Mahesh Bhatt has earned critical acclaim and huge appreciation for films like Arth, Saaransh, Janam, Naam, Sadak and Zakhm. Having directed films for years, Mahesh is all set to make his Bollywood debut as an actor too. His second wife Soni Razdan, daughters Alia Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt and son Rahul Bhatt have also earned appreciation for their contribution to Bollywood and Indian TV.
Priyanka Chopra continues to expand her fan base, courtesy her acting skills and singing ability. Following in the footsteps of Priyanka are her cousins Meera, Parineeti, and her brother Sahaj Chopra.
Sunil Dutt was born as Balraj Dutt, into a Punjabi family in West Punjab (now in Pakistan). Besides being a striking actor, he also took up production and direction. He was also appointed as the cabinet minister for Youth Affairs and Sports. In 1984 he joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to Indian Parliament for five terms from the constituency of Mumbai North West.
Kirron Kher was brought up in a Sikh family in Chandigarh. Kirron, who made her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film Aasra Pyar Da, is one of the most powerful actors in Bollywood. The actor-turned-politician will be remembered for 'Devdas', 'Khamosh Pani', 'Singh Is Kinng' and 'Om Shanti Om'.
Noted Bollywood actor turned politician Raj Babbar has done several Hindi and Punjabi films. His wife Nadira Zaheer, is a noted theatre personality. His children Arya Babbar, Juhi Babbar and Prateik Babbar have also tried their luck in Bollywood.
If Rajesh Khanna wooed female fans during 80s, his son-in-law Akshay Kumar is wowing everyone with his comic timing and action sequences. Rajesh's daughters Rinkie and Twinkle Khanna were also seen in Bollywood films.
Prem Chopra was born to a Punjabi Hindu family in Lahore. Whether it was first film 'Hum Hindustani' or the latest 'Dhoom 3', Prem has been a hit with the cinegoers. He will always be remembered for his negative roles, comic timing and one-liners.
Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, known as Hindi cinema's 'king of romance', is still remembered for making some of Bollywood's most romantic dramas and making chiffon sarees and the Swiss Alps a hit with the movie goers. His eldest son Aditya Chopra made his debut as a director with 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995), and actor son Uday Chopra takes care of the production house.
Dharmendra is so synonymous with entertainment, romance and action. In over 50 years that he has spent in Bollywood, he has been loved, admired and appreciated by his fans. He was born in a Jat Sikh family in Punjab. His ancestral village is Dangon near Pakhowal, Ludhiana. His children Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Isha Deol have also been part of the Indian showbiz industry.
Yash Johar began his career in Bollywood back in 1952 with Sunil Dutt's production house Ajanta Arts. He also helped filmmaker Dev Anand and worked on the production of his film Guide, which set the cash registers ringing at the box office. After working for years as a production controller, Yash launched Dharma Productions in 1976. In 1980, the banner produced the hit Dostana, which was directed by Raj Khosla. Yash's son Karan continues to make his family proud with his films.
While many feel Yo Yo Honey Singh's tracks are insulting and offensive, it is a fact that he has seen a phenomenal rise in the last two years for his foot-tapping and entertaining songs. Such is the impact of his music that even the most popular stars and filmmakers bank on him for the film's success.
Agreed, Raj Kapoor's family is referred to as the first family of Bollywood, but producer Surinder Kapoor's family also the Kapoors has also managed to leave an impact on cine-goers. Like actor father Anil Kapoor, and uncle Sanjay Kapoor daughter Sonam has also managed to carve a niche for herself in the showbiz industry. While Sonam's sister is a producer and a stylist, her younger brother Harshvardhan is all set to make Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Mirza Sahib' and cousin Jhanvi Kapoor is already grabbing everyone's attention for her good looks and much awaited Bollywood debut.
Chandigarh-born Ayushmann Khurrana kicked off his career in the showbiz industry as an Indian television anchor, and went on to become a popular film actor and singer. In 2012, Khurrana made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's 'Vicky Donor'.
Singer Mika Singh has proved his versatility as a singer, and is now turning actor and producer with 'Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya!'.
[caption id="attachment_941916"]<img class="size-full wp-image-941916" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kareenaranbirkapoore316.jpg" alt="Whether it is acting, music, singing, production or direction, Punjabis have been both impressive and successful. Take a look at the most prominent Punjabis in Bollywood.
The Kapoors, the first family of Bollywood, have entertained movie buffs for eight decades. The four generations of the Kapoors - Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj, Shammi and Shashi, Randhir-Rishi, and Karisma, Kareena, and Ranbir have proved their acting prowess with the varied roles they have taken up in films. Interestingly, Shashi's daughter Sanjana has run Prthivi Theatre, Geeta Bali, Jennifer Kendal, Babita and Neetu Singh have also been into acting. The fourth generation - Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor continue to win plaudits for experimenting with their roles. " /> Whether it is acting, music, singing, production or direction, Punjabis have been both impressive and successful. Take a look at the most prominent Punjabis in Bollywood.
The Kapoors, the first family of Bollywood, have entertained movie buffs for eight decades. The four generations of the Kapoors - Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj, Shammi and Shashi, Randhir-Rishi, and Karisma, Kareena, and Ranbir have proved their acting prowess with the varied roles they have taken up in films. Interestingly, Shashi's daughter Sanjana has run Prthivi Theatre, Geeta Bali, Jennifer Kendal, Babita and Neetu Singh have also been into acting. The fourth generation - Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor continue to win plaudits for experimenting with their roles. [/caption]