Kunal Kapoor: the Indian BOND!!
This 6’2’’ long Indian actor, Kunal Kapoor, is best known for his unkempt hair and unshaven look, which makes him a favorite among his fans. Kunal Kapoor has got Greek-God like features, which make quite and unique looking actor. He was born on 18th October , 1975. This good looking Indian actor has acted on stage and was with Motley, a theatre group run by Naseeruddin Shah. Before making into films, Kunal Kapoor has assisted as a director to Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra, in his film ‘Aks’, which had Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Nandita Das and Raveena Tandon. Kunal Kapoor made his debut in the movie directed by the famous painter M.F. Hussain. The name of the movie was ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’ released in 2004. He was paired opposite Tabu.
The movie, which changed the course of Kunal Kapoor’s film career, is ‘Rang De Basanti’ directed by Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra in 2006. It was a multi-starer film including Aamir Khan. The film was a huge grosser of 2006 and it changed the pattern of movies in the film industry. The movie was both critically and commercially successful. The film gave Kunal Kapoor the nomination of ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor’. After ‘RDB’ it is famously called came a number of movies which include ‘Hattrick’, ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’and ‘Aaja Naachle’. He has featured in the advertisement of Thumbs Up and he is also the brand ambassador of Indian Terrain. This movie buff practices Goju-Ryu karate, which is a form of martial arts. Kunal Kapoor has won the Star’s Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero in 2006.
The Demi god: Shahrukh Khan
This 5’8” superstar has been ruling the film industry ever since he stepped in Bollywood. Shahrukh Khan was born in 2nd November, 1965. He has been brought up in Delhi. His father Taj Khan was a freedom activist. He studied in St. Columbus School in New Delhi. His has done graduation in Economics and his majors in Mass Communications from Jamia Miliya Islamia. In the late 80s, Shahrukh started acting in serials of which the most famous was ‘Circus’, this proved to be the path of his success. His debut movie was ‘Deewana’ in 1992 for which he received his first award ‘Filmfare Best Male Debut’. Innumerable hits and countless awards followed afterwards.
The most remarkable films of Shahrukh Khan are ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayange’ under the YashRaj banner,the film was directed by renowned film maker Aditya Chopra, this has proved to be the biggest hit of all times, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, ‘Khabhi Ha Khabhi Na’, ‘Mohabbatein’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and lots of others. His list is endless. Two movies of him were released in 2007 and both of them have proved to be the biggest grosser of the year. A life size replica of this actor is installed in April 2007 in Madame Tussauds in London. He is one of the most popular actors of Bollywood not only in India but also all over the world. He immortalizes every character he plays in movies. He is also a successful producer and has also hosted popular TV shows. Shahrukh Khan is sure to continue ruling Bollywood in the coming years.
Action Superhero: Akshay Kumar
This super-stylish actor from Bollywood is one of the top paid actors. He was born on September 9, 1967. This Indian actor has appeared in almost 80 movies by far. Primarily he made his mark as an action hero of Bollywood but in the recent years he has proved to portrait every role very efficiently. Before coming into Bollywood, Akshay used to work as Chef and he is very good at martial arts. The birth name of Akshay Kumar is Rajiv Om Bhatia. He was a student of Don Bosco School. He has come from a non-film background and despite that fact, he has given some superb performances in the films.
In the recent past, Akshay has evolved as the superstar of Bollywood along with Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. He has won the ‘Filmfare Best Villain Award’ for the movie ‘Ajnabee’(2001). He is one of the most prominent actors of Bollywood. Last year, Akshay had four releases and four of them have proved to be huge hits. His career reached great heights after the movie ‘Hera-Pheri’. In the recent past, Akshay has given the maximum hits. His movies include ‘Khiladi’, ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anadi’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Aitraaz’, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, ‘Garam Masala’, ‘Naamstey London’, ‘Heyy Babyy’, ‘Bhul Bhulaiya’ and lots of others. Akshay Kumar has a huge fan following and he will certainly give more commendable performance in the coming years. With such a deadly physique and a great sense of humor, Akshay Kumar ruled the Bollywood sets last year and will continue to do so, in the days to come.
The girl with poise: Kangana !
Born on 23rd March 2008 in Bhamla , Himachal Pradesh, Kangana Ranaut is the latest to create waves in Bollywood. Kangana Ranuat is an Indian actress who hails from a village called Bhamla. She did her schooling from a school in Shimla. She had studied science and had aspired to become a doctor. Kangana’s father is a businessman whereas her mother is a teacher. She had a passion for acting and has done a number of theatre shows in Delhi. She has an elder sister and a younger brother. Her first on screen appearance was in the movie ‘Gangster’ in 2006, which was directed by the much-acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Basu. The film was produced by Mahesh Bhatt and proved to be a huge hit both commercially and critically. The film also featured Shiney Ahuja and Imraan Hashmi. Kangana was very much appreciated.
