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Famous people from India

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Salman Khan

Actor

Salman Khan is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and philanthropist. The son of actor and screenwriter Salim Khan, Khan began his acting career with Biwi Ho To Aisi but it was his second film Maine Pyar Kiya in which he acted in a lead role that garnered him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Khan has starred in several commercially successful films, such as Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Karan Arjun, Judwaa, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Biwi No.1, and Hum Saath Saath Hain, having appeared in the highest grossing film nine separate years during his career, a record that remains unbroken. In 1999, Khan won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his extended guest appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. In 2011, he won the Screen Award for Best Actor for his performance in Dabangg and in 2013, he won the Best Actor Popular Choice for his performances in Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2. Eight of the films he has acted in, have accumulated gross earnings of over 1 billion worldwide. He played leading roles in five consecutive blockbusters namely Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, and Dabangg 2. He has starred in more than 80 Hindi films and thus far has established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actor

Aishwarya Rai, also known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian film actress and model. She was the first runner-up of the Miss India pageant, and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 1994. She is a leading contemporary actress of Indian cinema and has received two Filmfare Awards, two Screen Awards, and two IIFA Awards for her performances in Hindi language films of Bollywood. Rai is regarded as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India, and is often cited in the media as the "most beautiful woman in the world". Rai made her acting debut in the 1997 biographical film Iruvar and starred in the commercially successful 1998 film Jeans. She earned wide public recognition and Best Actress awards at Filmfare for her leading roles in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 1999 melodrama Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and the 2002 period film Devdas. She gained critical appreciation for her portrayal of Tagore's heroine Binodini in Rituparno Ghosh's 2003 film Chokher Bali, and a depressed woman in Ghosh's 2004 relationship drama Raincoat. Following a series of commercially unsuccessful films, Rai featured in the 2006 blockbuster adventure film Dhoom 2, the 2008 historical romance Jodhaa Akbar, and the 2010 science fiction film Enthiran. She garnered wide critical acclaim for her work in Bhansali's 2010 romantic drama Guzaarish.

George Orwell

Novelist

Eric Arthur Blair, known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century and as one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation, Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and the allegorical novella Animal Farm, which together have sold more copies than any two books by any other 20th-century author. His book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, is widely acclaimed, as are his numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Orwell's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian — descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices — has entered the language together with several of his neologisms, including Cold War, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thoughtcrime.

Priyanka Chopra

Actor

Priyanka Chopra is an Indian film actress and singer, and was the winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000. Through her successful film career, Chopra has become one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities in India. She has won a National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four categories. Chopra was born in Jamshedpur to parents who were both physicians in the Indian Army, causing the family to move frequently during her childhood, but she considers Bareilly her real home. As a teenager she lived for some years with an aunt in the United States. In 2000, her mother entered her into the Femina Miss India contest, in which she finished second and took the Miss India World title. She was then entered into the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty—Asia & Oceania, becoming the fifth Indian to win the competition. Although Chopra at one time aspired to study engineering or psychiatry, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her acting debut in the Tamil film Thamizhan in 2002. The following year, she starred in The Hero, her first Hindi film release, and followed it with the box-office hit Andaaz, which won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She subsequently earned wide critical recognition for the role of a seductress in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz, winning her the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. By 2006, Chopra had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with starring roles in the highly successful films Krrish and Don. After receiving mixed reviews for a series of unsuccessful films, she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of unconventional characters, including a troubled model in the 2008 drama Fashion, a feisty Marathi woman in the 2009 caper thriller Kaminey, a serial killer in the 2011 neo-noir 7 Khoon Maaf, and an autistic woman in the 2012 romantic comedy Barfi! She achieved further commercial success by starring in films such as the action thriller Don 2, the revenge drama Agneepath, Barfi! and the 2013 superhero drama Krrish 3 all of which rank among the highest grossing Indian films of all time.

Rudyard Kipling

Novelist

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He is chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Kim, many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King"; and his poems, including "Mandalay", "Gunga Din", "The White Man's Burden", and "If—". He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works are said to exhibit "a versatile and luminous narrative gift". Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius that I have ever known." In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.

Rabindranath Tagore

Playwright

Rabindranath Tagore, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern South Asia. A Pirali Brahmin from Calcutta, Tagore wrote poetry as an eight-year-old. At age sixteen, he released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhānusiṃha, which were seized upon by literary authorities as long-lost classics. He graduated to his first short stories and dramas—and the aegis of his birth name—by 1877. As a humanist, universalist internationalist, and strident anti-nationalist he denounced the Raj and advocated independence from Britain. As an exponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he advanced a vast canon that comprised paintings, sketches and doodles, hundreds of texts, and some two thousand songs; his legacy endures also in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.

Akshay Kumar

Actor

Akshay Kumar is an Indian film actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has been nominated for Filmfare Awards several times, winning it two times. He has appeared in over 125 films. When he began his acting career in the 1990s, he primarily starred in action films and was particularly known for his appearances in feature films commonly called the "Khiladi series", which included Khiladi, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, International Khiladi, Khiladi 420 and Khiladi 786, as well as other action films such as Waqt Hamara Hai, Mohra, Elaan, Suhaag, Sapoot, Angaaray, Keemat – They Are Back and Sangharsh. Later he also gained fame for his drama, romance and comic roles. He started becoming known for his performances in romance films like Yeh Dillagi, Dhadkan and Namastey London, as well as drama films such as Waqt: The Race Against Time and Patiala House. His comic performances in comedy films such as Hera Pheri, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Singh Is Kinng met with acclaim. His success had soared in 2007, when he starred in four consecutive commercial hits. Kumar hit a rough patch since 2009 to 2011 but came back with two successes, Housefull 2 and Rowdy Rathore with both of them grossing over 100 crore. His other films like OMG and Special 26 were highly successful critically and commercially. On February 16, 2013, many media outlets reported that the boxoffice collection of Kumar films has crossed 2000 crore and till date is the only Bollywood actor to do so. Having done so, he has established himself as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema.

Indira Gandhi

Politician

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the third Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold the office. Indira Gandhi was the only child of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as the Chief of Staff of her father's highly centralized administration between 1947 and 1964 and came to wield considerable unofficial influence in government. Elected Congress President in 1959, she was offered the premiership in succession to her father. Gandhi refused and instead chose to become a cabinet minister in the government. She finally consented to become Prime Minister in succession to Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. As Prime Minister, Gandhi became known for her political ruthlessness and unprecedented centralisation of power. She presided over a period where India emerged with greater power than before to become the regional hegemon of South Asia with considerable political, economic, and military developments. Gandhi also presided over a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 during which she ruled by decree and made lasting changes to the constitution of India. She was assassinated in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star.

