flirtatious rich guy. List of superhit films of Indian film industry actor shammi kapoor includes - Janglee, jaanwar, teesri manzil, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho, Dil Tera Diwana, Professor, China Town, Rajkumar, Kashmir Ki Kali, Brahmachari and Andaaz. Shammi kapoor is one of the biggest casualities of the rise and superstardom of rajesh khanna. When the credit of shammi's last hit film as a lead hero "Andaaz" was given to a 13 minute song appearence of Rajesh khanna(zindagi ek safar hai suhana) then Shammi and the industry realized that now the biggest force of Indian film industry was Rajesh Khanna and he was also a setback for shammi kapoor's career. Andaaz was shammi's last film as a lead hero. List of shammi's superhit films include Jeevan Jyoti, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho, Junglee, Dil Tera Diwana, Professor, China Town, Rajkumar, Kashmir Ki Kali, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris, Bramhachari, Andaz and Vidhaata.

    Rajendra Kumar (20 July 1929 – 12 July 1999)

    Indian film industry Actor Rajendra Kumar was Nicknamed Jubilee Kumar due to back to back Silver Jubilee Hits. Rajendra Kumar was a simple looking man of 1960s Indian film industry who has mostly played the 'good guy', ' honest guy' kind of roles in his time. His simple still attractive looks, acting skills and good chemistry with rather rulral audience and popularity among them made him one of the most sussesful Indian film industry hero of 1960s. at the peak of his career he gave back to back silver jubilee hits and was then affectionately called "jubilee kumar" for this feat.list of superhit films by Indian film industry actor Rajendra Kumar are - Dhool Ka Phool, Dil Ek Mandir, Mere Mehboob , Sangam, Arzoo, Pyar Ka Sagar, Gehra Daag', Suraj, Talash, Dil Ek Mandir, Ayee Milan Ki Bela and Aarzoo. Most of them silver jubiliees of 1960's Indian film industry cinema.

    Manoj Kumar

    - Affectionately called 'Bharat Kumar' for making several popular patriotic Movies. Manoj kumar started his career in late 50s and was active as lead hero throughout 1960s. He was well known for making and acting in patriotic films . some of his superhits films include - hariyali aur raasta, woh kaun thii, shaheed, himalay ki god mein, gumnaam, poorab aur pashchim, roti kapda aur makaan, kraanti, neel-kamal and upkaar.

    Sunil Dutt (6 June 1929 – 25 May 2005)

    - Dutt Worked in many superhits in 1960s. His hit/superhit films include Sadhna (1958), Sujata (1959), Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Khandaan (1965) and Padosan (1967),s Gumraah (1963), Waqt (1965) and Hamraaz (1967), Reshma Aur Shera (1971), Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1974), Nagin (1976), Jaani Dushman (1979) and Shaan (1980).

    Joy Mukherji (24 February 1939 – 9 March 2012)

    actor joy mukerj mukherji
    Joy worked with Top Heroines of his time.

    Vishwajeet(Biswajit Chatterjee)

    Biswajit got many good songs in his career and worked in some hit Movies with Top Heroines
    of mid and late sixtees 1960s

    Raj Kumar/Raaj Kumar (8 October 1926 – 3 July 1996)

    Remained well known and famous throughout his life and entire film career for his trademark dilogue delivery which earned him many loyal fans till date..

    Shashi Kapoor

    Stylish and romantic - Indian film industry Actor of 1970s. got moderate success in late sixtees and 70s . His hit films include Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965), Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966), Raja Saab (1969) and Rootha Na Karo (1970). Jaanwar Aur Insaan(1972), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Baseraa (1981), Pighalta Aasman (1985), My Love (1970), Anari (1975), Gehri Chot (1983), Maa Beti (1986) and Ghar Bazar (1998), Chori Mera Kaam (1975), Deewaangee (1976), Roti Kapda Aur Makan, Heeralal Pannalal (1978), Pakhandi (1984) and Bhavani Junction (1985) and Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Krodhi (1981), Vakil Babu (1982), Bandhan Kuchchey Dhaagon Ka (1983), Trishna (1978),Doosara Aadmi (1977), Bandhan Kuchchey Daghon Ka, Bandh Honth (1984), Zameen Aasman, Waqt (1965), Aamne Samne (1967), Suhana Safar (1970), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973),[9] Paap Aur Punya (1974), Swati (1986), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968) and Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati (1969), Pyar Ka Mausam (1969), Chor Machaye Shor, Abhinetri (1970), Aap Beati (1976), Maan Gaye Ustaad (1981), Bezubaan , Chakkar Pe Chakkar (1976), Kali Ghata, Kalyug (1981), Vijeta (1982), Pyaar Ki Jeet(1987), Bepanaah (1985), Dil Ne Pukara (1967), Trishul (1978), Neeyat (1980), Aandhi Toofan (1985),Naina (1973), Phaansi (1978), Salaakhen(1975), Fakira (1976), Junoon (1979) and Deewar(1975)

    Rajesh Khanna

    Most Romantic hero ever... First Superstar of Indian film industry Cinema. He is ranked at #3 in alltime most influential list above.


    Regarded as One of the Most Handsome hero of all time. Current actor Salman Khan regards him as his Idol and inspiration. He is ranked at #4 in alltime most influential list above.Dharmendra is now 77 years old and rarely works in films . He lives in his bungalow in juhu , Mumbai.


    - Evergreen Indian film industry Actor / Hero, Worked in several hit movies for many years including Sanjog, Aulad, Majaal, Justice Chaudhry (1982), Mawaali (1983), Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dushman (1979) and Tohfa (1984), , Aasha, Arpan,Parichay, Kinara and Khushboo.

    Firoz(Feroz) Khan

    - known as the Clint Eastwood of the East and a style icon. Qurbani, Dayavan (1988) and Janbaaz (1986), Aadmi Aur Insaan (1970), Upaasna (1967), Mela (1971), Nagin (1976) and Dharmatma(1975).

    Amitabh Bachchan
    Angry Young man of 1970s went on to Become Second and last Superstar of Indian film industry.

    Vinod Khanna

    Shatrughan Sinha

    Vinod Mehra

    Rakesh Roshan

    Raj Babbar

    Rishi Kapoor

    Rajinikanth  - He is a legendary superstar of South Indian Movies

    Amol Palekar

    Naseeruddin Shah

    Kamal Haasan

    Mithun Chakraborty

    Farooq Shaikh

    Sanjay Dutt

    Anil Kapoor

    Sunny Deol

    Jackie Shroff


    Aamir Khan

    Salman Khan

    Saif Ali Khan

    Ajay Devghan

    Shah Rukh Khan

    Akshay Kumar

    Sunil Shetty

    Bobby Deol

    Arshad Warsi

    Akshay Khanna

    Aaftab Shivdasani

    Hrithik Roshan

    Abhishek Bachchan

    John Abraham

    Shahid Kapoor

    Ritesh Deshmukh

    Emraan Hashmi

    Ranbir Kapoor



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