Our film industry always has a ‘hero’ in the film and the term hero has become synonymous with the male protagonist. Whether it is romancing women in coffee shops or singing on tractors in mustard fields, fighting against ten men to crush them all or earn money overnight to prove your mettle to your rich girlfriend’s father: it is our Bollywood actors who can do it all. They are the super heroes of our films who make people believe that there is a world where magic still works and miracles still happen. They have a major chunk of role dedicated to them in each film and hence, it is a crucial decision to finalise an actor for a film, in Bollywood the sheer name and brand that the actor carries can quite literally make or break your film. They enjoy massive fanfare and are the idols of a majority of our youth. While they shoulder so many direct and indirect responsibilities, they clearly bear the sweetest of fruits too; love, affection, fame and of course truck loads of money. An ode to a life that anyone would crave for but these men live; let’s take a closer look at some of the finest actors that Bollywood has seen.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
There never has been a name bigger than this in the industry and there never will be a name bigger than this ever again. Well that is the kind of impact Amitabh has left on the silver screen. A writer’s son, who knew that he would be able to lead the nation someday? Immensely talented and equally industrious, he is a man of principles. It is these traits that differentiate you from the crowd and take you to places that nobody could ever imagine. A legend today, the man started out with several films that didn’t do well but then there were movies like Sholay, Kaala Pathhar and many others that made him shine like the pole star. He became the angry young man, a man who the audience could relate to. He had a rough and chiselled look; his height greatly highlighted his personality and his persona outshined most of the stars in the industry. With consistent commitment for his work, he soon started soaring higher and scaling the greatest of heights. His numbers like Tere Angane Mein and Khaiyke Pyaar Banaras Wala pushed him away from the herd of actors and got him to a much higher pedestal. He was a man who could fight, a man who could sing and most essentially a man who could charm and romance. You can’t forget the Vijay Deenanath Chauhan from Agneepath or Anthony from Amar Akbar Anthony. He is a marvel that is now the face of our industry. He has won several accolades and gained international recognition. He is definitely our industry’s ambassador for the world and an officially appointed representative at the IIFA awards. His presence lights up the screens till today. Whether it is Sarkar or Paa, Cheeni Kum or Baghban; one can only say that he epitomises aging gracefully and reflects to the society what it takes to be a fearless leader. Kudos to BIG B for setting an example that will run through many generations to come.
2. Shah Rukh Khan
The pulse of many women all across the globe stops for a second when his name is uttered. A normal guy, who was one amongst us, wore Nike shoes and went to Hansraj College rose to fame with his appearances on television. Circus and Fauji became his ladders for success and the face started gaining elevated attention and recognition. Today he is called the King Khan, the King of Bollywood. He taught people how to love, how to express love, how to feel love and how to immerse in love. The embodiment of romance, the man burned the screen with his performances. He has been a dominant character in romantic films and he has created a niche for himself in the same. People love him for his magical presence and his ‘give it all’ attitude. He has burned the midnight oil for years before he could rise to the status that he proudly holds today. He is emulated, he is followed and he is worshiped. People breathe him and they watch his movies hundreds of times. Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, and many such films are benchmarks in the genre of romance and his consistency has led him to earn the fame and respect that he holds in today’s time. With a few differentiating roles in Devdas, Swades, Chak De India, Don he has also showcased versatility though the audience will never get bored of wanting to see SRK romance his lady love. We hope to see many more brilliant performances and several other sides of the man who is indeed a class apart.
3. Salman Khan
When it comes to action and comedy, there is no comparison. The only contender and an obvious winner is Salman Khan. His muscular and toned body has created a major following in the masses but if you think that the elite have escaped his charisma and then you could only be mistaken. His posters are seen on the walls of celebrity kids and he makes women pant after they get to see a glimpse of him in award ceremonies or during stage performances. The man who rules the hearts of the nation, he has often been seen sporting a nude torso to accentuate his appeal. With his biceps and abs many men will run away in deep shame and women will stand to gaze for hours together. His recent release Dabang was a complete hit and it made wave that spread all over the country. His senseless performances often throw light at his humourous side and make people laugh. This is also his USP. A gem of a person he is not only a continuous contributor for charity but also the support system for many upcoming actors. He gives new comers a fair chance to prove their worth by making them a part of his productions. An icon for our generation, he will always be loved and fancied after.
4. Aamir Khan
He is a Khan of a different kind. Totally unconventional, this nonconformist has broken all rules in the industry. He doesn’t believe in going over the top but sticks to issues which are pertinent and make a point. He has an eye for change, for revolutionising the way our industry is looked at and the way it functions. Bringing in parallel cinema into mainstream through his films, he has successfully carved out a niche where his ardent followers await every release.
