Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan... All these are popular Pakistani actors who have shown remarkable acting skills (and singing too!) in Bollywood. It was their impressive talent that won them hearts through Bollywood films in no time.
Interestingly, like these Pakistani stars, many known Bollywood actors who are largely known for their contribution to the Indian film industry, have their roots in Pakistan. Yes, while some of them were born in Pakistani states, some have ancestors originating from the padosi country.
Trust me; the list is bound to shock you. Come, let's have a look:
Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and all the other members of the Kapoor family are Pakistani by heritage. The first Kapoor who entered the film industry, Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in Lyallpur, a municipal administration area in Faisalabad city, Pakistan in 1906.
Called the 'Badshah of Bollywood,' 'King of Bollywood,' and 'King Khan,' Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most successful film stars in the world.
He was born in a Muslim family in New Delhi. His father, Taj Mohammed Khan, though, was an Indian independence activist in Peshawar. Even his paternal grandfather, Jan Muhammad was an ethnic Pathan from Afghanistan.
Call it comedy, drama or a gangster look, Sanjay Dutt aka Deadly Dutt is amongst the most versatile actors of Bollywood. Sanjay Dutt's parents, Sunil Dutt and Nargis, both have their roots in Pakistan.
If we talk about versatility in Bollywood, how can we miss Hrithik Roshan? Hrithik was born in Mumbai but his paternal grandfather, also a well-known music director, was born in Gujranwala, Punjab. Whereas, his maternal grandfather, J Om Prakash, was born in Sialkot, Punjab.
Born as Sampooran Singh Kalra in Jhelum District in British India (now in Pakistan), Gulzar is known by his pen name. After partition, Gulzar's family moved to India. He is a famous Indian poet, lyricist, and film director.
He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2004, the third-highest civilian award in India, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which are the highest awards in Indian cinema for his hard work and contributions to Indian society.
Famous film actor, comedian and former politician, Govinda was born to former actor Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer-actress Nirmala Devi. Also known by his pet name 'Chi Chi,' meaning 'little finger' in Punjabi, Govinda has given many blockbuster films to Bollywood.
You will be amazed to know that Govinda's father, Arun Kumar Ahuja, was born to a Punjabi family in pre-partition Gujranwala, Punjab.
Dilip Kumar was born and christened as Mohammad Yusuf Khan to Ayesha Begum and Lala Ghulam Sarwar Ali Khan in the area of Qissa Khawani Bazaar of Peshawar, Pakistan. Also known as the Tragedy King, he is acknowledged as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.
The Angry Young Man of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema and world cinema, as well.
According to Tribune, Big B's mother, Teji Suri Harivansh Rai Srivastava Bachchan, was from in a Punjabi Khatri Sikh family from Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. She gave birth to Amitabh in Allahabad.
One of the most beautiful and the top actresses of the sixties, a time when Bollywood was in its Golden Era, Sadhana Shivdasani aka Sadhana, was the highest paid actress of her time.
Sadhana was born in a Sindhi family in Karachi. A surprising fact about her name mentioned by ARY News is that she was named after her father's favorite actress-dancer Sadhana Bose.
Fondly remembered for his comic roles in An Evening in Paris and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Rajendra Nath Malhotra was a Nepalese, Hindi and Punjabi comedian actor. His family was from Karimpura, Peshawar but settled in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. He died on 13 February 2008 from cardiac arrest.
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