Shah Rhuk Khan is often referred to in the media as "Badshah of Bollywood", "King Khan", "King of Romance", and the "King of Bollywood". Khan has acted in 75 Hindi films in genres ranging from romantic dramas to action thrillers. His contributions to the film industry have garnered him numerous achievements including fourteen Filmfare Awards from thirty nominations. His eight Filmfare Best Actor Award wins make him the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time in that category, tied only with Dilip Kumar. In 2005, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian cinema. Khan is considered to be one of the biggest film stars in cinematic history, with a fan following claimed to number in the billions; in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called him "the world's biggest movie star." In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world.
Aishwarya Rai worked as a model before starting her acting career, and ultimately won the Miss World pageant in 1994. Rai has starred in films in various languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali. Often cited by the media as the "most beautiful woman in the world”, Rai made her acting debut in Iruvar (1997), and had her first commercial success in Jeans (1998). She found success in Bollywood Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002) and eventually won two Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category. Rai appeared in the blockbuster action thriller Dhoom 2 (2006) and subsequently featured in such films as Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Enthiran (2010), thus establishing herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses of Indian cinema. Her off-screen roles include duties as brand ambassador for various charity organizations and campaigns, and Rai was appointed goodwill ambassador for UNAIDS in 2012.
Hrithik Roshan made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2000. His performance in the film earned him Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Male Debut. Roshan starred in the blockbusters Koi...Mil Gaya (2003) and its sequel Krrish (2006), both of which won him numerous Best Actor awards. Roshan received his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in the action film Dhoom 2, and his fourth for Jodhaa Akbar, for which he was also awarded at the Golden Minbar International Film Festival. These accomplishments have established him as one of the leading contemporary actors of Hindi cinema. He later received further acclaim for his work in Guzaarish (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Agneepath (2012), his biggest commercial success so far. Roshan's life-size wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds London on January 20th 2011, making him the fifth Indian actor to have been immortalized in wax in the museum.
Kareena Kapoor has been noted for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary romantic dramas to comedies, period films to major Bollywood productions and less-publicized independent films. Kapoor faced the media spotlight at a young age but did not make her acting debut until the 2000 film Refugee. Her melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... became India's highest-grossing film in the overseas market in 2001, and is one of her greatest commercial successes to date. Influenced by her sister Karisma and Bollywood actresses Nargis and Meena Kumari, Kapoor's off-screen life is the subject of widespread media coverage in India. She is known for being publicly outspoken and assertive, and is recognized for her contributions to the film industry though her fashion style and her film roles (both of which have made her a trend-setter for young women). In addition to film acting, Kapoor is a stage performer and has launched her own clothing line.
Amitabh Bachchan first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema, and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards as Best Actor, and fourteen Filmfare Awards. He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 37 nominations overall. Bachchan is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter. He also had a stint in politics in the 1980s. He has received both the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan civilian awards from the Indian government.