100 Years Of Indian Cinema:The Greatest Indian Actor Ever?

100 Years Of Indian Cinema:The Greatest Indian Actor Ever? 0
100 Years Of Indian Cinema:The Greatest Indian Actor Ever? 0

On 3rd May,1913-a century ago-the first Indian film:Raja Harishchandra opened it's doors to the audience giving an upstart to an era of glory,glitz and greatness and an obsession with our stars from time immemorial. As Indian Cinema completes a glorious century of entertaining billions today let us look at the actors and actresses across the country whom we've admired not only for their disarming hysterics but also box-office appeal,good looks,nationwide appeal.First a look at the several Indian actors who made an impression on Indian Cinema.As per a poll by CNN-IBN,kate Telegu giant NTR was adjuged the greatest Indian actor of 100 years.Who do you reckon out of these giants is the best?

N.T. RAMA RAO:

NTR, as he was fondly known, was a giant of Telugu cinema famous for playing mythological characters, including Krishna and Rama. Later in his career, he switched from playing deities to the common man fighting the system. NTR became one of the most successful crossovers from movies to politics. He founded the Telugu Desam Party and served as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms. He died of a massive heart attack in 1996.

DILIP KUMAR:

The first man to get a Filmfare Award for acting,Dilip Kumar was a splendidly naturalistic hero, one of the first mainstream actors to eschew theatricality in favour of a more understated approach. And yet, perhaps because of this very approach, few could ever do high drama quite like Dilipsa'ab.Appearing in many of Bollywood's landmark films, including Mughal-e-Azam, Naya Daur, Ganga-Jamuna, Madhumati, Devdas and Ram Aur Shyam and is cited as the favourite of countless future greats-from Amitabh Bachchan to SRK.

AMITABH BACHCHAN:

Forty years and counting. The Big B is a legend without parallel in Indian or World cinema, a man who has been ruling the industry for an unfathomably long time.Best known for playing the Angry Young Man through the 1970s when audiences thirsted for a fighter, Bachchan evolved over the years into an actor who can do anything at all: from his “angry young man” in Zanjeer, Deewar,Sholay and Agneepath, through the romantic and comedic hero of Silsila,Kabhi Kabhie,Namak Halaal & Amar Akbar Anthony. Undeniably the “Poster Boy Of Indian Cinema”.

KAMAL HAASAN:

If ever there was a one-man industry, Kamal Haasan is it. Actor, director, screenwriter, producer and choreopgrapher, there is nothing that he can't do. A highly respected actor, Kamal is unquestionably a living legend, one who has stretched himself beyond the points of fathomable versatility. Perhaps most applauded for his performance in Mani Rathnam's Nayagan, Haasan is a rigid method actor who breathes the air his characters do.The truly impressive thing, however, is his refusal to be pigeonholed into any one 'kind' of cinema.

RAJ KAPOOR:

The Showman of Bollywood took the Kapoor clan from a travelling theatre group to the first family of the screen. Cinema's lovable tramp, Kapoor gamely put himself through the popular poor-man prism to entertain audiences by giving them just what they most longed for. Brimming with an almost unbearable optimism, Kapoor's screen persona smiled at the hardest of times, showering simple, sheer pleasure on grateful audiences hungering for escape.He and his films were adored in the USSR, China and Middle East, creating a diplomatic channel for India.

UTTAM KUMAR:

Literature-loving Bengal embraced the movies with abandon, and never more so when Uttam Kumar romanced Suchitra Sen in black-and-white. He ushered in a new Bengali hero – urbane, sophisticated and charming dominating Bengali cinema for three decades.A veritable one-man industry, Uttam Kumar was the first ever recipient of the National Award for Best Actor, winning the prize for his performances in Anthony Firinghee and Satyajit Ray's Chiriyakhana. He died of a heart attack in 1980 and Kolkata came to a standstill as the funeral procession would it's way to the crematorium, with fans thronging the streets for a last look at their hero.

SIVAGI GANESHAN:

In the Tamil lexicon, Sivaji Ganesan is legendary. The first ever Indian star to win a Best Actor award at an international film festival, Sivaji Ganesan is cited by many South Indian actors as their biggest influence. He played a variety of roles, from villain to hero, and was beloved for his portrayal of mythological characters. Many of his films were remade in other languages.Sivaji Ganesan also had a surprisingly unsuccessful stint in politics, serving with the Congress and Janata Dal. He died in 2001 after having suffered from heart illness for years.