For ‘Gangster’ Kangana Ranaut won the mentioned awards : 2006: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer – Female for Gangster 2007: GIFA Best Female Debut Award for Gangster 2007: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for Gangster 2007: ;Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow – Female for Gangster 2007: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut for Gangster 2007: IIFA Star debut for Gangster 2007: AIFA Awards, Best Debut – Female for Gangster 2007: Bollywood Movie Award – Best Female Debut for Gangster. ‘Woh Lamhe’ which was released in 2006 also helped Kangana in winning more praises. In the 2007 movie ‘Life In A…Metro’ Kanagna portrayed the role of a confused girl searching for real love. Kangana Ranaut is a brilliant actress.
The cute Amrita Rao !
One of the cutest looking female actors of Bollywood is Amrita Rao. This Bollywood actress was born on 7th June, 1981 and has remained a successful and popular model. At the beginning of her career, Amrita was a model and has featured in a number of advertisements which include: Cadbury’s Perk and Bru Coffee. These advertisements helped Amrita get offers for films by many filmmakers. The school where Amrita has studied is C.G High School and she took admission in Sophia College for pursuing a degree in psychology. When she was in college, she gave audition for an advertisement for Fairever Face Cream and was chosen amongst 60 other participants. This helped Amrita to become one of the sought after models in India.
It was after completing her education that Amrita Rao went into films. Her debut was ‘Ab Ke Baras’ in 2002 opposite Arya Babbar, the son of the popular yester actor Raj Babbar. This film did not fair well at the box office. In 2003, she appeared opposite the then newcomer Shahid Kapur in the Ken Ghosh directed film ‘Isqh Vishk’ which became a huge hit of the year. Here she portrayed the image of a girl next door. In 2004, Amrita had two releases and both of the films proved to be big hits. One was ‘Main Hoon Na’ which starred Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan ,Sushmita Sen and Suneil Shetty and ‘Maasti’, where she was paired opposite Vivek Oberoi. The hit film ‘Vivah’ (2006) opposite Shahid Kapur gave Amrita Rao loads of appreciation and won her a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.
The graceful Vidya Balan!
Vidya Balan is a graceful Indian actress who was born on January 1, 1978. This is one actress who started her career through music videos, soap, commercials and operas and then landed on doing films because of her talent. Vidya has studied in St. Anthony’s Girls High School in Chembur and has been brought up in Mumbai. She graduated with a degree in sociology from the St. Xaviers’ College, Mumbai. Her father is the Vice President of ETC Channel while her mother is a homemaker. Vidya Balan won the Anandalok Puraskar Best Actress award in Kolkata for this film. She has acted in the famous serial of the mid 90s ‘Hum Paanch’ under the Balaji banner. Her debut movie was a Bengali movie named ‘Bhalo Theko’ in 2003. This film won her critical acclaim.
In 2005, Vidya Balan made her debut in Hindi film with ‘Parineeta’ directed by the famous ad maker Pradeep Sarkar. The film starred popular actors like Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt ,Sabyasachi Chakrovorty. Vidya Balan was very much praised for her performance in the movie and she won her first ‘Filmfare Best Female Debut’ award. She has appeared on plenty of music videos including videos by Euphoria, Subha Mudgal and Pakaj Udhas. The film ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ where Vidya Balan was paired opposite Sanjay Dutt was a huge box office success and her performance was again appreciated by the critics. Her famous movies include: ‘Guru’, ‘Hey Babby’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ and few more. Her film ‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard’ was selected as India’s official entries to the Oscars. Vidya Balan is indeed a versatile female actors in Bollywood and she is here to reach the stars.
Ritesh Deshmukh has a lot of promise!
Ritesh Deshmukh, the son of the Chief Minister of Maharastra, Vilasrao Deshmukh is better known as the upcoming star of Indian films, especially`Bollywood. Ritesh was born in Latur city in Marathwada, Maharastra on December 17, 1978. He has completed his schooling from G.D Somani High School and has graduated from the Kamala Raheja School of Architecture in Mumbai. After completing his education he has worked in the New York City and has also studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’ which was released in 2003 proved to be the debut movie for Ritesh Deshmukh. The film was an average hit at the box office and had Vievek Oberoi, Amrita Rao, Aftab Shivdashani, Ajay Devgan and others in prominent roles.
After the famous comedy film ‘Maasti’ which came in 2004, Ritesh became a known face and helped him to get established as an actor. Ritesh Deshmukh is known for his perfect comic timing. His other successful comedy films are ‘Kyaa Kool Hai Hum’ , “Malamaal Weekly’ and ;Apna Sapna Money Money’. In 2007, Ritesh had two releases; ‘Cash’ which was a multi starrer film, having Zayed Kahn, Diya Mirza, Shamita Shetty, Ahay Devgan and isha Deol in the lead and ‘Heyy Babyy’ which proved to be a highest grosser of 2007. The film also had Fardeen Khan, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan and Boman Irani. He says that his father’s and mother’s support helped him in his decision to join films. In the recent times, Ritesh is considered as one of the best comic actors and also a promising star of Bollywood. A true gem in the making!