Jawaharlal Nehru

Politician

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian Independence Movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and ruled India from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in office in 1964. Nehru is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state; a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. He was the father of Indira Gandhi and the maternal grandfather of Rajiv Gandhi, who were to later serve as the third and sixth Prime Ministers of India, respectively. The son of a prominent lawyer and nationalist statesman, Nehru was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Inner Temple, where he trained to be a barrister. Upon his return to India, he enrolled at the Allahabad High Court while taking an interest in national politics. Nehru's involvement in politics would gradually replace his legal practice. A committed nationalist since his teenage years, Nehru became a rising figure in Indian politics during the upheavals of the 1910s. He became the prominent leader of the left-wing factions of the Indian National Congress during the 1920s, and eventually of the entire Congress, with the tacit approval of his mentor, Gandhi. As Congress President, Nehru called for complete independence from Britain, and initiated a decisive shift towards the left in Indian politics. He was the principal author of the Indian Declaration of Independence.

Aamir Khan

Actor

Aamir Khan is an Indian film actor, director, and producer who has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema. Starting his career as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain's film Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Khan began his professional career eleven years later with Holi and had his first commercial success with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He received his first National Film Award as a Special Jury Award for his roles in the films Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Raakh. After eight previous nominations during the 1980s and 1990s, Khan received his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in the major grosser Raja Hindustani and later earned his second Best Actor award for his performance in the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan, which also marked the debut of his own production company. Following a four-year break from acting, Khan made his comeback playing the title role in the historical drama Mangal Pandey: The Rising, and later won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his role in Rang De Basanti. The following year, he made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Director. This was followed by the thriller Ghajini, which became the highest grossing film of that year, and the comedy 3 Idiots, which was the highest-grossing Bollywood film as of 2010.

Rajnikanth

Actor

Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. He made his debut as an actor in the National Film Award–winning Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K. Balachander, whom the actor considers his mentor. After a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films, Rajinikanth gradually rose to become an established film actor. He continues to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of India. His mannerisms and stylised delivery of dialogue in films contribute to his mass popularity and appeal. After being paid 26 crore for his role in Sivaji, he became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. While working in other regional film industries of India, Rajinikanth has also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including that of the United States. As of 2013, he has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, was bestowed upon him in 2000. In addition to acting, Rajinikanth has also worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career, he is also a philanthropist, spiritualist and serves as an influence in the Dravidian politics.

Aurangzeb

Monarch

Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Mohammad Aurangzeb, commonly known as Aurangzeb and by his imperial title Alamgir was the sixth Mughal Emperor and ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent. His reign lasted for 49 years from 1658 until his death in 1707. Aurangzeb was a notable expansionist and during his reign, the Mughal Empire reached its greatest extent. He was among the wealthiest of the Mughal rulers with an annual yearly tribute of £38,624,680. He was a pious Muslim, and his policies partly abandoned the legacy of Akbar's secularism, which remains a very controversial aspect of his reign. During his lifetime, victories in the south expanded the Mughal Empire to more than 3.2 million square kilometres and he ruled over a population estimated as being in the range of 100-150 million subjects. He was a strong and effective ruler, but with his death the great period of the Mughal dynasty came to an end, and central control of the sub-continent declined rapidly.

Sania Mirza

Tennis Player

Sania Mirza is a professional Indian tennis player, well known for her powerful forehand ground strokes. She holds the record for being the highest ranked Indian player for over a decade in between 2003–2013, after which her retirement from the singles competition put Ankita Raina at the top spot. In her career, Mirza has notable wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Marion Bartoli; and former World No. 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina, and Victoria Azarenka. She is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 7 in doubles. She is the first Indian female player to surpass US$1m in career earnings; first Indian to win a WTA Tour title of any kind; and, by winning the 2009 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles Event, became the third Indian, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title. Mirza has also won the 2012 French Open – Mixed Doubles Event. Mirza was named one of the '50 heroes of Asia' by Time in October 2005. In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the "33 women who made India proud".

Swami Vivekananda

Philosopher

Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, "Sisters and brothers of America ...," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893. Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. After Ramakrishna's death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day in India.

Madhuri Dixit

Actor

Madhuri Dixit is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Hindi films. Often cited as one of the best actresses in Bollywood, Dixit made her film debut in Abodh and received wider public recognition with Tezaab. She went on to establish herself as one of Hindi cinema's leading actresses, acknowledged for several of her performances, her beauty, and her accomplished dancing. Some of her proceeding films include such box-office hits as Ram Lakhan,Tridev, Parinda, Dil, Saajan, Beta, Khalnayak, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Raja. After a relatively low phase, she reinvented herself with the romance Dil To Pagal Hai and subsequently received critical acclaim for her work in films like Mrityudand, Pukar, Lajja and Devdas. In 2002, she took a sabbatical from films to raise her children and made a comeback with the musical Aaja Nachle in 2007. Dixit also judged two seasons of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa '. Dixit has won six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special Filmfare award for completing 25 years in Bollywood. She holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations at Filmfare. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India.

Mammootty

Actor

Mammootty, is an Indian film actor and producer who has mainly worked in Malayalam cinema. He has also acted in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada films. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has acted in more than 360 films, and is only next to Prem Nazir in the number of lead roles in Indian films. He has also appeared in the highest number of dual roles in Malayalam films. Mammootty is involved in more than half a dozen philanthropic projects aimed at helping needy people. Mammootty is the patron of the Pain and Palliative Care Society, a charitable organisation in Kerala formed with the aim of improving the quality of life among patients with advanced cancer. He has been working with the Pain and Palliative Care Centre situated in Kozhikode, India. He has been awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor three times. He has also won five Kerala State Film Awards and eleven Filmfare Awards. In 1998, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. He was also honoured a Doctor of Letters by the University of Kerala in January 2010 and by the University of Calicut in December 2010. He is considered a megastar of Indian cinema.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Cricket Bowler

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team. He is an attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. He made his One Day International debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka. Dhoni is the captain of India in all three forms of the game. His Test and ODI records are the best among all Indian captains to date. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007–08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. In the final of the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni scored 91 not out off just 79 balls to take India to victory for which he was awarded the Man of the Match. After taking up the Test captaincy in 2008, he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. Dhoni became the first captain to win all the ICC trophies, he achieved this feat when India defeated England in champions trophy in England on June 2013. He has also captained the Chennai Super Kings to victory in the 2010 and 2011 seasons of Indian Premier League along with the 2010 Champions League Twenty20.

Hrithik Roshan

Actor

Hrithik Roshan is an Indian film actor known for his versatility and work ethic in addition to great dramatic range. After small appearances as a child in several films throughout the 1980s, Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2000. His performance in the film earned him Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. He followed it with leading roles in Fiza and Mission Kashmir and the multi-star blockbuster Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Following through with several unnoticed performances from 2002 to 2003, he starred in the blockbusters Koi... Mil Gaya and its sequel Krrish, both of which won him numerous Best Actor awards. Roshan received his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in the action film Dhoom 2, and his fourth for Jodhaa Akbar for which he was also awarded at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival. He later received further acclaim for his work in Guzaarish, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Agneepath, his biggest commercial success so far.

