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10 Famous Bollywood Celebrities with Pakistani Roots

The fame and great recognition of Bollywood stars is not just restricted to India. They have an incomparable fan following in Pakistan also, and this doesn’t even surprise us since we’re all a part of the same whole and share a lot more than we know. As the Indian subcontinent was one country before 1947, many people from Pakistan and India share family histories and celebrities are no different.

Here is a list of 10 Famous Bollywood Celebrities who have their roots in Pakistan.

Dilip Kumar

Muhammad Yousuf Khan, later becoming a super star with an identity of Dilip Kumar. Not only do we share religion, we also share roots with this living legend. He was also born in Peshawar in December 1922. The screen name Dilip Kumar was given to him by a Hindu author Bhagwati Charan Verma.

Amitabh Bachchan

Who doesn’t know this superstar who has millions of fans all across the globe? But do you know that the ‘Shahanshah‘ of Bollywood also has Pakistani roots? Mr. Bachchan’s mother, Teji Bachchan was born in Faisalabad in 1914. She gave birth to two sons: Amitabh Bachchan and Ajitabh Bachchan. Amitabh was born in Allahbad.

Rajesh Khanna

“Babumoshai, zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai jahanpanah. Usse na toh aap badal sakte hain na main” and the same goes for our roots.  A versatile actor, a film maker and later becoming a politician. His parents hail from Vehari, Punjab. But the actor was born in Amritsar.

Dev Anand

The evergreen legendary actor was widely acclaimed and his acting career spanned over 65 years. He was born on 26 September 1923 in the Shakargarh tehsil of the Gurdaspur district in Narowal district. Dev is a graduate of Government College, Lahore.

Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri, the veteran actor was born in Lahore in 1932. He belonged to a Punjabi speaking family of Lala Nihal Singh Puri. Amrish Puri later moved to Shimla to continue his studies. Pakistan is sure the hub and mother of talent! “Mogambo Khush Hua

Prem Chopra

“Prem naam hai , Prem Chopra” , the actor famous for his regular villainous role in films was born in September 1935 in Lahore. Prem Chopra is a graduate of the prestigious Punjab University and his family moved to Shimla after the partition.

Shahrukh Khan

The ‘Baadshah’ of Bollywood also roots from Pakistan.The King Khan was born in New Delhi. But his father Meer Taj Muahmmad Khan hailed from Peshawar.

Sanjay Dutt

The entire Dutt clan roots from Pakistan!  Sanjay Dutt’s father Sunit Dutt was born in Khurd Village, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan. And that’s not even it, Sanjay Dutt’s mother the legendary Nargis Dutt (real name: Fatima Rashid) was also a Pakistani born actress. India should thank Pakistan for giving birth to so much talent.

Hrithik Roshan

Time to reveal the secret to his amazing good looks! The Greek god gets his deadly looks from non other than Pakistan! Hrithik Roshan’s great grandfathers were from Pakistan. His paternal grandfather, Roshan, who was a well-known music director, was born in Gujranwala, Punjab. On the other hand, his maternal grandfather J. Om Prakash was born in Sialkot, Punjab. You’re welcome India!

The Kapoors

Yep you read that right, Ranbir, Kareena, Karishma, Rishi? All Pakistanis by heritage! Pritviraj Kapoor, the first ‘Kapoor’, was an actor born in Lyallpur, Punjab in 1906. He later moved to Peshawar and completed his higher education from Edward’s College in Peshawar. There, his son Raj Kapoor, father of Rishi Kapoor, was born. The other two, Shammi & Shashi, were born in regions that are now part of Indian territory, though.  India can forever be in debt now!