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Top 4 Most Influential Bollywood Actors

The Indian (Hindi) film industry, famously called Bollywood, is extremely influential. The actors set fashion trends that their fans copy and follow madly. It is common for fans to put actors on a pedestal. The power the actors of Bollywood wield is truly amazing and, therefore, it is quite common to see a popular Bollywood actor endorse anything, right from a gold card to a car to laptop and even cement. Many Bollywood actors know that their fans worship and emulate them, and that is why they have taken up social causes that plague Indian society today. It is their way of giving back something to the community, society and country that have turned them into demigods.

Some of the most influential Bollywood actors are as follows:

1. Aamir Khan

Currently, this Bollywood actor perhaps is the most influential. Even though he is in his mid-40s, he is a teen idol, who is known for its acting abilities. While Aamir Khan has been involved in several social causes over the years, recently in 2012, he anchored a popular television show called ‘Satyamev Jayate.’ Through this show, Aamir tackled several social issues that India is facing today, such as female foeticide, dowry, medical malpractice, honour killing and child abuse.

2. Amitabh Bachchan

Popularly known as Big B, Amitabh Bachchan has been around for decades. He is considered a legend in Bollywood and when he speaks, people sit up and take notice. Maybe it is his baritone, charisma or personality, but the power he wields over the masses is tremendous. He has campaigned for tiger conservation and also appeared on television to educate parents to inoculate their children against polio.

3. Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan is one of the most influential Bollywood actors and many ordinary people identify with him as he broke into the world of acting without help or support from a Bollywood insider. Lovingly called King Khan, Shahrukh is much sought after for by large retail corporations, who want him to endorse their products. They know that if he endorses a product, people will go out and buy it.

4. Salman Khan

The once bad boy of Bollywood is today a philanthropist, who runs a foundation to help the needy and underprivileged. Salman Khan’s foundation is called ‘Being Human’ and it sells t-shirts and other products online and through brick-and-mortar stores to fund education and healthcare among the poor and needy of India. His caring nature has won Salman many accolades from the Bollywood fraternity and his fans, who throng to see his movies the moment they are released.

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2 Responses to “Top 4 Most Influential Bollywood Actors”

  1. On November 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm Cycling Nomad - Anthony responded with... #

    I’ve heard that people in India worship them like a king.

  2. On November 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm Anthony – Man Vs Clock responded with... #

    I am only aware about Big B since I’ve watched one of his movies even if I didn’t understand.

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