Bipasha Basu model turned actress was born in Delhi but grew up in Kolkata where her family is settled. The actress has done films like 'Raaz', 'No Entry' and 'Corporate'. The actress has also acted in a bengali film called 'Shob Choritro Kalponik'.
The man who brought a smile on everyone's face with the 'Barfi!', filmmaker Anurag Basu was born and raised in Bhillai. The director has also made films like 'Gangster', 'Life In A Metro'. His next film is Ranbir Kapoor starrer 'Jagga Jasoos'.
Cousins Ayan Mukerji and Kajol are half bengalis from their father's side. Filmmaker Ayan is actor Deb Mukherjee's son and actres Kajol is actor Shomu Mukherjee's daughter.
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar brought out the hilarious disparities that exist between Punjabis and Bengalis in 'Vicky Donor'. The director was born in Barrackpore, West Bengal.
Bengalis love Mithun Chakraborty. It is almost like devotion. While he is a superstar in Bengali film industry,he has also equally attained star status in Bollywood.
Brothers Ronit and Rohit Roy may have had a rocky start in their career but soon became household names thanks to their TV stint. They both have now made their mark in Bollywood in supporting character roles.
Bimal Roy gave us classic films like 'Bandini', 'Madhumati', 'Do Bigha Zameen'. The filmmaker was born in Suapur, Bangladesh but moved to Calcutta to make a career in films.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee's body of work is enormous. The filmmaker who gave us films like 'Anand', 'Chupke Chupke' and 'Golmaal' began his career teaching maths and science in school before changing his profession completely.
Dibakar Banerjee, a Delhi bong, made people sit up and notice his small budget films like 'Khosla Ka Ghosla', 'Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye' and 'LSD: Love Sex Aur Dhoka'. The director is now working on YRF's ambitious 'Byomkesh Bakshi' starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead.
Sujoy Roy made us laugh with 'Jhankar Beats' and stunned us with 'Kahaani'. The Bengali filmmaker was born in Calcutta and was a journalist before he turned to films. The director made his acting debut in Rituparno Ghosh's film 'Satyanweshi' in 2013.
Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen was born and raised in Delhi. The model-actress is soon going to be making her debut in Bengali films in Srijit Mukherjee's 'Nirbaak'.
The lady with golden voice, Shreya Ghoshal is perhaps the most popular playback singer of present times. The singer was born in Murshidabad in West Bengal before her family shifted to Mumbai.
Ad filmmaker Pradeep Sarcar gave us the beautiful 'Parineeti'. And now the director is readying his forthcoming film 'Mardaani'.
Born to actress Aparna Sen and journalist Mukul Sharma, Konkona Sen Sharma was exposed to films from an young age. A thinking man's favourite actress, Konkona works in Hindi as well as Bengali films.
Born in Jabalpur to journalist Taroon Kumar Bhaduri, Jaya Bachchan made her acting debut in Satyajit Ray's 'Mahanagar' as a teenager. She later made her Bollywood debut in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Guddi'.
Born into the regal Tagore family, Sharmila Tagore was spotted and launched by Satyajit Ray. The actress was known to be ahead of her times as she had posed for a cover of a magazine in a bikini. Along with Rajesh Khanna she ruled the Box Office in the 60s and early 70s.
Hindi cinema's one of the earliest leading hero Ashok Kumar took to acting accidentally on the behest of his boss, filmmaker Himanshu Rai. Fondly known as 'Dadamoni', the actor was one the earlier superstars of Bollywood.
Ashok Kumar's youngest brother Kishore Kumar was a multi talented genius who could sing, compose music, act, direct films and write screenplays.
Born in Burdwan, West Bengal filmmaker Shakti Samanta made films popular films like 'Araadhana', 'Kati Patang', 'Amaanush' among others. His films in the 60s, mostly featured Rajesh Khanna and were blockbusters.
We love Bappi Lahiri, don't we. The man knows how to keep pace with changing times and adapts himself to it brilliantly. The composer-singer to a family of singers in Kolkata.
From Bollywood's first on screen pair of Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani to the recent crop of directors like Shoojit Sircar and Sujoy Ghosh, Bengal has always had a strong presence in the Hindi film industry.
Bong beauty Rani Mukerji is one of the most prominent Bengali faces in Bollywood today. The actress who ruled the last decade has of late become selective about her films and will soon be seen in 'Mardaani'.