Saturday, February 03, 2007

Indian Actors

What does it take to become a Cinema Actor in India?

‘Talent for acting, necessary skills to act, an innate flair for acting, taking up acting classes, having acted and displayed the necessary skills in school dramas, shows, TV, etc?’

If your answers are any of the above, you are wrong. To be an actor in India, you should either be related to someone who is already in acting business or a politician, or be a beauty queen.

What I have done is compiled a list of actors and actresses who is related to someone in acting business or a politician, or is a beauty queen.


Aishwarya Rai, Amisha Patel, Amrita Arora, Bipasha Basu, Celina Jaitley, Esha Deol, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Kareena kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Kirty Reddy, Lara Dutta, Lisa Ray, Manisha Koirala, Neha Dhupia, Pooja Bedi, Pooja Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Rimi Sen, Rinke Khanna, Riya Sen, Shamita Shetty, Soha Ali Khan, Sushmita Sen, Tanushree Dutta, Twinkle Khanna, Yana Gupta, Yukta Mookhey


Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Ashmit Patel, Bobby Deol, Fardeen Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kumar Gaurav, Nagarjuna, Rahul Dev, Rahul Khanna, Ritesh Deshmukh, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Shahid Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Tusshar Kapoor, Uday Chopra, Vivek Oberoi, Zayed Khan.

I know that my list is incomplete. I am not a great fan of Indian cinema. I don’t know half these actors. I got the list from a Google site and typed each name to see their biographies. I couldn’t get information on some of them from web. But I am sure many out there would be able to add some more names to this list.

What is appalling is the number of actors who seem to fit this narrow category. It looks like Arts is completely hereditary or is related to being a beauty queen. Are we dynastic in nature? The way we choose our politicians, who are related to each other, we also seem to prefer artists who are related to each other. Is Arts in India hereditary?


  1. Indian society has evolved itself by recognizing much of do-u-know-who-i-am kind of persons.

    Whenever a person says "Hey, I'm X..." nobody gives a shit, if he adds up saying "I'm X... son of Y", then as a unwritten rule, Indians apply this formula in a lightning speed. If X is son of Y, then X~Y.

    This gives a good platform for wanna-be-celebrity people to get into politics and cinema, where the first chance to face the world remains a dream to so many son-of-nobody kind of guys.

    This is what I call as "Parental Personality Inheritance", which makes an Indian to feel an Indian!!!

  2. Family and connections have always played a big role in our country. If you are the son or daughter of someone great you gain instant respect and admiration immaterial of what you have or have not achieved.
    Infact Indians are the first ones to learn and understand genetics even before Gregor Johann Mendel was experimenting with peas. The world should be recognizing Indians as the pioneer of genetics. We have always known intrinsically that all talents and abilities are genetically inherited :)
    The same applies for getting some work done by beauracrats. The files move quicker if you know someone important in the establishment. Otherwise you have to make your way through bribes.

  3. hua huw hua


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