10. Aamir Khan
You guys are probably wondering, “ Is he top 10 material?”. There was a lot of thought behind this and I think he deserves a place in the top 10. Aamir Khan became famous after the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. This film became the Bobby of its era and was a huge success. But time after time he proved himself again and again by playing different roles and playing them as good as they can be. Also known as Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan has set an example of method acting all over Bollywood ever since his arrival. He did not do many films but when he did one, he made sure it was a masterpiece. Aamir Khan gained whopping 28 kilos for his role in Dangal for which he won many awards for Best Actor and this was not the first time he went to lengths to play a role. He indeed is an inspiration to all the actors of this generation.
9. Om Puri
Om puri is considered to be one of the greats of Bollywood. He had a huge impact on Bollywood as well as the British Film Industry. He was also honoured with Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the British Film Industry in the year 2004 and has also received The Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Bollywood. Om Puri had marked his presence in the industry with his extraordinary performance in the movie Tamas. Om Puri truly was a legend.
8. Guru Dutt
Guru Dutt had acted in no more than 10 films throughout his career but he was considered as a legend and someone who was way ahead of his time. He lost as many as rs 17 crore producing a film but he recovered all of them the next movie itself. Guru Dutt is at number 8 on this list for his immense contribution to Indian Cinema. He was a visionary who was too ahead of his time.
7. Nana Patekar
You guys probably know Nana Patekar through memes and his comic roles in Welcome and other films but =he started way back and has been an amazing actor. His performances in the movies like Prahaar and Krantiveer literally sent chills down my spine. Nana Patekar has truly been inspirational to everybody. He also played an amazing villain in the movie Apharan for which he bagged The Filmfare Award for Best Villain. Nana Patekar has proved himself in every role and not only done a good but an amazing job.
6. Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah is one more actor that has proven that theatre produces real actors. He has been in Bollywood since the beginning of time I guess. Naseeruddin Shah has won multiple National and Filmfares for his acting, he has also been honoured with Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree which shows how big his contribution to the Indian cinema was.
5. Sanjeev Kumar
Is it just me or he looks better with both his hands? Yes, he was this young when he played the role of an old Thakur in the film Sholay and not only that, he was also nominated for the award of Best Actor for this film. Sanjeev Kumar did not shy away from doing challenging roles which made his impact a huge one on the Film Industry. His double role in the film Angoor was listed among the 25 best acting performances of Indian cinema by Forbes India on the occasion of celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema. Sanjeev Kumar was born in Surat, where he has a road and an auditorium named after him.
4. Raj Kapoor
Believe me when I say that it was very difficult for me to put this legend all the way back here at number 4. Raj Kapoor was the pioneer in revolutionizing the Indian Film Industry. He introduced new types of movie, new ways of acting, directing, song-writing and singing and whatnot. Raj Kapoor is also known as the Greatest Showman Of Bollywood. He was a genius and has won awards for almost all fields of movie making. Raj Kapoor was an expert in all the feats of movie making. His legendary movie Mera Naam Joke was not appreciated in his time but is now considered to be one of the greatest films in Indian Cinema. Raj Kapoor was famous and loved even in countries like Russia where he was super famous for his acting.
3. Dilip Kumar
Known as the tragedy King, Dilip Kumar had a big role in Hollywood. He is said to be the one who introduced Method Acting in Bollywood. He has the most number of Filmfares for Best Acting(8).
2. Rajesh Khanna
Zindagi Badi Honi Chaiye, Lambi nai Babumoshaay. Our number 2 for this list is the one and only Rajesh Khanna. He is said to be the first-ever superstar of Bollywood and that is why deserves his place here. His acting in Anand still remains immortal.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
This man is inarguably the best actor of Bollywood of all time. He is great by so big of a margin that I would give all the places from 1 to 10 to him alone. Amitabh Bachchan has acted for more than 40 years, gabbing the highest number of nominations for the Award for Best Actor. I’d say that the award did not deserve Amitabh. Justifying why he is here would be an insult to his talent.
Tell me who didn’t make the list that you expected would. Until next time.