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100 Years of Bollywood: Superstars who will remain immortal to us

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Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 15:18 [IST]

Bollywood has always been an obsession for the majority Indians. And since decades, Bollywood celebrities have been an inextricable part of our daily lives. Our Hindi film industry has been a reflection of the socio-economic, political and cultural changes that took place in the country, and the name Bollywood itself defines Art, Talent and Vision which today has reached nooks and corners globally.

Over the years, we have witnessed the industry giving birth to artists, legends, superstars. With the completion of 100 long years of Bollywood's successful journey, we are here to explore the magic of those legends, who had changed the face of the industry.

Over this period, Bollywood has delivered many talents like Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and many more. Through this article, we salute these legendary personalities for their contribution to the Indian cinema. Go through the slider to check out those superstars, who have changed the face of the industry.

Raj Kapoor

Known as "The Show-Man Of The Millenium", Kapoor's good looks and the streak of vulnerability in his seductive blue eyes brought intense passion to the big screen. Raj Kapoor was the first star to make a mark for himself as an actor-director with Aag (1947). The film was made under his own banner, RK Films, and it also starred Nargis and Kamini Kaushal. But the phenomenal popularity of his performance as the 'poor man with a big heart' in Awaara and Shri 420, pushed him into doing role similar to Anari, which he continued playing right up to Mera Naam Joker.

Manoj Kumar

He is remembered for films like Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi?, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkar, Kranti and many more. In 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Dilip Kumar

Considered as the "Living Legend", "Tragedy King", superstar Dilip Kumar has been a crucial part of the industry since 1944. In a career spanning six decades, it was his versatility, masterful underplaying and incredible dialogue delivery that won him the title of a thespian. With films like Mela, Daag, Devdas, Madhumati, Mughal-e-Azam, Naya Daur, Ganga Jamuna and Kranti and many more, Kumar was believed to be way ahead of his contemporaries.

Guru Dutt

A versatile genius, Guru Dutt is often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema. Dutt was a perfectionist with extraordinary vision. His iconic films of the 50s and 60s stand unrivalled in the Indian canon, not just for their striking, impressionistic cinematography and lyrical dialogue, but for the darkness they explored through a traditionally happy-go-lucky, escapist medium.

Rajendra Kumar

The film fraternity calls Rajendra Kumar as Jubilee Kumar. During 1960s Rajendra Kumar had become the hottest actor and every film starring him was a silver jubilee hit.

Dev Anand

Known as the 'evergreen' star for his immortal charm and undying spirit, Dev Anand has given us some memorable movies like Jewel Thief, Guide, Des Pardes and many more. Anand is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.

Pran

What made Pran a 'cult' figure amongst the industry and the masses, was his 'lion' hearted approach towards life, his simplicity and concern towards his colleagues, friends and family which was in complete contrast to his characters which he played on screen.

Shammi Kapoor

Being the son of Prithviraj Kapoor and brother of "showman" Raj Kapoor, carving a niche was not easy for Shammi. His trademark dancing style, his romantic antics which charmed heroines created the "Shammi Kapoor phenomenon" that will be remembered by his fans forever. With his uncanny sense of music, Kapoor revolutionised the song-and-dance routine in Hindi cinema, leading to the evolution of a new genre of 'musical romance'.

Sanjeev Kumar

He is well remembered for his versatility and genuine portrayal of his characters. He acted in various genres ranging from Romantic drama to Thrillers. Much unlike his peers, Sanjeev Kumar did not mind playing roles that were non glamorous, such as characters way beyond his age.

Sanjeev Kumar

He is well remembered for his versatility and genuine portrayal of his characters. He acted in various genres ranging from Romantic drama to Thrillers. Much unlike his peers, Sanjeev Kumar did not mind playing roles that were non glamorous, such as characters way beyond his age.

Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna was the first ever superstar in Bollywood, who sparked a never-seen-before frenzy everywhere he went. Khanna not only tasted Box Office success during this time, but also rendered some of his finest performances.

Mithun Chakraborty

Bollywood's original disco dancer Mithun Chakraborty was a phenomenon during the 70s. Having appeared in more than 250 films in a career spanning over three decades, the dancing star remains close to the heart of millions of youngsters fighting for a dream.

Dharmendra

He is regarded as one of the most handsome actors of the sixties. He is known as 'Garam Dharam' and the 'He-man' of Bollywood.

Naseeruddin Shah

Shah has been one of the most talented and influential stars of Bollywood. Winner of several awards, Shah several unforgettable movies.

Amitabh Bachchan

The "angry man" of Bollywood certainly needs no introduction. Amitabh Bachchan - the name itself defines talent, super stardom, versatility, global popularity and many more. Now after spending long years in Bollywood this living legend is considered as The 'Star of the Millennium'.

Jeetendra

Known as the "Jumping Jack", Jeetendra has left his mark in Indian cinema with his innumerable skills - charming looks, dancing and impeccable acting. During his golden years, Jeetendra gave many power-packed performances that turned out to be smashing hits at the Box Office. Movies like Parichay, Himmatwala and The Burning Train are still remembered by young and old as some of the best movies of Bollywood.

Anupam Kher

He is the man known for his tremendous acting skills in the film industry. Having appeared in nearly 450 films and 100 plays, Kher's achievements in the industry goes beyond one's imagination.

Govinda

Govinda is a reflection of the huge popularity of Indian films. In fact, he can be considered as the best definition for the proverb "Laughter is the best medicine".

Shahrukh Khan

Often tagged as the 'Baadshah', 'King Khan', Shahrukh is one of the most legendary faces of Bollywood today. Khan is considered the world's most successful movie star, with a fan following numbering in the billions and a net worth estimated at over Rs 2,500 crores.

Aamir Khan

He is a maverick, a perfectionist and one of the finest actors of Bollywood today. Aamir is the one who took Indian cinema to the level of prestigious Oscar hope, with his megahits like Taare Zameen Par, Lagaan, Ghajini and many more. He has successfully handled the four spheres of filmmaking which perhaps none of his contemporaries have managed to do - Acting, Direction, Production and Marketing.

Salman Khan

Salman is known to spawn mass hysteria. Khan has been unstoppable at the Box Office in the last couple of years, for scoring centuries thrice with Dabangg, Bodyguard and Ready. If Shahrukh is Bollywood's Baadshah, Sallu is now the undisputed emperor of the elite 100-crore club.

Hrithik Roshan

This Roshan lad is one of the most talented actors of today. Hrithik had hit the gold with his debut movie (Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai) itself. Known for his Greek God looks, Hrithik is a versatile actor.

Topics: 100 years of indian cinema, amitabh bachchan, shahrukh khan, raj kapoor, dilip kumar, salman khan, shammi kapoor, aamir khan, hrithik roshan
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