He usually does just one movie a year but that shakes up the entire industry. Whether it is Andaz Apna Apna, Dil Chahta Hai, Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par or Gajni; he has never failed to leave a mark.
He is known for memorable performances and he is actor in the truest of the sense: versatile, gifted and hardworking. The man is here to stay.
5. Hrithik Roshan
From the times when he was a young boy falling in love in Kaho Naa Pyar Hai to now when he has become the superhero Krish and exemplified in Dhoom, Lakshya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, etc. the reformation is beyond explanation.
He was a huge sensation right from his debut days but the man took it much further. He was determined to showcase his multitalented personality and to be the next youth icon.
His dance moves are a craze. He is a charming dancer and can do the most challenging steps within the snap of a finger. He is celebrated for his down to earth attitude and the urge to learn more and more. He loves to better himself and tries his best to put in his hundred per cent in every character that he takes up in his movies. His enviable cuts and streamlined shape make him a ten on ten and a hot sale in the market.
6. Akshay Kumar
He is the pied piper of Bollywood. After having done averagely in the first phase of his career, he came back with a bang. He took the industry by surprise and ever since he just hasn’t stopped.
Aitraaz, Garam Masala, Wecome, Desi Boys and a lot of movies under his gambit; he has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. He is known for action and ‘masala’. He adds humour, wit and also spice to the movie that is a part of. From serious roles to tickling comedies, romantic moves to action packed stunts; this true genius outdoes himself in every new film that he takes up.
He is a rage in youngsters and has melted the hearts of the female population who can’t stop dreaming about a man who is the ultimate package of what an actor should be.
7. Saif Ali Khan
Royalty flows in his blood and he carries it off with great suaveness and élan. His impeccable mannerism and brushed sophistication keep him an edge above the others.
The uber cool style icon from the days of Dil Chahta Hai has come a long way to become the Langda Tyagi of Omkara. His reincarnation with the kind of roles he chooses to do and the potential that he has untapped bring him to the forefront in this competitive industry.
When he does a movie like Aarakshan, it places him quite high on the ladder. Away from the glitz and glamour, he is taking up characters that show strength of an actor and encourage him to display the various sides that he holds within. The enigma of this star is hard to run away from. His stellar performances are giving the other actors a run for their money.
8. Abhay Deol
He is the dark horse of the industry. With movies like Dev D, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in his basket, there is less of a chance for him to face criticism. He knows what he wants, he knows what is good at and he gets just that. A focussed and refined actor, Abhay Deol has also outshone from his family league with some killer dance moves.
Yes this heir from the Deol family can go much beyond shaking the head and moving the legs and hands one after the other. He can move around and dance to music. Indeed!
He poses a confident side and brings warmth to the audience. He has excelled in the absorbing the essence of the characters that he needs to portray. A dedicate worker, he is the man who has softly pushed away boundaries to create a comfortable place for himself.
9. Abhishek Bachchan
Junior B is an actor who has moved from strength to strength. With Refugee as his first film he did win critical acclaim but the box office didn’t seem to be his big fan. Then came a tornado and things changed drastically. He did Dhoom, Guru, Yuva, Paa, Dostana and the crowds started turning towards him. He had now learned how to please the critics and the audiences both.
He engages with his audience and makes them believe in the credibility of his work. He has also transformed his style statement which has made him a style icon of today.
People love his sophisticated tuxedo look and the casual Goan floral shirts, they love his pinks and they love his rugged, stubble finish. Well a metamorphosis for good has changed the fortune of this man who has claimed his name to fame.
10. Ranbir Kapoor
This man came in with a movie called Sawariya and left people with a rubbed charm. The towel sequence left girls with their jaws dropping to the floor and men didn’t know where the competition suddenly came from. The hum of Ranbir, Ranbir is all they ever heard. With Wake Up Sid, he came a lot more closer to the audiences. He now had done a role that the audience understood much better. They gauged his potential and recognised the talent that was not easy to defeat. When he took up Rockstar and gave in that exemplary performance, well yes, the audience was left in great awe and admiration. The man now became worthy of serious respect. The young face of our industry, he has a long way to go.
Many will come and many will go but some will stay in our hearts forever. Actors are the backbone of our industry and they supply the main fabric on which our industry is built. These men have showcased some outstanding work to gain the reputation, love and eminence that they have captured today. With many more stalwart acts and performances, we would sincerely hope that this legacy never comes to an end.