[email protected] 5 Bollywood dream merchants

Prachi Bhardwaj, New Delhi: Amidst all glitz, glamour and vanity fair-the legend of Indian cinema goes on, in all its splendour and panache.

The colourful tapestry of Bollywood is woven with threads of dream...dreams of common man, his joys, his struggles, his passions, his woes. Every Indian has found his reflection on the silver screen in flights of fancy and giving a concrete shape to these aspirations and dreams are the characters with whom he empathises. 

In Dilip Kumar's Devdas every lover sees his reflection, an epitome of love.

In Balram Sahini's character of a rickshaw puller each mortal on the earth who is struggling to hard to feed his family sees the echoes of his grief.

In Amitabh Bachchan the angst of youth, who is disgruntled with the system, sees his reflection.

As India celebrates its 70 years of Independence, we at News24 bring you the faces, who own the years and have reflected these multiple emotions of a common man. 

-Dilip Kumar:

Considered as one of the legendary actors of Inian cinema, Dilip Kumar started his career in 1944. He was the first actor to receive the Filmfare Best Actor Award for Daag (1954) and also holds record for winning the most number of Filmfare Awards. Some of Dilip Kumar famous films were Mughal-E-Azam and Naya Daur. 


Born on 12th February, 1920, the Delhi based actor, Pran, was one of the leading actors of Indian cinema. The actor who appeared in roles of hero, villain and also in supporting roles has appeared in over 350 films. Apart from the various awards including Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Awards and "Villain of the Millennium", the actor was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013. Halaku and Zanjeer are soem of Pran's major hits.

-Dev Anand

The actor who was known for his versitality in Indian Cinema is Dev Anand. His 65 years of career span included 114 films, of which he played the main solo lead in 92 films. The actor received various awards for his role in Guide which was also India's official entry to the Oscars. Dev Anand gave outstanding performances in movies like Kala Pani, Jewel Thief and so on. The legendary was also honoured wih Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002. 

-Rajesh Khanna

Officially bestowed with the title 'the First Superstar of Indian Cinema' at the Dadashaeb Phalke Academy Awards, Rajesh Khanna managed to change the definition of 'Stardom'.  Born as Jatin Khanna, the actor started his career in 1966 and was unstoppable. He starred in 15 consecutive solo hit films from 1969-1971 which is still an unbroken record. Rajesh Khanna was one of the highest Indian paid actors from 1980-1987. He appeared in 168 feature films and 12 short films for which he has received various awards. The actor was also honoured with the Padma Bhushan posthumously in 2013. 'Haathi Meri Saathi' and 'Anand' are Rajesh Khanna's major hits.

-Amitabh Bachchan

"Shahenshah of Bollywood" gained popularity in early 1970s  or movies like Zanjeer and Deewar which gave him the title of 'The Angry Young Man'. Amitabh Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. Big B has won numeorus accolades in his career including 4 National Awareds for the Best actor. Apart from Padam Shri (1984), the Padma Bhushan (2001) and the Padma Vibhushan (2015), Bachchan was honoured by the French Government with the highest cicilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2017. The actor has also worked as playback singer, film producer and a TV host. Sholay, Agneepath, Paa are some of his hits.