Bollywood has given rise to some evergreen actors that are still loved today, well past their prime. Their impacts are imprinted into the very heart of the industry. What better way to celebrate these legends than to dive into the lives and works of the 15 oldest living Bollywood actors of today.
1. Dharmendra (87 years old)
Dharmendra is undoubtedly one of the most iconic stars of Bollywood, with a number of hit films to his name. However, his accolades do not end there. He has won multiple awards during his career, including Lifetime Achievement Awards. Additionally, he has also been conferred one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan. Some of his movies include Sholay, Khatron Ke Khiladi, Jugnu, Dharam Veer, etc. His newest acting venture Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani is slated to release in April 2023. He is easily one of the oldest living Bollywood actors whose career is so remarkable.
2. Amitabh Bachchan (80 years old)
One cannot think about Bollywood films without bringing up Amitabh Bachchan at least once. Lovingly called Big B, his career boasts of multiple award-winning films like Anand, Zanjeer, Sholay, etc. He is also famously known for hosting the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, which recently aired its 14th season. He has received three of India’s highest civilian awards, namely, the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan.
3. Parikshit Sahni (79 years old)
Do you recall Farhan Qureshi’s father from the movie 3 Idiots? Or Jaggu’s pitaji from PK? These are some of the incredible roles played by Parikshit Sahni, son of the yesteryear actor Balraj Sahni. He is also known for his roles in TV series like Gul Gulshan Gulfaam, Gaatha, Shararat, etc.
4. Kulbhushan Kharbanda (78 years old)
Kulbhushan Kharbanda began his journey in the theatre, while in college. After gaining expertise in the field, he also ventured into the film industry and is famously known for his role as Shakaal in the movie Shaan. His other acting ventures include the character of Devi Prasad in Hera Pheri, Dixit ji in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, etc.
5. Kabir Bedi (76 years old)
The light-eyed actor has a career worth boasting about, spanning many decades. He has acted in movies, TV shows, and theatre as well, in both positive and negative roles. Italian, Hollywood, Bollywood and regional roles; Mr. Bedi has done it all. He has also been knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 2010.
6. Shatrughan Sinha (76 years old)
Shatrughan Sinha has numerous films to his name, where he has acted in lead and supporting roles over many decades. Some of his movies include Dostana, Ab Kya Hoga, Muqabla, etc. His daughter, Sonakshi Sinha is now a famous actress in Bollywood. He has also been active in politics for many years and even served as Union Minister for many years.
7. Randhir Kapoor (75 years old)
A member of the Kapoor clan, Randhir Kapoor was also inevitably a part of the acting industry for a number of years. He also ventured into the fields of direction and production and was the head of RK studios for a while until it was bought by Godrej Properties. RK studios was his father Raj Kapoor’s creation. His films include Kal Aaj Aur Kal whose star-studded cast included his own father and grandfather, Jawani Diwani, Biwi O Biwi, etc.
8. Aanjjan Srivastav (74 years old)
Aanjjan Srivastav has had an illustrious career in all 3 fields: the film, TV, and theatre industries. His most famous and loved TV series role is that of Srinivas Wagle in Wagle Ki Duniya, which also had appearances by stars like Shah Rukh Khan. He was also a part of the film ‘Mississippi Masala,’ that had a notable ensemble of actors. His other films include Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Gol Maal, Ghulami, etc. He has also served as the Vice-President of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA).
9. Rakesh Roshan (73 years old)
Rakesh Roshan, son of Indian music director Roshan, forayed into the film industry in the 70s, having acted in many hit films. Some of them include Khoon Bhari Maang, Ek Aur Sikander, Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish, etc. Additionally, he has often acted alongside his son Hrithik Roshan, while also directing and producing films. Mr. Roshan is known for naming his films beginning with the letter ‘K,’ according to a suggestion made by a fan.
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10. Naseeruddin Shah (72 years old)
A man who needs no introduction, Naseeruddin Shah’s repertoire is worthy of praise. His collection of roles include positive, negative and other nuanced roles. Some of his Bollywood roles include ones in Krrish, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Katha, etc. He has also acted in Hollywood films like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He has, however, often made the news for controversial remarks that he’s made. Mr. Shah and his wife Ratna Pathak Shah are thespians who have been active in the field of theatre for many years.
11. Nana Patekar (72 years old)
Nana Patekar, originally Vishwanath Patekar has acted in many films like Krantiveer, Tirangaa, Welcome, etc. A filmmaker and screenwriter as well, he received the Padma Shri in 2013. He is a former Indian Territorial Army Officer.
12. Pradeep Rawat (70 years old)
Pradeep Rawat has acted in Hindi and other regional films, particularly recognized for his negative roles in films like Ghajini. His other films include Sye, Sarfarosh, Thotti Jaya, etc.
13. Shakti Kapoor (70 years old)
Shakti Kapoor has acted in a plethora of films, especially in comic and villain roles. He has acted in films like Qurbani, Rocky, and Hero. He is the father of Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor. He adopted the name Shakti Kapoor after it was felt that Sunil Kapoor wouldn’t work as a stage name.
14. Pankaj Kapur (68 years old)
Father of Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, Pankaj Kapur is a versatile actor who has had a career in films, TV, and theatre and of the lot, is one of the oldest living Bollywood actors. He is married to Supriya Pathak, also an actress. Some of his films include Maqbool, Roja, Finding Fanny, etc.
15. Anupam Kher (67 years old)
Anupam Kher’s filmography is evidently an example of his incredible acting skills. Boasting over 500 films in different languages and many plays, he is one of India’s greatest assets in the industry. He has been awarded the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. His films include Mohabbatein, Rang De Basanti, Vivah, etc.
These are the 15 oldest living Bollywood actors who changed the game in Bollywood. If you haven’t watched the films starring these legendary actors, you know what your next movie-time should look like!