Did you know that some of the Indian actors actually have Pakistani origins?
For years, Pakistan has loved the glitz and glamour of the Hindi film industry, but Bollywood’s relationship with Pakistan, is far more organic, given the fact that several of its noted icons hail from them.
Here is a list of 15 Bollywood actors who have roots deep seated in Pakistan.
1- Hrithik Roshan
Apparently, Hrithik Roshan’s great grandfathers were from Pakistan. His paternal grandfather, Roshan, was born in Gujranwala, Punjab. On the other hand, his maternal grandfather J. Om Prakash was born in Sialkot, Punjab.
2- Dilip Kumar
Muhammad Yusuf Khan, popularly known as Dilip Kumar was born in Peshawar, NWFP, British India now, of course, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
3- Shashi Kapoor
The actor was born in Peshawar, Pakistan.
4- Prem Chopra
Prem Chopra, the famous ‘villain’ of Bollywood cinema, was born in Lahore, Punjab.
5- Amrish Puri
Amrish Puri, the veteran actor was born in Lahore.
6- Amitabh Bachchan
Who would’ve thought Bollywood’s ‘Shahenshah’ has Pakistani origins? Amitabh’s mother Teji Bachchan was born in Faisalabad, Punjab.
7- Dev Anand
The famous actor/director Dev Anand was born in Shakargarh, Gurdaspur District, Punjab, Pakistan.
The biggest film star of her time, Sadhana was born in Karachi, Sindh.
9- Shah Rukh Khan
The King Khan also has Pakistani heritage. Bollywood’s ‘Baadshah’ was born in New Delhi but his father Meer Taj Muahmmad Khan hailed from Peshawar.
Arun Kumar Ahuja, father of Govinda, was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India.
The famous poet and author, Sampooran Singh Kalra, more commonly known as Gulzar, was born in Dina City, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan.
12- Rajesh Khanna
Rajesh Khanna’s family was from Burewala, Vehari District, Punjab, Pakistan. He was born there only.
13- Raj Kapoor
The patriarch Pritviraj Kapoor, the first ‘Kapoor’, as the Indian cimena folks like to call him, was an actor born in Lyallpur, Punjab. Later his son Raj Kapoor, father of Rishi Kapoor, was born in Peshawar.
14- Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt’s father Sunit Dutt was born in Khurd Village, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan.
15- Vivek Oberoi
The one-time promising actor, Vivek Oberoi’s father, Suresh Oberoi – actor, was born in Quetta, Balochistan.