The Indian film industry has so many great actors and actresses who have given the brilliant performances in many films. Here we have the list of few of these versatile actors who are pillars of our Bollywood industry.
The versatile Indian film actor and television presenter best remembered for hosting the vocal reality show Antakshari from 1993 to 2006 and his roles in Vicky Donor (2012) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). He started his career as a stage actor in 1979. He made his film debut in Mandi in 1983 which was directed by Shyam Benegal. He received Filmfare award as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vicky Donor.
Boman Irani began his acting career in theatre and moved to films in 2000. He gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. He later appeared in Lage Raho Munna Bhai for which he received several IIFA award nominations and in 3 Idiots opposite Aamir Khan which earned him a Filmfare Award and a Star Screen Award. He has played all kind of roles.
Rishi Kapoor debuted in his father Raj Kapoor's 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, playing a child. Rishi Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 film Bobby. His 1976 film Barood became an overseas blockbuster in the Soviet Union, which made him a global movie star. Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol are the films which made him a superstar in Indian film industry.
Paresh Rawal made his debut with the 1985 film Arjun in a supporting role. It was the 1986 blockbuster Naam that established him as an actor with great talent. He appeared in over 100 films in most as the main villain. Paresh Rawal was perceived as a character actor by both audiences and critics until the 2000 Bollywood cult classic Hera Pheri after which he starred in many Hindi mainstream films as a lead actor or main protagonist.
Irrfan Khan started his acting career by acting in numerous television serials. In the 1990s, he appeared in the critically acclaimed films Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey (1998) and various other films which went unnoticed. Later director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in The Warrior, which was a historical film. In 2001 The Warrior opened in international film festivals, making Khan a known face. In 2003 he played the title role in the critically acclaimed Maqbool, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. After that, there was no looking back for Irrfan Khan. He acted in numerous Bollywood film which gave recognition globally and soon he was seen in Hollywood circuit. From Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Namesake, The Amazing Spider-Man and Inferno, has done a commendable job.
After graduating from FTII, Rao spent the next year visiting studios and meeting casting directors. In 2010, he got his big break when he was cast in Love Sex Aur Dhokha. After that, he also worked in Ekta Kapoor's Ragini MMS. In 2013, Rao played the role of Govind in the film Kai Po Che! The movie was a commercial and critical success and earned praise for the lead performances. His performance in Shahid a movie based on the life of the slain lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi earned lots of praise for him from the critics. City Lights, Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Aligarh are few films, which have garnered respect from all. He can be seen in recently released Bareily Ki Barfi delivering a brilliant performance. His next will be Newton.
Raghubir Yadav performed as an actor and singer in over 70 plays and about 2500 shows, traveling in caravans, living in tents and performing on makeshift stages in villages, towns, and cities of India with the Parsi Theatre Company (1967-1973). He was seen in many milestone films in the coming decades. Three films that he has acted in have received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Salaam Bombay!, Lagaan, and Water). Raghubir Yadav is the only Indian actor to have received the Silver Peacock Best Actor Award, at the International Film Festival of India. His most acclaimed role was as the drug addicted 'Chillum' in Salaam Bombay! (1988). He has done television as well, his show Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1990) gave him a new name Mungreilal.
Shah has acted in movies such as Nishant, Aakrosh, Sparsh, Mirch Masala, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, Trikal, Bhavni Bhavai, Junoon, Mandi, Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Ardh Satya, Katha, and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, to name a few. He became active in mainstream Bollywood cinema with the 1980 film Hum Paanch. In 1982, he acted in the film Dil Aakhir Dil Hai directed by Ismail Shroff, opposite Rakhee. One of his most important films, Masoom, was released in 1983. Shah won critical acclaim by playing the role of Mohit, the drunken coach to a deaf and mute boy in Iqbal. Shah was praised for his roles in the 1999 Aamir Khan-starrer Sarfarosh, where he played Gulfam Hassan - a ghazal singer-cum-terrorist mastermind - and in Neeraj Pandey's critically acclaimed A Wednesday. He has also starred in international projects, such as Monsoon Wedding in 2001 and a Hollywood comic book adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003 (co-starring Sean Connery), where he played the role of Captain Nemo.
His first acting role was as one of the seven protagonists in the film Saat Hindustani directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. Director Prakash Mehra cast him in the leading role for the film Zanjeer (1973) as Inspector Vijay Khanna which established Amitabh in a new persona—the 'angry young man' of Bollywood cinema. Kaala Patthar, Coolie, Deewar, Abhiman, Namak Haram are few of his milestone movies. Kabhie-Kabhie, Kasme Vaade, Don and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar are other films which made him a superstar.
Siddiqui made his Bollywood debut in 1999, with a small role in Aamir Khan starrer, Sarfarosh. He then appeared in Ram Gopal Varma's Shool (1999), Jungle (2000); and Rajkumar Hirani's Munnabhai MBBS (2003). He appeared in four major films of 2012 - Kahaani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 (2012) and Talaash (2012), all of which earned him wide critical reception and awards including Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male both for his role as Taimur in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within as well as Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur. Siddiqui was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his work in films, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash.