Priyanka Chopra is an Indian film actress and singer who has emerged as one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India. Born in Jamshedpur, a small town in India, to physician parents, she was schooled in different cities across India until the age of 13, when she was sent to the United States. In America, besides academics, she also volunteered for dancing and singing activities, but desired to become an engineer or psychologist rather than a performer. Upon returning to her homeland, she took part in the Femina Miss India contest and was selected to represent India at the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned ˜Miss World 2000'. After winning the beauty pageant, she left her studies midway to join the film industry. Although she started her career with a Tamil film ˜Thamizan' it was not long before she made her debut in Bollywood as the second lead in the 2003 film ˜The Hero'. She was noted for the glamorous role she portrayed in her next film ˜Andaaz' and also earned a Filmfare Award for it. Thereafter, she starred in numerous box-office successes including ˜Aitraaz', ˜Krrish', ˜7 Khoon Maaf', ˜Fashion' and ˜Barfi!'. She has received several awards and much appreciation for her performances in films over the years. Along with acting, she has also made a mark as an international singer with tracks such as ˜In My City' and ˜Exotic.' She is married to American singer-songwriter Nick Jonas.
Shah Rukh Khan is one of the leading stars of the Indian film industry, who has been ruling the Indian cinematic world for decades. Often referred to as the romantic icon of Indian cinema, Shah Rukh has many nicknames such as ˜Badshah of Bollywood', King Khan' and ˜King of Bollywood'. He was a brilliant student and also did well in extra-curricular activities. He followed his dream to become an actor and his passion towards his work established him as one of the most renowned actors across the globe. He has been working hard throughout his career and has never given up. He has been through various upheavals in his life like injuries and criticism, but this only added fuel to his enthusiasm. The talented actor made a fresh start every time he was struck by an obstacle. He has an optimistic attitude towards life and faces all that comes with a firm belief in God. As an actor, he has tasted great successes as well as miserable failures. However, the successes he has registered make his failures seem negligible. He is also a producer and even owns a cricket team which plays in the ˜Indian Premier League', a cricket tournament. He is a family man who, in spite of his busy schedule, finds time to be with his family.
Film producer who became the CEO of India's leading music company after taking over his father's T-Series record label.
Bollywood actor who starred in over 80 Hindi Films and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He set a Bollywood record by appearing in the highest-grossing film of the year on nine separate occasions.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer who became the primary leader of India's independence movement. Better known as Mahatma Gandhi, he not only led India to independence from British rule but also inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world in several other countries. Best remembered for his employment of nonviolent means of civil disobedience, he led Indians in the Dandi Salt March to protest against the British-imposed salt tax and launched the Quit India Movement, a mass protest demanding "an orderly British withdrawal" from India. Born into a religious family in British India, he was raised by parents who emphasized on religious tolerance, simplicity and strong moral values. As a young man he went to England to study law and later started working in South Africa. There he witnessed rampant acts of racism and discrimination which angered him greatly. He spent over two decades in South Africa over the period of which he developed a strong sense of social justice, and led several social campaigns. Upon his return to India he became active in the Indian Independence Movement, ultimately leading his motherland to independence from the British rule. He was also a social activist who campaigned for women's rights, religious tolerance, and reduction of poverty.
Alia Bhatt is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films . Born in Mumbai, she is the daughter of well-known Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and his British-born wife Soni Razdan. Exposed to the show business at a young age, she appeared as a child artist in the movie ˜Sangharsh.' A few years later, she played one of the main roles in the film ˜Student of the Year'. Directed by Karan Johar, the film was a commercial success, and became one of the highest grossing films of the year. Her performance was praised and she earned a Filmfare Award nomination in the ˜Best Female Debut' category. She next appeared in the road drama ˜Highway' where she played the role of a rich girl kidnapped by goons. Her most recent works include the romantic comedy film ˜Badrinath ki Dulhania' and the espionage thriller ˜Raazi.' She had a cameo appearance in the film ˜Welcome to New York'. Also a singer, Bhatt has sung a few songs in her films. In addition to her acting and singing career, she launched her own fashion label for the online retailer Jabong.com.
Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer, counted amongst the top sportsmen in India. Considered to be among the best batsmen in the present era, he also doubles up as an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is known for his dependable and powerful batting style and has single-handedly won several matches for India. Virat became fascinated with cricket quite early on in his life and took to the bat when he was just three. His parents recognized his potential and had him enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine years old. He developed into a very talented player over the ensuing years and represented his city Delhi at various age-group levels and domestic cricket. His first major success came in 2008 when he captained India Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Soon he was selected to play for the Indian team and established himself as a valuable middle order player. After having gained a reputation as an ODI specialist, he has proved his mettle in test cricket as well. Currently, he is the captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs formats. Virat Kohli is married to famous Indian actress Anushka Sharma.
Varun Dhawan is a popular Indian actor, best known for his role in the crime thriller ˜Badlapur.' He is the son of renowned filmmaker David Dhawan who has directed hit films such as 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan' and 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi'. Born in Mumbai, India, Varun began his career as an assistant director in the film 'My Name is Khan'. He made his acting debut playing one of the lead roles in the romantic comedy 'Student of the Year'. The film was a huge commercial success, and it earned Dhawan a Filmfare nomination for Best Male Debut. His popularity increased with his appearance in the film 'Main Tera Hero'. He portrayed a spoilt young guy who relentlessly pursues a girl in his college. The film did well commercially. The following year, he earned a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor for his role in the crime thriller 'Badlapur'. The film can be considered as his best work so far. He was latest seen in the comedy film 'Judwaa 2' where he portrayed a double role. Other than acting, Dhawan has also hosted two award ceremonies. In his career so far, he has won several awards such as the 'International Indian Film Academy Award' for his comic role in the film 'Main Tera Hero'.
Amitabh Bachchan is a famous Indian actor, who started out by starring in Hindi movies, and gradually moved on to act in Malayalam and English movies. With stellar performances in movies like 'Deewar' and 'Zanjeer', he came to be known as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema. He gained so much popularity during his career that famous French director, FranÃ§ois Truffaut, named him a "one-man industry". Not only has he acted in serious action movies, but has also essayed a variety of roles, in comedies and dramas. The actor has displayed immense versatility and a glowing example of the same is his portrayal of a spurned lover, in the movie 'Parwana'. Though he did go through struggling times in his career, the talented actor managed to come back with solid performances in more recent times, with several hit films. He shares the honour of having received three 'National Film Awards', with Tamil and Hindi film actor Kamal Hassan, and Malayalam actor Mammootty. The Government of India has conferred upon him awards like the 'Padma Shri', 'Padma Bhushan' and 'Padma Vibhushan', for his exceptional contribution to world cinema. He is best known for his movies like ˜Sholay', ˜Amar Akbar Anthony', ˜Agneepath', 'Kabhie Kabhie', ˜Silsilay', ˜Muqaddar Ka Sikandar', ˜Lawaris', and ˜Satte Pe Satta'. More recently, he has received accolades for films like ˜Black', Baghban', ˜Sarkar', and ˜Paa'
Kareena Kapoor is an Indian actress best known for her roles in movies like ˜Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham¦,' ˜Chameli,' ˜Omkara,' and ˜Bajrangi Bhaijaan.' One of the Hindi film industry's most popular actresses, she is also counted amongst the highest paid leading ladies in Bollywood. Born to veteran actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, she was exposed to the film industry at a young age. Her elder sister Karisma Kapoor is also a well-known actress. She made her film debut as a 19-year-old in the war film ˜Refugee' which proved to be a moderate success and helped launch her career as an upcoming actress. Despite getting a good start, she struggled for a few years to establish herself following a string of flops. As talented as she is beautiful, the young lady persevered and was able to resurrect her career with her portrayal of a bubbly and charming girl in the romantic comedy ˜Jab We Met.' She has won numerous awards and accolades for her contribution to films, including six Filmfare Awards out of ten nominations as of July 2017. In addition to her acting career, Kareena Kappor is also the co-author of three books, including two nutrition guides. She has her own clothing line in association with the retail chain Globus as well.
Aishwarya Rai, now called Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after her marriage, is an Indian model and actress. She first shot to international fame after winning the Miss World 1994 pageant. After modeling for a few years, she ventured into the film industry as an actress. Through her beauty and acting talent, she has made a respectable position for herself in the Hindi film industry. Holding two Filmfare Awards and also the Padma Shri from the Government of India, she has been named by the Indian and international media as "the most beautiful woman in the world". She entered into the film industry with hardly any acting experience, but with each year of experience, and with the guidance of the seasoned directors, she has emerged as one of the finest actresses of Bollywood. Rai made her movie debut in Mani Ratnam's Tamil film ˜Iruvar,' and after two years she caught the attention of Bollywood with the movie ˜Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'. Although several of her films did not do well commercially and she has been criticized for her performance in some of her movies, she has to her credit brilliant performances in films like ˜Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', ˜Devdas', ˜Jodha Akbar', ˜Chokher Bali', and ˜Raincoat.' She was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Great Khali is the ring name of Dalip Singh Rana, who is an Indian American professional wrestler, actor, and promoter. He is presently affiliated with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). In a career spanning 17 years, he has used several ring names, the most prominent of which is ˜The Great Khali. Coming from a humble background, Rana initially did some odd jobs to make the ends meet before becoming an officer with the ˜Punjab State Police'. He began to workout at the local gym in his leisure time and honed his wrestling skills. He travelled to the US for specialised wrestling training and for better opportunities. With a 2.16 m frame, he soon caught the attention of multiple promotions. He was initially trained by the California-based promotion ˜All Pro Wrestling' (APW) and accumulated further experience by working for the ˜World Championship Wrestling' (WCW) and ˜New Japan Pro-Wrestling' (NJPW). His debut on WWE television came about in 2006, making him the first-ever Indian-born professional wrestler to do so. During his first run with the promotion that lasted till 2014, he wrestled and beat the likes of <a title='The Undertaker' href='/famous/mark-callaway.htm'>The Undertaker</a>, Big Show, and John Cena. In 2017, he made his WWE return on the ˜SmackDown' Pay-per-view event, ˜Battleground'.