Sanjay Dutt

Actor

Sanjay Dutt is an Indian film actor and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. He was briefly associated with politics and is also infamous for felonies committed during 1993 Mumbai blasts. Dutt, son of film actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt, made his acting debut in 1981. Since then he has acted in some of the most popular Hindi language films. Although Dutt has enjoyed major success in movie genres ranging from romance to comedy, it has been the roles of gangsters, thugs and police officers in films that have won Dutt unprecedented adulation, with fans and Indian film critics alike referring to him as the "Deadly Dutt," for his larger-than-life portrayals of such characters. Dutt was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act in April 1993, due to terrorist interactions, and illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 assault rifle. After spending 18 months in jail, he was granted bail in April 1995. In July 2007 he was sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment. The Supreme Court of India, in a judgement on 21 March 2013, convicted Dutt of illegal possession of arms relating to the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment.

Salman Rushdie

Novelist

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He is said to combine magical realism with historical fiction; his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions and migrations between East and West. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was the centre of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries, some violent. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989. Rushdie was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999. In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to literature. In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945. Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States, where he has worked at Emory University and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.

Ranbir Kapoor

Actor

Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian film actor. He is the recipient of five Filmfare Awards, and is a leading actor of Hindi cinema. He is the son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and the grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor. He completed his pre-university education in Mumbai, after which he moved to New York City to pursue film-making and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, respectively. Kapoor began his career in Bollywood as an assistant director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2005 film Black. Kapoor's first acting role was as the protagonist of Bhansali's 2007 tragic romance Saawariya, a box office flop for which he was awarded his first Filmfare Award—Best Male Debut. He achieved commercial success with his next release—the 2008 romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno. During the film's production schedule he began a romantic relationship with co-star Deepika Padukone; the highly publicised relationship ended the following year. In 2010 he was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performances in three films of 2009—the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid, the comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and the drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year.

Ajay Devgan

Actor

Ajay Devgan is an Indian film actor, director, and producer who has established himself as one of the leading actors of Bollywood. Devgn has won numerous awards in his career, including two National Film Awards. He is the son of director and action choreographer Veeru Devgan. Starting his career as a child actor in Pyari Behna, Devgn began his professional career six years later with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991 and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He then starred in successful films such as Jigar, Dilwale, Suhaag, Naajayaz, Diljale and Ishq. Early in his career he was recognised as an action star, he was quick to break the stereotype by picking out a variety of roles that allowed him to experiment with his talent. In 1998, he gave critically acclaimed performances in the in Mahesh Bhatt's drama Zakhm and he received his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie. In 1999, his most-talked-about film was Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in which he played Vanraj, a man who tries to help his wife get back together with her lover.

Rani Mukerji

Actor

Rani Mukerji is an Indian film actress. Through her successful Bollywood acting career, she has become one of the most high-profile celebrities in India. Mukerji has received seven Filmfare Awards from fourteen nominations, and her film roles have been cited as a significant departure from the traditional portrayal of women in mainstream Hindi cinema. Although Mukerji was born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, in which her parents and relatives were members of the Indian film industry, she did not aspire to pursue a career in film. However, while still a teenager she dabbled with acting by playing a supporting role in her father's 1992 Bengali language film Biyer Phool, and later accepted a leading role in the 1997 social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat on the insistence of her mother. The following year, she began a full-time career in film and gained recognition for a supporting role in the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. After this initial success in her career, Mukerji's films fared poorly at the box office for the next three years. Her career prospects improved in 2002 when Yash Raj Films cast her as the star of the critically acclaimed relationship drama Saathiya.

M. Night Shyamalan

Film Director

Manoj Shyamalan, known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots including The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village and The Happening. He is also known for filming and setting his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Most of Shyamalan's commercially successful films were co-produced and released by the Walt Disney Studios' Touchstone and Hollywood film imprints. In 2008, Shyamalan was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India.

Sridevi Kapoor

Actor

Sridevi is an Indian film actress who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and a few Kannada films. Sridevi is described by the Indian media as "the First Female Superstar of Bollywood". Sridevi began her career as a child artist in M.A. Thirumugham's devotional Thunaivan at the age of four, and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in Julie and got her first breakthrough as a lead actress with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu. Sridevi's Bollywood debut as a lead actress was in Solva Sawan, and she attracted wide public attention with Himmatwala, which was followed by a number of popular films in the 1980s and 1990s such as Sadma, Nagina, Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Chandni, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah and Judaai. In 2012, Sridevi returned to films after a 15-year long hiatus with English Vinglish and became the only actress in the history of Hindi Cinema to make a successful comeback. In 2013, the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. In her career, Sridevi has won five Filmfare Awards including a Filmfare Special Award .

Vijay

Playback singer

Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, mononymously known as Vijay is an Indian actor, playback singer and producer, who works in the Tamil film industry. Son of film director and producer S. A. Chandrasekhar, he started his career as a child actor and later made his debut as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu helmed by S. A. Chandrasekhar. He has been awarded three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, nominated for two Filmfare Award, nominated for ten Vijay Awards, winning five and conferred honorary doctorate by MGR University for his extensive philanthropic works in 2007. He launched the Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, a social welfare organisation in 2009.

Alka Yagnik

Playback singer

Alka Yagnik is amongst the best-known playback singers of Hindi cinema with a career spanning three decades. She is a record seven-time winner from a record of 35 nominations of the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, a two-time recipient of the National Film Award as well as several other music awards listed below. Further, as many as 20 of her tracks feature in BBC's "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time" review.

Deepak Chopra

Organization leader

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American author, physician, holistic health/New Age guru, and alternative medicine practitioner. Chopra began a mainstream medical career in hospitals and universities in the Northeastern United States, becoming Chief of Staff at the New England Memorial Hospital. In 1985, Chopra met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who invited him to study Ayurveda. Chopra left his position at the NEMH and became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, and was later named medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. In 1996, Chopra and neurologist David Simon founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, advertising it as having a "holistic view of life". Chopra has enjoyed business success from the sale of a range of books, courses and alternative and complementary health products. He has written more than 75 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers; they have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Chopra is a controversial figure. According to a 2008 article in Time magazine, he is "a magnet for criticism", primarily from those involved in science and medicine. Critics have taken issue with his "nonsensical" references to quantum theory, criticized his descriptions of AIDS and cancer, and said the claims he makes for ineffective alternative medicine may bring "false hope" to people who are sick.

Preity Zinta

Actor

Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. After graduating with a degree in criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se.. in 1998 followed by a role in Soldier the same year. These performances earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was later recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in Kya Kehna. She subsequently played a variety of character types; her film roles along with her screen persona contributed to a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine. Zinta received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance in the drama Kal Ho Naa Ho. She went on to play the lead female role in two consecutive annual top-grossing films in India: the science fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya, her biggest commercial success, and the star-crossed romance Veer-Zaara, which earned her critical acclaim. She was later noted for her portrayal of independent, modern Indian women in Salaam Namaste and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, top-grossing productions in overseas markets. These accomplishments have established her as a leading actress of Hindi cinema. Her first international film role was in the Canadian film Heaven on Earth, for which she was awarded the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.

Leander Paes

Tennis Player

Leander Adrian Paes is an Indian professional tennis player who features in the doubles events in the ATP Tour and the Davis Cup tournament. Having won eight doubles and six mixed doubles Grand Slam titles and finishing as runner up in numerous other Grand Slam finals, he is considered to be one of the greatest and most respected contemporary doubles and mixed doubles players in the world. He is the oldest man to have won a grand slam. He is among the most successful professional Indian tennis players and is also the former captain of the Indian Davis Cup team. He is the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, in 1996–1997; the Arjuna Award in 1990; and the Padma Shri award in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to tennis in India. Paes completed the career grand slam in men's doubles after winning the Australian Open in 2012. He is the sports ambassador of the Indian state of Haryana. Apart from his fourteen Grand Slam victories in doubles and mixed doubles events, he is famous for his several memorable Davis Cup performances playing for India and also for winning a bronze medal for India in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He also achieved the rare men's doubles/mixed doubles double in the 1999 Wimbledon. His consecutive Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2012 make him the first Indian and first & only tennis player to compete at six Olympic Games. After winning the mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2010, Paes became only the second man to win Wimbledon titles in three different decades. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation co-founded by Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to support talented athletes from India in winning Olympic medals. Apart from the ATP circuit, he also plays in World TeamTennis for the Washington Kastles, being on the 2009, 2011 and 2012 championship teams. The 2011 and 2012 Kastles are the only team to complete an undefeated season at 16–0 and the Kastles did it in back to back years and have not lost a match since the last match of the regular season in 2010. He was named Male MVP for 2009 and 2011 for all of World Team Tennis.

Narendra Modi

Politician

Narendra Damodardas Modi is the 14th and current Chief Minister of Gujarat, a state in western India, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP and the centre-right National Democratic Alliance for the upcoming 2014 Indian general elections. Modi was a key strategist for the BJP in the successful 1995 and 1998 Gujarat state election campaigns, as well as a major campaign figure in the 2009 general elections won by the Indian National Congress. He first became chief minister of Gujarat in October 2001, being promoted to the office upon the resignation of his predecessor, Keshubhai Patel, following the defeat of BJP in by-elections. In July 2007, he became the longest-serving Chief Minister in Gujarat's history when he had been in power for 2,063 days continuously. He is currently into his fourth consecutive term as Chief Minister. Modi is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and is described as a Hindu nationalist by media, scholars and himself. He is a controversial figure both within India and internationally. His administration has been severely criticised for the incidents surrounding the 2002 Gujarat violence. He has been praised for his economic policies which are credited with creating the environment for the high rate of economic growth in Gujarat: however, his administration has also been criticized for failing to make a significant positive impact upon the human development of the state.

Saif Ali Khan

Actor

Saif Ali Khan is an Indian actor known for his work in Bollywood films. Having made his acting debut in 1992 with Yash Chopra's Parampara, Khan had his first success with the 1994 films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Yeh Dillagi. After going through several years of decline throughout the 1990s, he rose into prominence with his performance in Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai, which marked his professional turning point. His work in Kal Ho Naa Ho won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Hum Tum. Khan subsequently had further mainstream success with films like Salaam Namaste and Race and starred in critically acclaimed projects such as Parineeta, Being Cyrus and Omkara. In 2009, Khan branched out into film production with his company Illuminati Films' first film Love Aaj Kal, which became a box-office success. These accomplishments have established him as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2010. He is the son of the cricket player Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and actress Sharmila Tagore. Khan was married to actress Amrita Singh from 1991 to 2004, having two children together. In 2012, he married actress Kareena Kapoor on 16 Oct 2012 after a five-year relationship.

Pervez Musharraf

Politician

Pervez Musharraf is a retired four-star general and a politician who seized power through a military coup d'état in 1999. He served as the tenth President of Pakistan from 2001 until 2008. Prior to that, he was the 13th Chief of Army Staff from October 1998 till November 2007, and was also the tenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan Armed Forces from 1998 until 2001. Commissioned from the Pakistan Army in 1964, Musharraf rose to national prominence after being appointed a four-star general in October 1998 by then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Musharraf was the mastermind and strategic field commander behind the Kargil infiltration. Previously, Musharraf played a vital role in the Afghan civil war, both assisting the peace negotiations and attempting to end the bloodshed in the country. After months of contentious relations with Prime Minister Sharif, Musharraf was brought to power through a military coup d'état in 1999, subsequently placing the Prime minister under a strict house-arrest before moving him to Adiala Jail in Punjab Province. With Shaukat Aziz having completed his term as Prime Minister and the suspension of the Chief Justice in 2007, Musharraf dramatically fell from power in 2008, tendering his resignation of the presidency after facing potential impeachment, led by the elected opposition parties. Musharraf then lived in self-imposed exile in London for four years, returning to Pakistan on 24 March 2013, in order to participate in the upcoming general elections, despite receiving death threats from the Taliban. Whilst absent from Pakistan, the country's courts issued arrest warrants for both Musharraf and Aziz, for their alleged involvement in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Akbar Bugti. He was disqualified from taking part in the 2013 election by High Court judges in April 2013.

Pran Sikhand

Actor

Pran Krishan Sikand, better known by his mononym, Pran, was a multiple Filmfare and BFJA award-winning Indian actor, known as a movie villain and character actor in Hindi cinema from the 1940s to the 1990s. He acted as a hero from 1940–47 and as a villain from 1942–1991 and played supporting and character roles from 1948–2007. In a long and prolific career he appeared in over 350 films. He played the leading man in films like Khandaan, Pilpili Saheb and Halaku. His roles in the films like Madhumati, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Upkar, Shaheed, Ram Aur Shyam, Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool, Johny Mera Naam, Victoria No. 203, Be-Imaan, Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony and Duniya are considered to be among his best performances. Pran has received numerous awards and honours in his career. He won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1967, 1969 and 1972 and was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. He was awarded as the 'Villain of the Millennium' by Stardust in 2000. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. In 2010, he was named on the list of CNN's Top 25 Asian actors of all time.

Ali Asgar

Actor

Ali Asgar " alternately known as Ali Azgar, is an actor,comedian from India who has worked in film and television. He has worked in Bollywood, most of the time as a comedian and was the winner of the Comedy Circus 1, a television comedy series with Kashif Khan and of Comedy circus ke taansen with Kapil Sharma . He is popular for his role of Kamal Agarwal in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki. Ali Asgar is well known for his larger than life performances and his ability to generate humour on a variety of topics .

Rohini

Actor

Rohini is an Indian actress, lyricist, screenwriter, voice actor and director. She has mainly acted in south Indian, notably Malayalam and Tamil films. Having started her acting career at five, she has about 130 south Indian films to her credit. She received National Award of Special mention and Andhra Pradesh State Award for Best Female Actor in the year 1996 for the film Sthree.

Hariharan

Film Director

Hariharan is a veteran Indian film director who has directed over 50 Malayalam films. His movies mainly revolve around the cultural and relational aspects of a typical Keralite society. His notable works include Pazhassi Raja, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Sargam, Parinayam, Amrutham Gamaya and Nakhakshathangal, which won him national acclaim.

Sunitha Sarathy

Singer

Sunitha Sarathy is an Indian vocalist and performer in both Indian contemporary and Western Classical Music genres. She is also a Gospel Singer who performs in various Church choirs. After having won the "Virgin Voice Choice" contest — a joint initiative of Channel V and Virgin Records in the year 2000, Sarathy debuted into film playback in the year 2002. She debuted as a playback singer with the Tamil film Yei! Nee Romba Azhagey Irruke guest-singing the prelude and interlude portions of the song "Ini Naanum Naanillai" with Srinivas and Sujatha Mohan as the lead singers. Sarathy has around 200 film songs in various languages, performances as singer-keyboardist-percussionist across a wide spectrum of Western music genres including classical, jazz, soul and R&B, neo-soul and quiet storm, and a prolific output of gospel songs to her credit.

Supriya Karnik

Actor

Supriya Karnik is an Indian television actress and character artist in Bollywood, known for her negative roles. She is highly popular for portraying comic roles in super-hit movies Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Welcome.

Vishwajeet Pradhan

Actor

Vishwajeet Pradhan is an actor.

Javed Siddiqui

Playwright

Javed Siddiqui is a Hindi and Urdu screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright from India. He has written over 50 storylines, screenplays and dialogues. During his career, Siddiqui has collaborated with some of India's most prominent filmmakers, from independent directors like Satyajit Ray and Shyam Benegal to commercial directors like Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai. He has become an integral part of Indian cinema, in both commercial and art cinema fields. Siddiqui has won two Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards and one BFJA Award. Recently, he announced his association with Tumbhi where he would review artists and their artwork..

Chitti Babu

Actor

Chitti Babu was an Indian comedian, presenter and actor who prominently played supporting roles in Tamil cinema. He was also one of the judges in the comedy show Asathapovathu Yaaru on Sun TV. There is 1 more comedy actor in telugu cinema with same name Chitti Babu who is the brother of Telugu comedians Raja Babu and Ananth Babu.

Gurdev Khush

Award Winner

Gurdev Singh Khush is an agronomist and geneticist who, along with mentor Henry Beachell, received the 1996 World Food Prize for his achievements in enlarging and improving the global supply of rice during a time of exponential population growth. He graduated B.Sc. from Punjab Agricultural University in 1955 and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1960. After serving as a faculty member of the University of California for seven years studying the tomato genome, he joined the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines as Plant Breeder. He was appointed a Head of the Plant Breeding Department in 1972 where, in pursuit of ever-improved rice varieties to nourish the growing developing world and support its agricultural economies, he spent over twenty years directing and participating in genetic research and breeding. During that time he played a key role in the development of more than 300 innovative rice strains such as Semi-dwarf IR36. World rice production increased from 257 million tons in 1966 to 626 million tons in 2006. He retired frim IRRI in February 2002 as Principal Plant Breeder and Head of Division of Plant Breeding Genetics and Biochemistry and returned to UCDavis as adjunct professor.

Sunder Singh Bhandari

Politician

Sunder Singh Bhandari was an Indian politician. He was senior leader of Bharatiya Janta Party and a founder member of the Jan Sangh party.

Ajit Deol

Film Producer

Ajit Deol is an actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter.

Jane Ewart-Biggs, Baroness Ewart-Biggs

Politician

Felicity Jane Ewart-Biggs, Baroness Ewart-Biggs was a British politician and wife to the British Ambassador to Ireland, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, who was murdered in office. She was President of the British Committee of UNICEF and became a life peer in 1981, later serving as the Labour Party's spokesperson on home affairs, consumer affairs and overseas development.

Rishi Khurana

Actor

Rishi Khurana is an Indian television actor.He was last seen in Saas Bina Sasural as Ved, Currently he is playing in Bani – Ishq Da Kalma.

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Mathematician

Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS was an Indian mathematician and autodidact who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Living in India with no access to the larger mathematical community, which was centred in Europe at the time, Ramanujan developed his own mathematical research in isolation. As a result, he rediscovered known theorems in addition to producing new work. Ramanujan was said to be a natural genius by the English mathematician G. H. Hardy, in the same league as mathematicians such as Euler and Gauss. He died at the age of 32. Ramanujan was born at Erode, Madras Presidency in a Tamil Brahmin family of Thenkalai Iyengar sect. His introduction to formal mathematics began at age 10. He demonstrated a natural ability, and was given books on advanced trigonometry written by S. L. Loney that he mastered by the age of 12; he even discovered theorems of his own, and re-discovered Euler's identity independently. He demonstrated unusual mathematical skills at school, winning accolades and awards. By 17, Ramanujan had conducted his own mathematical research on Bernoulli numbers and the Euler–Mascheroni constant.

Shahid Kapoor

Actor

Shahid Kapoor is an Indian film actor. He started his career by working in music videos and advertisements, and made his Bollywood debut with Ishq Vishk and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He followed it with films like Fida and Shikhar, and had his first major commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah. His performances in Jab We Met and Kaminey earned him nominations for the Filmfare Best Actor Award. He followed this initial success with roles in a series of commercially unsuccessful films.

Shakti Kapoor

Actor

Shakti Kapoor is an Indian Bollywood actor. He is known as one of the leading villains in Bollywood movies for more than three decades. He has also been applauded for playing comic roles in several movies. Through the eighties and nineties, Kapoor teamed up with another senior actor Kader Khan as the comical or evil duo in over 100 films. Kapoor is one of the few Bollywood actors who played the stereotype Bollywood negative roles and negative characters with a comic touch with equal finesse.

Yuvan Shankar Raja

Film score Artist

Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer, singer and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has predominantly scored music for the Tamil and Telugu films. Son of noted film composer Ilaiyaraaja, he began his musical career in 1996, at age 16, as he composed the film score for Aravindhan. After initial struggle, he made his big break with the Thulluvadho Ilamai soundtrack, and evolved as one of Tamil cinema's most sought-after composers by the mid-2000s. Within a span of 15 years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has worked on over 85 films. Considered a versatile composer, he often strives for different and innovative music and has explored and used elements of various genres in his compositions that range from folk and R&B to techno and heavy metal. He is particularly known for his use of western music elements in his pieces and often credited with having introduced Hip hop to the Tamil film and music industry and having started the "era of remixes" in Tamil Nadu. Being immensely popular among the younger generation, he is frequently referred to as the "Rockstar", and the "Youth Icon of Tamil Film Music". In addition, Yuvan Shankar Raja is recognized for his background score in films that have fetched him accolades among critics.

Satyajit Ray

Film Director

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist 1948 film Bicycle Thieves during a visit to London. Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, graphic designer and film critic. He authored several short stories and novels, primarily aimed at children and adolescents. Feluda, the sleuth, and Professor Shonku, the scientist in his science fiction stories, are popular fictional characters created by him. Ray's first film, Pather Panchali, won eleven international prizes, including Best Human Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. This film, Aparajito, and Apur Sansar form The Apu Trilogy. Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Award in 1992. The Government of India honoured him with the Bharat Ratna in 1992.

Karisma Kapoor

Actor

Karisma Kapoor, often informally referred to as Lolo, is an Indian actress appearing in Bollywood films. The daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, Kapoor made her acting debut at the age of seventeen with Prem Qaidi in 1991. She subsequently featured in several commercially successful films such as Jigar, Anari, Raja Babu, Suhaag, Coolie No. 1, Gopi Kishan, Saajan Chale Sasural & Jeet. In 1996, Kapoor earned her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Raja Hindustani, her biggest commercial success, and later received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Dil To Pagal Hai. She went on to play the leading role in the critically acclaimed projects, Fiza and Zubeidaa, for which she earned the Best Actress and Best Actress trophies at the Filmfare ceremony. Having done so, Kapoor has established herself as one the leading actresses of Hindi cinema. During her career, Kapoor has received one National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards, among six nominations. In addition to acting in films, Kapoor has played the leading role in the television series, Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny and has also featured as a talent judge for the reality shows, Nach Baliye and Hans Baliye. Following a high-profile relationship with actor Abhishek Bachchan, Kapoor married Sanjay Kapoor in 2003, and has two children. She subsequently took a sabbatical from acting after her marriage before featuring in Dangerous Ishhq.

Bipasha Basu

Actor

Bipasha Basu nicknamed "Bips" is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi language films. She has also worked in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language films. She had a successful modeling career before venturing into films. She debuted in a negative role in Ajnabee which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first commercial success was Raaz. She was then noticed for her bold role in the erotic thriller film, Jism. She starred in top grossing films like – No Entry, Phir Hera Pheri, Dhoom 2 – her biggest commercial success till date and Race. Her performances in Apharan, Corporate and Bachna Ae Haseeno won her much praise and multiple nominations for several awards. She then appeared in commercial successful films such as All the Best: Fun Begins, Raaz 3 and also her roles being highly praised by film critics. Having done so, Bipasha Basu has established herself as a leading contemporary actress in Bollywood and is a household name. Known for her bold on-screen image and candid confession of her private life, she is frequently named in the media as a "sex symbol".

Shankar Mahadevan

Playback singer

Shankar Mahadevan is an award-winning musical composer and playback singer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for many Indian films. He is a four-time winner of the National Award: three times for Best Male Playback Singer and once for Best Music Director. Mahadevan founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which provides online music lessons in Indian music for students worldwide.

Dhanush

Actor

Vengatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja, better known by his stage name Dhanush is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and playback singer of Tamil cinema. Dhanush started producing films under his banner Wunderbar Films beginning with the successful 3, furthermore he gained overnight super-stardom with the huge success of the single "Why This Kolaveri Di" from its soundtrack album. A National Film Award for Best Actor-winner for Aadukalam, he also earned critical acclaim for his performances in Kadhal Kondein, Pudhupettai, Polladhavan and 3. In 2013, Dhanush made his Bollywood debut with the critical and commercial success Raanjhanaa. Dhanush was nominated to become the brand ambassador of PETA with the title of India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2011. He worked with WWF India to support Earth Hour 2012.

Tipu Sultan

Military Person

Tipu Sultan, also known as the Tiger of Mysore, was a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore and a scholar, soldier and poet. Tipu was the eldest son of Sultan Hyder Ali of Mysore and his wife Fatima Fakhr-un-Nisa. Tipu introduced a number of administrative innovations, including the introduction of a new coinage, new Mauludi lunisolar calendar and new land revenue system, and initiated the growth of Mysore silk industry. Tipu expanded the iron-cased Mysorean rockets which he deployed in his resistance against military advances of the British. During Tipu's childhood, his father rose to take power in Mysore, and upon his father's death in 1782, Tipu succeeded to a large kingdom bordered by the Krishna River in the north, the Eastern Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the west. Tipu was a devout Muslim although the majority of his subjects were Hindus, and few were also Christian. At the request of the French, Tipu built a church, the first in Mysore. Tipu was fluent in Kannada, Hindustani, Persian, Arabic, English and French. In alliance with the French in their struggle with the British, and in Mysore's struggles with other surrounding powers, both Tipu and his father used their French trained army against the Marathas, Sira and rulers of Malabar, Coorg, Bednore, Carnatic and Travancore. He won important victories against the British in the Second Anglo-Mysore War, and negotiated the 1784 Treaty of Mangalore with them after his father Hyder Ali died from cancer in December 1782 during the second Mysore war.

Shaan

Indian pop Artist

Shaan, is an Indian playback singer more active in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, and Kannada films and a television host. He hosted the shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2. In Music Ka Maha Muqabla, his team, Shaan's Strikers, finished as the runners up to Shankar Mahadevan’s team. He has also sung many Pakistani songs. He is considered as the one of the most popular voices for romantic as well as melodious songs and is one of the most versatile singers. He has sung songs of different genres like pop, sad songs, patriotic, jazz, ghazals, hip-hop, rock, and many more. He has sung songs in Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali, English, Hindi, Oriya, Malayalam, Marathi. He also started his career at a very young age of 17 years in year 1989 without any professional background. He has been showered by titles like 'Golden Voice of India',' Voice of Paradise', 'Magician of Melody', 'Voice of Youth'.

Suriya

Actor

Saravanan Sivakumar, better known by his stage name Suriya is a Tamil film actor, film producer and television presenter, who is currently working in the Tamil film industry. He has acted in 29 films in various genres as a lead actor till date. After making his debut in the acclaimed production Nerukku Ner, he went on to feature in many successful films, which include, Nandha, Kaakha Kaakha, Pithamagan, Perazhagan, Ghajini, Vel, Vaaranam Aayiram, Ayan, Singam, 7aum Arivu and Singam II. As of 2010, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South, establishing himself as one of the leading contemporary actors in Tamil cinema. He is the eldest son of Tamil film actor Sivakumar, and married actress Jyothika in 2006, after being engaged for several years. In 2008, he began Agaram Foundation, which funds for various philanthropic activities. He became a film producer after opening Studio Green which was responsible for making few of his own and brother Karthi's films. Suriya has become an ambassador for many global brands wanting to reaching the South Indian market. The year 2012 marked his debut as a television presenter with the popular STAR Vijay gaming show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, Tamil version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Nayanthara

Actor

Nayantara is an Indian film actress, who appears in South Indian films. She made her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare and followed with the successful Vismayathumbathu before foraying into Tamil and Telugu cinema. She made her debut into Tamil cinema with Ayya, and later that year appeared in the commercially successful Ghajini. She gained fame as a lead actress with films such as Chandramukhi, Billa, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Boss Engira Bhaskaran Raja Rani and Arrambam in particular, making herself one among the most sought after actresses in Tamil cinema. She debuted in Telugu with Lakshmi and featured in the successful ventures like Tulasi, Dubai Seenu, Adurs, Simha and later in 2010, made her Kannada film debut through the blockbuster Super. Her portrayal of Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam earned her Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and Nandi Award for Best Actress.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Politician

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman who served as the 10th Prime Minister of India, in three non-consecutive terms, first for 13 days in 1996, then for 13 months from 1998 to 1999 and then from 1999 to 2004 for a full five year term. A parliamentarian for over four decades, Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha nine times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha. He is the only parliamentarian to have been elected from four different states at different times He won his first election from Balrampur and later he moved to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, until 2009, when he retired from active politics due to health concerns. He is deeply respected by everyone including opposition for the kind of statesmanship he portrayed. Vajpayee was one amongst the founder members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh political party and had also been its president. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Morarji Desai.

Anushka Shetty

Actor

Sweety Shetty, better known by her stage name Anushka Shetty is an Indian film actress, who works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. She made her acting debut in the 2005 Telugu film Super and rose to fame following her performance in Vikramarkudu which became her first commercial success. She made her debut in Tamil cinema with Rendu. After starring in a series of high-budget productions alongside leading Telugu actors, she went on to become one of Telugu cinema's leading actresses in the successive years, while receiving high critical acclaim for her portrayal of the titular character in Arundhati, and as Saroja in Vedam, which fetched her two Filmfare, one Nandi and two CineMAA Awards. In 2010, Shetty also achieved success in Tamil cinema; with the action-masala flick Singam, which became a box office hit while her performances in Vaanam and Deiva Thirumagal has won her critical praise. Her most recent films Mirchi is a sensational success in Tollywood and Singam II, a sequel to Singam has become her biggest commercial success.

John Abraham

Actor

John Abraham is an Indian film actor, producer and former model. After modelling for numerous advertisements and companies, Abraham made his film debut with Jism, which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom. He received two Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and in Zinda. He later appeared in the major critical success Water. He was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Baabul. In 2012, he produced his first film Vicky Donor, which was a critical and commercial success, and earned him a National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. He then established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment. His second movie as a Producer and actor is Madras Cafe. The film garnered fantastic critical acclaim. The box office collections have seen an upward trend after the terrific word of mouth. His athletic, muscular and well built personality has acquired him the status of being one of the most handsome and influential sex symbols in Bollywood.

Farhan Akhtar

Actor

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer, lyricist and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the film industry. After completing his schooling in Maneckji Cooper school, he pursued a commerce degree in HR College, Mumbai, before dropping out, and beginning his career in films by working as an assistant director in Lamhe and Himalay Putra. Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai and received critical acclaim for portraying modern youth. The film also won a National award. Following it, he made Lakshya and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride and Prejudice, for which he wrote the lyrics. He went on to make the immensely successful Don, though failing to receive critical acclaim for it. He directed a short-film titled Positive to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS. He started his acting career with Rock on!!, for which he won a second National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi as producer, and indulged in further experimentation before he acted in, produced and wrote the dialogues for the critical and commercial success Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which also won two National awards. In the same year, he directed a sequel to Don titled Don 2, which remains as his highest-grossing film till date. He played Milkha Singh in the 2013 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The film gathered a highly positive response from critics, and performed exceptionally well at the box office worldwide, eventually catapulting him into the Bollywood 100 Crore Club.

Rituparno Ghosh

Film Director

Rituparno Ghosh was an Indian Bengali film director. After pursuing a degree in economics he started his career as a creative artist at an advertising agency. In 1992, his debut film Hirer Angti released. In 1994 his next film Unishe April released which won National Film Award for Best Feature Film. Rituparno's unreleased Bengali movie named Taak Jhaank will be honoured and will release on the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival. Ghosh was a self-professed Satyajit Ray fan and inspired other filmmakers like Mithaq Kazimi who adapted Ghosh's film Raincoat in English. In his career spanning almost two decades he won 12 national and many international awards. Ghosh died on 30 May 2013 in Kolkata after a heart attack.

Shilpa Shetty

Actor

Shilpa Shetty is an Indian film actress and model. Since making her debut in the film Baazigar, she has appeared in nearly 40 Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films, her first leading role being in the 1994 film Aag. Her performances in Dhadkan and Rishtey were appreciated, while her portrayal of an AIDS patient in Phir Milenge won her many accolades. Her younger sister Shamita Shetty is also a Bollywood film actress. After taking part in the British Celebrity Big Brother 5 TV show in 2007, Shetty was crowned the winner with 63% of the final vote, after an international racism controversy involving her and fellow contestants Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd. This was followed by a re-establishment of her status in the film industry in 2007 when she appeared in two successive movies, Life in a... Metro and Apne, with her performance in the former drawing positive reviews.

Govinda

Actor

Govinda is an Indian actor and a former politician. Govinda has received five Filmfare Award nominations and four Zee Cine Award, winning two Filmfare Awards including a Special Jury Award. Making his debut in Ilzaam in 1986, he has appeared in over 120 Hindi films of the Bollywood industry. In June 1999, Govinda was voted as the tenth greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years by BBC News Online users. His earlier films in the 1980s were in a variety of genres such as family drama, action and romantic. In the 1990s he gained recognition as a comedy actor playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the romantic movie Shola Aur Shabnam opposite the late Divya Bharti. He played leading roles in several commercially successful comedy films in the 1990s such as Aankhen, Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1, Hero No. 1 and Haseena Maan Jayegi. For Coolie No. 1, he earned a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. For Haseena Maan Jayegi he earned the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He has successfully played dual roles in movies like Jaan Se Pyaara, Aankhen, Hathkadi and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.

Adi Shankara

Philosopher

Adi Shankara – also known as Shankaracharya and Shankara Bhagavatpada, spelled variously as Sankaracharya, Śaṅkarācārya, Ādi Śaṅkarācāri, Śaṅkara Bhagavatpāda, Śaṅkara Bhagavatpādācārya – was a Hindu philosopher from Kaladi in present day Ernakulam district, Kerala, India who consolidated the doctrine of advaita vedānta. His works in Sanskrit establish the doctrine of advaita, the unity of the ātman and nirguna brahman, brahman without attributes. His works elaborate on ideas found in the Upanishads. He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon in support of his thesis. The main opponent in his work is the Mimamsa school of thought, though he also offers arguments against the views of some other schools like Samkhya and certain schools of Buddhism. Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mimamsa school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. He is reputed to have founded four mathas, which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta of which he is known as the greatest revivalist. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organiser of the Dashanami monastic order and the founder of the Shanmata tradition of worship.

Sathya Sai Baba

Organization leader

Śri Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, who was also considered by his followers to be an avatar, spiritual saint and miracle worker, and who died in 1918. The reputed materialisations of vibhuti and other small objects such as rings, necklaces, and watches by Sathya Sai Baba along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation, and alleged omnipotence and omniscience were a source of both fame and controversy; devotees considered them signs of divinity, while sceptics viewed them as simple conjuring tricks. He further faced accusations over the years of sexual abuse and fraud—charges he denied as smear campaigns. The Sathya Sai Organisation, founded by Sathya Sai Baba "to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement" has over 1,200 Sathya Sai Centers in 126 countries. Through this organisation, Sathya Sai Baba established a network of free hospitals, clinics, drinking water projects and schools.

Chiranjeevi

Actor

Chiranjeevi is an Indian film actor, producer, politician and a member of the Indian National Congress. He is the Minister of State with independent charge for the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Prior to politics, Chiranjeevi had worked primarily in Telugu cinema, including Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films. He made his acting debut in 1978, in the film Punadhirallu. However, Pranam Khareedu was released earlier at the box office. Owing to his box-office appeal, the popular entertainment magazines Filmfare and India Today quoted him "Bigger than Bachchan", a reference to Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan. In 1987, he became the first south Indian actor to be invited to attend the 59th Academy Awards ceremony. News magazine The Week hailed him as "The new money machine". Gharana Mogudu was the first Telugu film to gross over 10 crore at the box office. The film made Chiranjeevi the highest paid actor in India at the time, catapulting him to hit the cover pages of noted national weekly magazines in India. He was paid a remuneration of 1.25 crores for the 1992 film Aapad Bandhavudu. In 2002, Chiranjeevi was given the Samman Award for the Highest Income Tax Payer for the assessment year 1999-2000 by the Minister of State for Finance, Government of India.

Shruti Haasan

Actor

Shruti Rajalakshmi Haasan is an Indian actress, singer and music composer who works in the South Indian film industry and Bollywood. Her parents are noted actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika. As a child artist, she sang in films and appeared in a guest role, before making her adult acting debut in the 2009 action drama, Luck. She later went on to win critical acclaim for her role in the Walt Disney fantasy film, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, Oh My Friend and 7aam Arivu. In 2012, she starred in Gabbar Singh, Telugu remake of Dabangg which also was her first hit as an actress. She has also continued her stint in music through work as a singer in Indian languages, a career in music direction beginning with her father's production Unnaipol Oruvan and her own music band and album.

Madhubala

Actor

Madhubala, born Mumtaz Jahan Dehlavi, was an Indian Bollywood actress who appeared in classic films such as Mahal, Mr. & Mrs. '55, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mughal-e-Azam.Famously known as the Venus queen of Indian cinema she was active between 1949 and 1960, after which illness shortened her career. With her contemporaries Nargis and Meena Kumari she is regarded as one of the influential Hindi movie actresses.

Amrish Puri

Actor

Amrish Puri was a leading theatre and film actor from India, who was a key player in the Indian theatre movement that picked up steam in the 1960s. He worked with notable playwrights of the time, such as Satyadev Dubey and Girish Karnad. However, he is primarily remembered for essaying iconic negative roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is the most remembered for his role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur's Hindi film Mr. India, and to Western audiences he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg's Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Kajal Aggarwal

Actor

Kajal Aggarwal is an Indian actress, who predominantly appears in Telugu and Tamil films. Kajal made her film debut in the 2004 Bollywood film Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na and entered the Telugu film industry through the film Lakshmi Kalyanam. She had her first commercial success with Chandamama and rose to prominence after her performance in Magadheera, which remains her biggest commercial success, and fetched her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress. Following further consecutive successes with Darling, Brindavanam, Mr. Perfect, Businessman, Naayak and Baadshah she established herself as one of the leading actresses in Telugu cinema. She has also acted in Tamil films, Naan Mahaan Alla being her first notable project, but with Maattrraan and Thuppakki, she emerged as a leading actress in Tamil cinema as well. She made a comeback to Bollywood with Singham which was a blockbuster while her next film Special 26 was also declared a box-office success.

Trisha Krishnan

Actor

Trisha Krishnan, known mononymously as Trisha, is an Indian film actress and model, who primarily appears in South Indian cinema, where she has established herself as a leading actress. She was noticed after winning several beauty pageants like the Miss Madras contest, which marked her entry into filmdom. After her first appearance in the 1999 Tamil film Jodi, in a supporting role, she starred in her first lead role in the 2002 film Mounam Pesiyadhe. She later rose to fame starring in the successful films, Saamy and Ghilli in Tamil cinema and Varsham in Telugu cinema, for which she secured her first South Filmfare Best Actress Award before getting the same award 2 more times for her critically acclaimed blockbusters Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2010 film Khatta Meetha opposite Akshay Kumar. She was seen in her career best performances in Abhiyum Naanum and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa for which she won Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine and was nominated for Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award. An ardent animal lover, Trisha has been the Goodwill Ambassador of PETA.

Kavya Madhavan

Actor

Kavya Madhavan is an Indian film actress who works in Malayalam cinema. She made her debut in Pookkalam Varavayi as a child artist. As a heroine Kavya's debut film was Lal Jose's Chandranudikkunna Dikhil while she was in the ninth standard. It was a super hit and from then on there was no looking back. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best actress twice, for her performances in the films Perumazhakkalam and Gaddama.

Anupam Kher

Actor

Anupam Kher is an Indian actor who has appeared in nearly 470 films and 100 plays. Though mainly appearing in Bollywood films, he has had roles in some films from other nations as well most notably the 2013 Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell. He has held the post of Chairman of the Censor Board and National School of Drama in India. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema. Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times, more than any other actor.

Juhi Chawla

Actor

Juhi Chawla is an actress.

Arjun Choudhuri

Man

Arjun Choudhuri is a poet, translator and researcher from Silchar, Assam. He was born in 1984 at Silchar to Arup Choudhuri and Swarnali Choudhuri and even now lives there with his family. Arjun is one of the first English voices to emerge from what is known as Barak Valley, a remote region in the state of Assam with a turbulent history beginning from the time of colonial infiltration in the North eastern region of India. Arjun has written over four volumes of poetry and has collaborated with Ninth Column and Vicky Publishers in Guwahati to produce Bordering Poetry which is perhaps the first anthology of translations of the poetry written originally in Bengali by poets from this region. Arjun's first volume of poetry In the House Next Door was published when he was twenty two, during the time when he was undergoing his post graduate programme in English studies at the Department of English, School of Languages, Assam University. It was published from by the late in 2006. After he completed his post graduate degree with university honours and a merit award for topping the class of his graduation year in 2007, Arjun joined the Department of English at, Silchar as a lecturer. In 2009, Arjun began working on his PhD at the Department of English under the supervision of Dr. Dipankar Purkayastha who is a renowned authority on Romantic literature and African-American studies. Arjun's PhD thesis deals with a selective body of fiction from multi-ethnic American literature and the examination of memory in these narratives.

Partho Gupte

Film Actor

Partho Gupte is an actor.