RAJESH KHANNA:

The term “superstar” was coined for Rajesh Khanna, who inspired fan frenzy and hysteria of unprecedented proportions. Film lore says that the mere sight of him caused women to faint, he was sent letters written in blood, and his driver had to clean lipstick marks off his car everyday. Rajesh Khanna was beloved not just for his hairstyle, distinctive kurta and sideways nod, but also for memorable screen characters like the eponymous Anand, from who he took a cue and left a prerecorded farewell message to be played after his death.

RAJNIKANTH:

Google ”Rajnikanth jokes” and you’ll find out how Rajni spins the world like a basketball or how he’s the only one who can count to infinity.Asia's second highest paid actor after Jackie Chan,he might be the country's most revered Superstar, but very early in his career did Rajnikanth decide to go incredibly mainstream, embracing a larger-than-life persona that mythically overshadowed his impressive thespian abilities. Rajinikanth has not died on-screen for several years now because producers fear that his character's death would send fans on a rampage.

BALRAJ SAHNI:

Film experts often discuss with surprise and wonder the fact that an actor of Balraj Sahni's caliber never received a single award. A disarmingly natural actor with a sophisticated style that naturally veered away from showiness, Sahni was an excellent foil for the NeoRealist filmmakers in India.Several of his performances are acting masterclasses, but he will perhaps be remembered most for his role in Garam Hawa, where he played a defiant Muslim man refusing to leave India during the partition.

M.G.RAMACHANDRAN:

MGR, an actor-politician like Telugu counterpart NTR, was the heartthrob of Tamil cinema, appearing in a string of blockbuster romance and action films. MGR won the National Award for Rickshawkaran and broke box office records with Ulagam Sutrum Vaalibhan, one of the early films to be shot abroad. MGR founded the AIADMK and served three terms as chief minister of Tamil Nadu which was short lived as he was shot in the ear by actor-politician M R Radha. MGR died of a kidney illness in 1987.

PANKAJ KAPUR:

Without question one of the finest actors ever seen on our screens, Kapur possesses the chameleonic ability to completely immerse himself into his characters.Be it the hopeless junkie from Khamosh, the exasperated tongue-flicker of Ek Ruka Huya Faisla, the sinister mafia head in Maqbool or the despicably corrupt builder from Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: the result is always stunning.

UTPAL DUTT:

A tour de force in the modern Indian theatre movement, Utpal Dutt straddled the world of Bengali cinema and Bollywood with ease. He made the character actor respectable in films like in Gol Mal, Rang Birangi and Naram Garam. Satyajit Ray cast him in several movies including Agantuk, Jana Aranya and Hirak Rajar Deshe. In Mrinal Sen's landmark Bhuvan Shome his performance of an uncompromising civil servant who takes a holiday that transforms him and his world view fetched him a National Award.

DR.RAJKUMAR:

Unlike most other South Indian stars, he never appeared in films in any other language but Kannada, though some of him movie were dubbed into Telugu. Dr Rajkumar began acting at the age of eight and starred in over 220 films. Winner of two National Film awards for Best Actor, his popularity was unmatched while he was active in movies.Although he did not opt for a political career,he is credited with promoting and protecting the Kannada language.

NASEERUDDIN SHAH:

A pioneer actor from the parallel cinema movement, Naseeruddin Shah's impact on Indian pop culture has been immense. The first true star of independent Hindi cinema, Naseer was one of the few actors who, thanks to his dashing charm, flourished on both sides of the fence, finding both arthouse as well as masala success. Few heroes can manage a Tirchhi Topiwale alongside a Mirch Masala, but Shah remains every director's dream actor.

MOHANLAL:

Like Rajinikanth, Malayalam titan Mohanlal started his tryst with destiny as a villain. 25 films later, he switched to playing the hero and also forged a hit partnership with director Priyadarshan. He has since played a variety of roles ranging from romantic to tragic, comic to dramatic while also making successful inroads into Tamil and Hindi cinema winning three National Awards for Best Actor, including a Special Jury award.

