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Superstar of the film industry

You can know about the Superstars of the film industry of 4 different eras and can witness their achievement and struggle

The Indian film industry has produced a ton of stars in the history of cinema but only the ones that are the most loved by the Indian audience becomes the one of superstar of country.

An actor only becomes a superstar in the film industry when he gives good quality work to the Indian cinema. a person becomes a superstar not only because of his performance and acting but also because of his overall personality to Know more about the job of acting click here: Job of Acting. A person has a different charm altogether which makes a difference between him and other film stars.

The Indian Film Industry started its journey in 1913 when the first feature film Raja Harishchandra directed by Mr. Dada Saheb Phalke. On the other hand It was also successful film

Recently the Indian Film Industry completed its hundred years of filmography. Also In these hundred years, we as an audience have witnessed different eras of superstars. So lets jump into the different eras which had different superstars


  1. Era of 1960s
  2. Era of 1970s
  3. Era of 1980s
  4. Era of 1990s
  5. Conclusion
  6. FAQs

ERA OF 1960s

The era of 1960 produced superstars of the film industry like Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar. They were the Trimurti of the Indian cinema at that time.

Dev Anand

  Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand often known as Dev Anand was an EVERGREEN SUPERSTAR OF 1960S.He came to Mumbai with a dream Becoming an actor.

Dev anand-superstar of the film industry-era of 19960

But to earn the bread and butter he consequently joined the Army. Eventually, he became an actor and after that, he worked with famous film directors.

A time came when he also started his own company named Navketan and decided to make FILMS.To know more about filmmaking click here : 4 Stages of Filmmaking

Dev Anand understood every aspect of filmmaking and especially the music elements. Not many superstars of the film industry have that knowledge of music. Above all, he had the support of SD Burman and Kishore Kumar.

After making many hit movies Devanand decided to make a movie called Guide in 1960. He decided to make it in both Hindi and English language. So that the foreign audience can also understand and appreciate the film.

In addition in the same year, only Dev Anand  had formed the image of  romantic hero with the films like Manzil, Tere Ghar Ke Samne and KInnare Kinnare with Meena kumari


In the period of 1960, there were other superstars also like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar.

Raj Kapoor-superstar of the film industry-era of 19960

Raj Kapoor was called the ultimate showman of the industry.

Without having a body or much good looks he managed to woo his actress with his innocence and honest talks.

After giving many films as an actor eventually he decided to become a director and dreamt of opening his own studio that is now RK STUDIO.

ERA OF 1970s


In 1970  Indian film industry gave birth to the first superstar, Rajesh Khanna. in the era of 70s the word superstar was Defined by only one person and that is late Mr. Rajesh Khanna. He was commonly called Kaka on the film sets.

Rajesh Khanna-superstar of the film industry-era of 19970

Eventually, his name became a worldwide phenomenon. In 1970 his large fan following and the choices of films made his career went to the next level and made him a superstar of the film industry

Rajesh Khanna’s every single piece of work that is appreciated by the audience. He was the lucky charm of every film. So whatever work he did then was a superhit and anything he touched turned to Gold. His 90% of the films were blockbuster. 

He gave 15 blockbuster films in a row in the time period of 1969-1971. Meanwhile, there was also a time when no film of his was a commercial success. It was between the period of 1976-1978. 

He also delivered some of the hit dialogues like Pushpa I hate tears( from Amar prem), Babumoshaai(Anand). The film Anand was also a good film.

ERA OF 1980s

In the late 70s and the early 80s After seeing enough Romance, the Indian audience now wanted to see some action-packed performances and intense dialogues.

In the era of 70s and 80s trend of action and masala films started instead of romantic films. And all the superstars of film industry were following that trend.


This is the name When it comes to the personality of an angry young man. Amitabh Bachchan entered the film industry in the mid-sixties.

