How to Become a Bollywood Actor or Actress

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Bollywood is one of the most popular film industries in the world. It is known for its large number of movies, which are often released in a short period of time. It is also known for its huge budgets.

In order to become a successful actor or actress in the Bollywood industry, you need to have a lot of talent, hard work, and perseverance.


Bollywood is located in the city of Mumbai.

The city is the richest in India and also in the top 20 richest cities in the world.

Notable Bollywood Movies

1. Bobby (1973)

Bobby - Movie

Director: Raj Kapoor

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia

Genre: Romance

2.  Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994)

Hum aapke hain koun - Movie

Director: Sooraj R Barjatya

Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Tuffy

Genre: Musical, Romance

3. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

Do Bigha Zamin - Movie

Director: Bimal Roy

Cast: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Nazir Hussain

Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Musical

4. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - Movie

Director: Ayan Mukherjee

Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapoor

Genre: Romance, Comedy

5. 3 Idiots (2009)

3 Idiots (2009) - Movie

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Cast: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

6. Umrao Jaan (1981)

Umrao Jaan - Movie

Director: Muzaffar Ali

Cast: Rekha, Farouque Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah

Genre: Drama

5. Mr India

Mr. India - movie

Director: Ramesh Sippy

Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan

Genre: Action, Thriller, Western

6. Awaara (1951)

Awaara - Movie

Director: Guru Dutt

Cast: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman

Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical

7. Shaan (1980)

Shaan - Movie

Director: Ramesh Sippy

Cast: Amitabh Bachhan, Shashi Kapoor, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller

8. Gol Maal (1979)

Gol Maal - Movie

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Cast: Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Bindiya Goswami, Dina Pathak

Genre: Comedy

9. Ghajini (2008)

Ghajini - movie

Director: AR Murugadoss

Cast: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan

Genre: Romance, Thriller

10. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Jodhaa Akbar - movie

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood

Genre: Historical, Romance, Drama

11. The Lunchbox (2013)

The Lunchbox - movie

Director: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

12. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

Maine Pyar Kiya - movie

Director: Sooraj Barjatya

Cast: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath

Genre: Romance, Drama

13. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - movie

Director: Karan Johar

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji

Genre: Romance, Musical

14. Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)

Satyam Shivam Sundaram - movie

Director: Raj Kapoor

Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman

Genre: Romance

15. Parineeta (1953)

Parineeta - movie

Director: Bimal Roy

Cast: Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari

Genre: Romance, Drama

16. Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

Chhoti Si Baat - movie

Director: Basu Chatterjee

Cast: Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha, Ashok Kumar

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Musical

17. Bandit Queen (1994)

Bandit Queen - movie

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Cast: Seema Biswas

Genre: Drama

18. Gangster (2006)

Gangster - movie

Director: Anurag Basu

Cast: Emran Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Shiney Ahuja

Genre: Musical, Thriller

19. Kati Patang (1970)

Kati Patang - movie

Director: Shakti Samanta

Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parekh, Prem Chopra

Genre: Romance, Musical, Drama

Bollywood vs. Hollywood


1. Good Looks 

Good looks are an important asset to have when you want to be taken seriously.

This is why so many people pay for good looks or hire expensive stylists to help them look their best.

2. Good Body 

Bollywood is a very demanding profession, with the actors having to work hard in front of the camera, as well as have a physically demanding job.

It’s important to take care of your body and be fit.

A Bollywood actor should have a healthy diet, get enough sleep and exercise regularly in order to perform at their best.

3. Good Voice 

Vocal cord health allows you to exercise your full range and produce a full, pure, tuneful sound.

However, there are many factors that can cause vocal cord problems including aging, abuse of the voice over time and smoking. So your should;

  • Pace yourself 
  • Avoid yelling, screaming and singing too loudly
  • Be hydrated
  • Eat lightly before an audition or performance 
  • Practice talking with a more relaxed mouth and jaw

4. Good Dancing Skills 

We all know how Bollywood actors/actress like to move their body.

They have this incredible talent and skill that complement and adds value to their movies.

You should strengthen your dancing skills by attending dancing classes or watching youtube videos and practicing at home.

5. Acting Class

You can also check out these notable acting classes in India : 

6. Passion 

My passion is acting, and has always been. It’s what brought me to this point of being able to diversify and do other things, and I hope it’s something I’ll continue to have a passion for. ” — Zachary Quinto

Acting with Passion is a great book that will guide you to become a successful Actor/ Actress. 

7. Hard Work 

In order to become a professional actor, you need to work hard and put in the time.

It’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the end. You’ll have people depending on you and that can be a very rewarding feeling.

If it’s in your blood, you can develop a thick skin and there’s no other career like it.

8. Professionalism

This is the easiest way you can separate yourself from the pack.

  • Be Prepared
  • Be On Time
  • Good Listening Skills
  • Pay Attention to Details
  • Dress Well 

9. Cultivate the habit of Patience 

Patience is a hard lesson to learn, but acting requires you to keep your composure.

It’s essential for actors to have strength and endurance when working under pressure or in places where the conditions are unfavorable.

If you are patient, you will be able to find opportunities when they arise and seize them.

Patience can also help you enjoy the journey and make the most of your small victories


  • Headshot
  • Resumé
  • Showreel or Demo Reel


Bollywood’s biggest casting director mukesh chhabra’s message for aspiring actors (2020)

Famous Bollywood Actors Net Worth 

Shah Rukh KhanNet worth: $600 million
Amitabh BachchanNet worth: $400 million
Salman KhanNet worth: $310 million
Aamir KhanNet worth: $180 million
Saif Ali KhanNet worth: $140 million
Dilip KumarNet worth: $85 million 
Anupam KherNet worth: $70 million
KaAnupam KherNet worth: $70 million


Acting takes a lot of hard work, dedication and focus. If it’s in your blood, there’s no other career like it.

If you put in the effort and determination, you are well on your way to becoming the “Star” you’ve always wanted to be.

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