ASHOK KUMAR:

When it comes to sheer versatility and the ability to portray characters as different as chalk and cheese then Ashok Kumar’s resume-that stretching over six decades and 305 films,ranging from a grandfather to a suave criminal to a dirty old man-would be hard to beat.After all he’s the most recognised star from India’s silent film and immediate post-indepedence era.

MAMMOOTTY:

Three-time National Award winner Mammootty is a matinee idol in Kerala, star of hit films like Athirathram and Oru CBI Diary Kurippu. A frequent collaborator of director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mammootty has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films.With Mohanlal, Mammootty makes up the top echelon of Malayalam movies. He is also beloved in Kerala for his involvement in philanthropic projects.

SANJEEV KUMAR:

It's impossible to narrow down this terrific actor's most memorable performance, and for sheer awesomeness we can just look at two ends of the Sanjeev Kumar spectrum: Sholay, where he played a dramatically helpless hero, making up for lack of limbs with spectacular grit; and Angoor, where he delivered one of the most effortlessly perfect comedic performances of all time.

CHIRANGJEEVI:

In keeping with the tradition of Rajinikanth and Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi started out as an anti-hero. His stylized performances gradually earned him not just the lead roles but also superstardom. By the mid-Eighties he churned out blockbuster after blockbuster & was hailed as the man who put act into action also appearing in Bollywood films.

DEV ANAND:

"When you are at an impressionable age you make idols. But when you grow out of the phase, you develop your own persona. I don't want to be known as India's Gregory Peck, I am Dev Anand",said Dev of his comparison to Gregory Peck. Indeed when you’re Dev Anand,the coiffed hair,the deer-stalker hat,the uber-cool collars and never-say-die attitude is enough to have fans swooning left,right and centre.With a career spanning over 65 years and 114 films,the forever young Devsaab continued to rule the hearts of the audience from films like Jewel Thief,Guide,C.I.D.,Kala Pani in the 60s to his death two years back.

SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE:

Recently awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award,Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee is a living legend in his own terms known among other things for his frequent collaborations with the great Bengali film director Satyajit Ray and his constant comparison with the Bengali screen idol Uttam Kumar.

DHARMENDRA:

Bollywood actors were never quite known to be lookers,leaving that part to the pretty ladies to fulfil.When the lean and mean Dharmendra burst into screen with his chiselled face and alpha male personality,it had all the women in the audience quivering with delight at the arrival of Indian Cinema’s definitive He-Man.Also considered to be one of Bollywood’s most commercially successful stars,Garam Dharam’s illustrious career has spanned over decades including Sholay.

AAMIR KHAN:

The fresh-faced teen idol of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak proved he was not going to be an average superstar with his second film.Known for his willingness to experiment and his dedication to detail, Aamir has played against type his whole life, graduating from chocolate boy roles in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander to dramatic successes in Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai and Rang De Basanti while making an acclaimed debut as director with Taare Zameen Par & starring in Bollywood's top-grossing film 3 Idiots.Just named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, Aamir has proved over and over again that following convention is not what this Khan does.

SHAH RUKH KHAN:

According to a global survey 2.7 billion people know Tom Cruise while 3.2 billion know Shah Rukh Khan,making SRK the biggest movie star in the world today. From the proverbial outsider to a reigning superstar, Shah Rukh Khans enjoyed uninterrupted success for the greatest chunk of his career.And while the critical jury may be polarized regarding his acting skills, clearly King Khan makes enough of an impression on the audience-from playing the loverboy in DDLJ to an anti-hero in Darr and a hockey coach in Chak De!-to still remain etched in the public consciousness for more than two decades.

So who do you think is the greatest Indian actor of all times?


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Shahrukh khan.kkkkkkkking of all.

  • 2 weeks ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Only Shah Rukh Khan

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Namma Raj Kumar annovre world best actor, World Super Star

  • 2 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    mgr,sivaji ganeshan,dileep kumar,amitabh bachan are not stand infront of ntr. i e ntr

  • 3 months ago
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    Mammootty, kamal Hasan, Mohan lal, aamir Khan, nasarudeen shah, Amitabh bachan, sharukh Khan......