Amitabh Bachchan-superstar of the film industry -era of 1980

In the period of 1973, Bachchan was a 30-year-old man who had given 12 flops and only two hits. From the two hit films, one film was Bombay to Goa and another with Rajesh Khanna’s  Anand.

 In 1973 the famous writer duo Salim Javed came to meet Amitabh Bacchan with the script of  Zanjeer.

Both were trying to convince Amitabh Bachchan as a lot of actors had already rejected their script. Because actors didn’t want to change the cute romantic boy image that they build in the industry.

 Eventually, Amitabh Bachchan did the film  Zanjeer and from that film, Amitabh Bachchan was given the title of Angry Young Man.

In the same year 1973, He married to her wife Jaya. He had also,  worked with his wife in various films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham,  Abhimaan.

  Amitabh Bachchan gave a series of hit films in 1975 like Deewar Which is in the list of top 25 must-see Bollywood films. He also did the historic film Sholay which was the highest grosser of the Indian film industry at that time.

In Sholay, Amitabh shared the screen space with Dharmendra. Both portrayed the role of jay and veeru respectively. This film turned Amitabh Bacchan from the superstar of the film industry to the megastar of the industry.

 Recently in 2018 he also received the most prestigious Film Award of India given by the Indian government i.e  Dada Saheb Phalke award. To know more about the prestigious film awards of India click here: FILM AWARDS

ERA OF 1990s

In my personal view this era of superstars of the film industry is my favorite.

Till 1980 the film industry was ruled by Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, and many more actors. But the era of the 1990s  changed it completely.

As I told you that In 1970 and 1980 only action films were being produced. However, in 1990 the game changed and again the romantic pictures were begun to be made.

Salman khan

This happened with the entry of the greatest superstar Salman Khan when he made his debut with the film called Maine Pyar Kiya which was a big hit.

Salman Khan-superstar of the film industry-era of 1990s

Overnight he was the heartthrob of the country. Then he did the romantic drama Hum Apke hai Kaun in 1994 which changed the game of Indian cinema.

He is also given the title of ‘BHAI’, Tiger of Bollywood, Sultan of Bollywood. He has given many top grosser Hindi film of all time i.e Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tiger Zinda Hai as a result he is one of the biggest superstars of the film industry

Shah Rukh Khan

Then came the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan. He started his career with the television series in late 1980 Called FAUJI.

Shah Rukh Khan-superstar of the film industry-era of 1990s

His first film Deewana was released in 1992. Shah Rukh is a self-made superstar of the film industry as he has no godfather working in the industry. Shah Rukh wanted to become a sportsperson but due to some injury, he accidentally stepped into films.

He has worked over in 80 Hindi films and is in the list of highest-earning actors in the world and is acquiring the second position of the list.

Shah Rukh is also the most followed and loved actor superstar of the film industry in overseas. He has been a part of very successful films like :

  • Darr
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • Karan Arjun
  • Chak De
  • Devdas
  • Swades
  • Chennai Express
  • Kal Ho Na Ho
  • My Name Is Khan


So these are the greatest superstars of all time. we will always remember them and their piece of art contributed to the Indian Cinema.


1. who is the biggest superstar of Bollywood

According to me Amitabh Bachchan is the Biggest superstar of bollyood.because he has been working in the Industries from the past 45 years. Also even today he is taken as a lead in the films

2. who is the current superstar of Bollywood?

Well! According to me Akshay Kumar is the current Superstar of Bollywood as he has delivered 11 Films hit in a row from the past 3 years.

3. In which Film School did Shah Rukh Khan Learned Acting?

Shah Rukh Khan Learnt Acting from Barry Jhon Acting School

4. Who is the biggest superstar of the south film industry?

According to me, Rajnikanth is the biggest superstar of the south film industry. He is 75 years old and I still working as a lead actor. In Tamil Nadu, he has got a crazy fan following. Their fans have built temples by his names.


  1. this one was very informative article on some of the most brilliant artists of Bollywood. it was satisfactory to read the information right from 60s era to present era. keep posting manav.


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