  • 3 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Please search in google... U can see the name 'prem nazeer'. He made lots of records in world cinema. He is also an indian actor. He ruled south indian films for so many years....

  • 3 months ago
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    KING IS KING NO ONE CAN BEAT HIM SRK LOVE YOU

  • 3 months ago
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    one and only ShahRukh Khan <3

  • 3 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    SRK SRK SRK

  • 3 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    SHAHRUKH KHAN

  • 3 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Aamir Khan ..

  • 3 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    1.Sivaji Ganeshan 2.Kamalhassan othersfollow them

  • 4 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Really, Everyone should follow nadigar thilagam only

  • 4 months ago
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    were is sahasa simha
    Dr Vishnuvardan

  • 4 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    VIJAY IS A BEST ACTOR IN KOLY WOOD BOX

  • 4 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Vishnu Sir who have acted in 5 indian languages is missing

  • 5 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Dr.Vishnuvardhan Should have been included in this list....

  • 5 months ago
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    King Khan.....

  • 5 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    as always...aamir khan is best was best and will always be! he is Bollywood's one of the best actors

  • 5 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    what about great ANR

  • 5 months ago
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    Dr rajkumar (annavru) ,vishnu dada, shankarnag, legendary Indian actress.

  • 5 months ago
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    i am also kannadiga i watched all the movies of vishnu vardhan and raj kumar....they are good but they are not natural as mohanlal or mammootty....both lal and mammotty are greatest actors....

  • 5 months ago
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    You certainly haven't watched them...Some of Raj Kumar's acting were out of this world! Versatility.

  • 2 months ago
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    Amitabh Bachchan is the greatest. He ruled box office, he had hits and critically acclaimed films in every genre, he ruled on TV, he made Indian films popular abroad by starting trend of doing concerts and stage shows, his films were popular in UK, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Africa, Soviet Union, Latin America, middle east countries. He has won 4 National Awards for best actor. And won all polls and awards for Greatest actor of the millennium, including BBC. He gave hits and great performance even after 60.
    Ashok Kumar is India's first superstar and gave classics and hits. He gave first all time block buster in history of Indian cinema. He was highest paid actor and called Golden Boy. He was success in character roles and TV also.

  • 5 months ago
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    How can u forget vishnuvardhan dada of kannada cinema and dr.rajkumar is tremondous nd no1actor in indian cinema.

  • 5 months ago
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    jiska naam Nahi hai...
    Sallu....
    Mr Salman Khan

  • 5 months ago
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    nt ramarao and kamal hasan are universal actors.
    mg ramachandran and akkineni nageswara rao are gracious actors.
    sivaji ganeshan is a short goy with full of over action.

  • 5 months ago
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    amitabh bachan is nmbr 1 the rest all after him coz see the link according to BBC poll amitabh bachan is greatest actor of the millinium. amitabh is holding 39 nominations for filmfare award non of any other indian actor near to this figure. his unique style persona voice hight brilliant than any other actor. he is oldest filmfare best lead roll winner at the age of 67. he is now 71 but still doing lead roll and people apreciate his all work til now he is doing. the records and positions what big B is holding there is no any other indian actor can have. and at the end he never says that he is nmbr one like other stars says for them selves SRK. but people says that amitabh bachan is nmbr one bcoz he deserves nmbr 1 position..

  • 6 months ago
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    I dont say vishnu is the greatest but atleast he deserves a place in the list. Rectify this error please. When you can include mamooty and mohanlal you can give place for one more actor from kannada industry. It's not only Dr.Rajkumar represents kannadigas. Girish

  • 7 months ago
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    Kannada Actor vishnuvardhan is the greatest star and actor There is noone like him insterms of popularity. Even Dr.Rajkumar is only a shadow of him.

  • 7 months ago
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    If u forget Vishnu it's totaly unfair & insult to Indian film industries

  • 7 months ago
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    My all time favorite

    Amithab
    Vishnul
    Dilip
    Shivaji
    Kamal
    Mohanlal
    Prakash raj
    Amir khan
    Irfan khan
    Mammoty
    Mohanlal

  • 7 months ago
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    I wonder how there b....s forget Kannada superstar Vishnuvardhan

  • 7 months ago
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    How can these fellas forget Vishnuvardhan Kannada Superstar. They should atleast post a photograph of him. Otherwise they are injustice to the art itself

  • 7 months ago
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    AMITABH SIR, HE IS GOD OF INDIAN CINEMA, AMITABH BACHCHAN SIR JI GREATEST INDIAN ACTOR EVER

  • 8 months ago
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    NTR is god of All Film industries...

  • 8 months ago
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    Srk no.1 always

  • 8 months ago
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    Dr Rajkumar is best his popularity was so high only actor in india whose first film itself won national award.........only actor in india to get national award for singing and acting....the first actor in the indian film industry to get Doctorate for acting so he called Dr Rajkumar......the sucess rate of his movies is 95% highest ever than any other actor in the indian film industry....he acted only in his own language kannada movies over a period of 50 years other than that he didnt went to act in other languages many big directors and producers from other lang wanted him to act in other lang for their movies but the love towards his mother tongue kannada he never excepted even many biggies approached him including bollywood and south industries actors also .....he not did even a single remake movie in his whole career he acted in 215 + films in main lead as hero.....only actor to have around 5000 fans association across the world... first actor to be honored with dada saheb palke award from the above list actors and Only indian and first overseas citizen (apart from prime minister's of UK and Russia) to be honoured with prestigeous award 'kentucky colonel' title by the USA ........only actor in the indian film industry, in whose name the state goverenment is giving an award when he was still alive, every year to a person who has given outstanding contribution to the film industry he is great only thing is he acted only in kannada not in other languages if he has acted in other lang also then there will be good recognisation of him........

  • 8 months ago
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    Mammootty the best indian cenima mega star only mammootty and rajini kamal etc.....

  • 8 months ago
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    Dev anand is the acting star of bollywood.Stylish actor of not indian ,but also world cinema was only Dev anand.Evergreen star..........with real impressions.Then Dilip,Raj,Rajesh and Amitabh.These 5 stars are real acting men of industry.

  • 8 months ago
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    Vishnuvardhan is missing in dis list.

  • 9 months ago
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    shahrookh khan is very best

  • 9 months ago
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    NTR is the best if you seen all his movies. No one can cross his line. That is a historical fact. Every one below was awarded NTR national Award.

  • 9 months ago
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    1.kamal hassan
    2.mohanlal
    3.DILIP KUMAR
    4.NASEERUDDIN SHAH
    5.Amitabh bachan
    6.NTR
    7.Mammoty
    8.Aamir khan
    9.nanapadekkar
    10.sharukhkhan

  • 10 months ago
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    I think Shahrukh Khan should stand in the front as he got the best actor male in the year 2013.And he also has 600 millions.I think he should be in the front .He is the best actor in the world which I think.I love you Shahrukh Khan I love you very very very much

  • 10 months ago
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    NTR is the best for ever,,,,,,,

  • 10 months ago
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    kamal haasan should stand first.....its mentione one man film industry and also he is the one who won most awards in indian cinema...ever...

  • 10 months ago
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    Mohan lal is original no.1 acter in the world .if you any dowout please watch his movies.kamaladhalam. Vanaprastham. Eruvar.thalavattam. Yoda.thanmathraa.etc

  • 10 months ago
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    List is great.
    Still I think that Uttam Kumar should be there in TOP 3.
    and it can be increased from 22 to 25 to acomodate kadar khan,SV Rangarao and amjad khan(Man,these 3 are superb).

  • 11 months ago
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    SV RANGARAO IS BEST

  • 11 months ago
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    Why there is no mention of Hritik Roshan ...? All others are ok but Hritik should have been mentioned.

  • 11 months ago
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    dharmendra is the best ...

  • 11 months ago
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    srk is the best ever

  • 11 months ago
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    Looks like the survey was taken mostly with Telugu people. The most charismatic personality of all Indian actors ever is undoubtedly the one and only MGR. The undisputed emperor of Cine field. The first actor in the world to capture power and rule a state. Never lost the elections in his life. Till death he was the CM of Tamil Nadu consecutively for 3 terms which itself was a record then. The first person to won an election without going for campaigning. The person who won the elections from the hospital bed of Brooklyn, New York. No one ever has had the star power and fan following like MGR and will never have as well.

  • 11 months ago
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    NTR is no.1................If we stop watching tamil and hindi films,they will never get their revenues...Mostly tamil industry is dependent on TELUGU people and TELUGU Industry......but you tamil people dont watch our telugu films because if you guys start watching TELUGU films tamil industry and actors definitely fall down...........We have so many super stars but they are very popular in Kerala,karnataka and northern states but no in Tamil nadu .........bcoz they are language racists ... Shankar copied all telugu films only.......We have superstar chiranjeevi......No one can do face dance like him in INDIA from 1978 to till 2014.........Prabhu deva is his foot.........
    NTR reflected socialist and populist views in several of his policies and provided basic necessities such as home, clothes and food and subsidies on them for people below the poverty line. He was also an advocate of women's rights and worked on a bill to amend inheritance law to provide equal rights for women to inherit ancestral property, enacted in 1986. He introduced many populist schemes such as the Midday Meal Scheme for poor children, rice at INR 2/kg, subsidised electricity and prohibiting the sale of alcohol in the state among others. He started the EAMCET (Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) which allowed students to join a professional college on merit. He was also a champion of social justice and introduced various measures that broke the upper-caste hegemony in various areas. He passed legislations allowing private transport operators to compete with the government-owned APSRTC. He also pioneered the Telugu Ganga project with support from the Government of Tamil Nadu, which provides water from the Krishna river for drinking and irrigation purposes to Rayalaseema and Chennai. He was a fierce advocate of Telugu pride and was instrumental in shifting the Telugu Film Industry from Madras to Hyderabad. The Telugu newspaper Eenadu wholeheartedly supported NTR and the TDP and covered most of NTR's achievements.
    NTR earned a seat for the poor in Andhra Pradesh at the centre via well-thought out political decisions. NTR extended un-qualified support (cleared an MP seat and did not field a TDP candidate) to Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh P. V. Narasimha Rao resulting in the latter winning from the state and entering Parliament for the first time in his long career with a record majority. While the Congress wanted Narasimha Rao to be a powerless un-elected (Rajya Sabha member) yes-man of the Nehru-Gandhi family, NTR actively made sure Narasimha Rao had independent power. This earned Telugu people some influence even when the Congress was in power at the centre. His National Front government at the centre led by V. P. Singh was at the forefront of social justice by implementing the provisions in the Mandal Commission for providing 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC's).

    NTR also campaigned in other states, besides Andhra Pradesh. In 1984, when the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and fellow actor M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) was unable to campaign in the state elections due to his being hospitalised in the USA. NTR, who was a close friend of MGR, campaigned for his party, the 'All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK),[citation needed] despite the fact that that party was an ally of the Congress at the time. As leader of the National Front, he campaigned extensively for the constituent parties when they faced elections, again using his Chaitanya Ratham campaigning concept.[4

  • 2 months ago
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    NTR is no.1................If we stop watching tamil and hindi films,they will never get their revenues...Mostly tamil industry is dependent on TELUGU people and TELUGU Industry......but you tamil people dont watch our telugu films because if you guys start watching TELUGU films tamil industry and actors definitely fall down...........We have so many super stars but they are very popular in Kerala,karnataka and northern states but no in Tamil nadu .........bcoz they are language racists ... Shankar copied all telugu films only.......We have superstar chiranjeevi......No one can do face dance like him in INDIA from 1978 to till 2014.........Prabhu deva is his foot.........
    NTR reflected socialist and populist views in several of his policies and provided basic necessities such as home, clothes and food and subsidies on them for people below the poverty line. He was also an advocate of women's rights and worked on a bill to amend inheritance law to provide equal rights for women to inherit ancestral property, enacted in 1986. He introduced many populist schemes such as the Midday Meal Scheme for poor children, rice at INR 2/kg, subsidised electricity and prohibiting the sale of alcohol in the state among others. He started the EAMCET (Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) which allowed students to join a professional college on merit. He was also a champion of social justice and introduced various measures that broke the upper-caste hegemony in various areas. He passed legislations allowing private transport operators to compete with the government-owned APSRTC. He also pioneered the Telugu Ganga project with support from the Government of Tamil Nadu, which provides water from the Krishna river for drinking and irrigation purposes to Rayalaseema and Chennai. He was a fierce advocate of Telugu pride and was instrumental in shifting the Telugu Film Industry from Madras to Hyderabad. The Telugu newspaper Eenadu wholeheartedly supported NTR and the TDP and covered most of NTR's achievements.
    NTR earned a seat for the poor in Andhra Pradesh at the centre via well-thought out political decisions. NTR extended un-qualified support (cleared an MP seat and did not field a TDP candidate) to Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh P. V. Narasimha Rao resulting in the latter winning from the state and entering Parliament for the first time in his long career with a record majority. While the Congress wanted Narasimha Rao to be a powerless un-elected (Rajya Sabha member) yes-man of the Nehru-Gandhi family, NTR actively made sure Narasimha Rao had independent power. This earned Telugu people some influence even when the Congress was in power at the centre. His National Front government at the centre led by V. P. Singh was at the forefront of social justice by implementing the provisions in the Mandal Commission for providing 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC's).

    NTR also campaigned in other states, besides Andhra Pradesh. In 1984, when the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and fellow actor M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) was unable to campaign in the state elections due to his being hospitalised in the USA. NTR, who was a close friend of MGR, campaigned for his party, the 'All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK),[citation needed] despite the fact that that party was an ally of the Congress at the time. As leader of the National Front, he campaigned extensively for the constituent parties when they faced elections, again using his Chaitanya Ratham campaigning concept.[4

  • 2 months ago
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    as you said,survey mostly taken by telugus.then kamal hasan wont get that 44% of votes also.
    your tamil film industry knows about ntr acting.even rajini accepted that ntr as best actor in india.
    anr,mgr are gracious actors.where as sivaji ganeshan is full of over acting.

  • 3 months ago
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    1.mammooty 2.kamal hasan 3.dileep kumar 4.rajesh khanna 5.amitabh bhachan 6.mohan lal 7.uttam kumar 8.naseerudheen shah 9.raj kapoor 10.rama rao

  • 12 months ago
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    venkatesh from tollywood missing

  • 12 months ago
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    1. Uttam Kumar -- he is much much ahead of the rest .
    2. Amitji
    3. Aamir khan
    4. Nasir ji
    5. Raj Kapoor
    6. NTR
    7. Sanjeeb Kumar
    8. Kamal Hasan
    9. Utpal Dutta
    10. Mammootty

  • 1 year ago
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    DEV ANAND

  • 1 year ago
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    Shahrukh is the best from 1990. "My Name Is Khan" is the sign of greatest talent in bollywood history

  • 1 year ago
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    NTR....if you could ever picture god in your mind...its him you will see for the roles of lord rama or krishna in front of you

  • 1 year ago
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    The person who has made this list does not know anything about " ACTING IN MOVIES " .

    NTR , MGR , SHIVAJI GANESHAN AND DR. RAJKUMAR were loud and lousy theatrical actors .

    RAJ KAPOOR and DEV ANAND imbibed the same mannerisms in all their acting roles , the character of the movie was meaningless ; so are RAJNIKANT , CHIRANJEEVI AND SRK ; all of them are SHOW MEN not ACTORS of great qualities .

    If HAMMING is considered as ACTING then DILIP KUMAR ( like MARLON BRANDO ) is a Great Actor .

    The list would be as follows { considering versatality ( romantic , comedy , negative and character roles ) and NATURAL ACTING in general } , though may not be in strict order :

    1 . UTTAM KUMAR ( the best ACTOR of all times with due respect to ROBERT DE NIRO and AL PACINO )
    2. KAMAL HASSAN
    3. AMITABH BACHCHAN
    4. NASEERUDDIN SHAH
    5. SANJEEV KUMAR
    6. MAMMOOTTY
    7. ASHOK KUMAR
    8. BALRAJ SAHNI
    9. RAJESH KHANNA
    10. AMIR KHAN

  • 1 year ago
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    Rajesh Khanna & Uttam Kumar

  • 1 year ago
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    SV Ranga Rao was one of the all time great actors who could compete with Hollywood actors in 1950's and 60's. Indian Best actor's list should never miss his name.

  • 1 year ago
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    chiranjeevi is the greatest actor in india

  • 1 year ago
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    Dharmendra is the greatest actor/ star in the world, the most successful actor/ star ever. No other actor comes any close to dharmendras success. He rated the no 1 others follow but long long long way back are actors like Rajesh khanna amitabh Bachan dilip kumar, actors like sharukh salman amir are just babies yet.

  • 1 year ago
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    i think u missed an actor from telugu called S.V.Ranga rao.. he brought international fame to the TFI.. as far as telugu cinema is concerned he is the best!!

  • 1 year ago
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    shahrukh khan sabse bad hero hai india ka kyonki ye kabhi bhi indian k favour me nahi bolta kamina

  • 1 year ago
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    u forgot the biggest star of the country...
    i mean salman khaaaan....
    any best actor i think will genuinly b shared by mammootty mohanl and aamir khan

  • 1 year ago
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    where is kannada superstar vishnuvardan he is done 220 movies in 5 languages

  • 1 year ago
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    Dr. Rajkumar sir is the best...

  • 1 year ago
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    Amitabh Bachhan is the best among all

  • 1 year ago
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    ajay is the best actor yar..

  • 1 year ago
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    The King of bollywood srk is my favourite actor, chahe negetive roll ho ya positive roll sabko apni acting dekhne ke liye khiche .uski acting me jese jadu hai uski har dilough me reality he ilove srk

  • 1 year ago
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    This is absolutely perfect list.. i think there is only one name missing in top 10 i.e akkineni Nageswar Rao..apart from that the list is quite right. NTR definately the gr8st actor of all time in Indian Cinema..I am glad that people finally recognised how gr8 an actor he is..Only he can do the mythological stuff along with social movies.

  • 1 year ago
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    SRK is the greatest. amitabh is also but his main life span as a lead actor was shorter than srk , amir, even s-llu, ....SRK , an outsider frm bollywood fraternity ,came out in 1992 after some competitor but swings in da bollywood acting life like a superman in bollywood. won hundreds of awards , & their competitors got sleepless nights.. he has many haters and their hater fans but still he is most popular..so SRK is the best

  • 1 year ago
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    Mohanlal is the best

  • 1 year ago
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    Mohanlal !!! the living legend of INDIAN-Cinema!!

  • 1 year ago
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    Where is nana patekar?

  • 1 year ago
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    Srk for sure. Whether it be acting or popularity or fan base or anything..this man is unstoppablr! No as indian.appeared in.forbes most powerfull men list before (actor), he has got everything. Bbc world's biggest actor & peoplr doubting his acting ability are either fools or jealous. While many are.tryna get into international arena,.SRK is taking Indian cimema to.the world

  • 1 year ago
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    pavan kalyan too

  • 1 year ago
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    srk

  • 1 year ago
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    Biggest movie star in whole world srk

  • 1 year ago
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    Rajesh Khanna was the greatest & best ever.

  • 1 year ago
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    Rajesh Khanna his name is enough

  • 1 year ago
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    Mohanlal is the greatest actor of all time.

  • 1 year ago
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    Dr Rajkumar is best his popularity was so high only actor in india whose first film itself won national award.........only actor in india to get national award for singing and acting....the first actor in the indian film industry to get Doctorate for acting so he called Dr Rajkumar......the sucess rate of his movies is 95% highest ever than any other actor in the indian film industry....he acted only in his own language kannada movies over a period of 50 years other than that he didnt went to act in other languages many big directors and producers from other lang wanted him to act in other lang for their movies but the love towards his mother tongue kannada he never excepted even many biggies approached him including bollywood and south industries actors also .....he not did even a single remake movie in his whole career he acted in 215 + films in main lead as hero.....only actor to have around 5000 fans association across the world... first actor to be honored with dada saheb palke award from the above list actors and Only indian and first overseas citizen (apart from prime minister's of UK and Russia) to be honoured with prestigeous award 'kentucky colonel' title by the USA ........only actor in the indian film industry, in whose name the state goverenment is giving an award when he was still alive, every year to a person who has given outstanding contribution to the film industry he is great only thing is he acted only in kannada not in other languages if he has acted in other lang also then there will be good recognisation of him........

  • 1 year ago
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    hrithik roshan the best...................

  • 1 year ago
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