Film Celebs Birthday in November

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born on November 1. Photo: Publicity Photo

November is a month when some of the foremost names of Hindi cinema were born. Here is a list.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan / November 1

From Miss World to almost the Numero Uno heroine for a while, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has had a distinguished innings in Hindi cinema, besides also venturing into Tamil movies (Iruvar, Kandukondain Kandukondain, Jeans, Endhiran, Ponniyin Selvan et al) and Hollywood (Mistress of Spices, The Last Legion and more). Her Hindi best includes Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Guru and Khakee.

Shah Rukh Khan / November 2

Almost written off after 30 years in cinema, besides his earlier TV ventures like Fauji, SRK has bounced back in 2023 with two of its three biggest hits, Jawan and Pathaan. This week’s Diwali release, Tiger 3, stars him as Pathaan again in a cameo, and before the year is out, there will be Dunki. The astute businessman (production, visual effects) is zooming yet again as a mega-star.

Anu Malik / November 2

The most versatile composer this side of the legends, Anu Malik remains underrated and understated. In that sense, Lady Luck has deprived him of his real qualitative due, as shown by his stunningly variegated innings (Sir, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee, Baazigar, Border, Tamanna, Asoka—The Great, Filhaal, Ishq Vishk,  Main Hoon Na, Jaanemann, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Begum Jaan). But the fact that he has lasted a full 45 years and his music has made a mark among true connoisseurs even after an innings that began eons ago is proof of his humongous talent.

Tabu / November 4

Sadly, this actress was praised most in the early phase of her career when her performances were good but a shade repetitious (Maachis, Virasat, Hu Tu Tu and more). But this actress from Hyderabad, who has also regularly done films down South and also overseas, is now in the most fruitful, evolved and truly versatile phase of her career, is truly excelling now in fabulous assorted roles like in Golmaal Again, AndhaDhun, De De Pyaar De, Alai Vaikunthapuramuloo, Bhool Bhulaiya 2, Drishyam 2 and more. Indeed, her range has evolved from very good to awesome.

Kamal Haasan / November 7

Technically not a Hindi film hero, Kamal Haasan comes in due to his sheer status and relentless efforts to connect with a pan-Indian audience, just like Rajinikanth. Beginning with a smash-hit Ek Duuje Ke Liye, he could never equal its success level despite good work in Sadma, Saagar and Chachi 420. Of course, his dubbed and bi-lingual films like Appu Raja, Indian, Vishwaroopam and Vikram besides the silent Pushpak stand testimony to his art.

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri / November 10

Once never even considered in any league for his earlier films like Chocolate or Zid, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri shot to prominence with the first of his exposes, The Tashkemt Files, a small film based on reality that did big business in 2019. Encouraged by its success, he made the mega-buster docudrama, The Kashmir Files, in 2022, which remains one of the highest earners in Hindi film history in terms of business versus budget. He then made what is one of his best films, The Vaccine War, this year, but faced rejection at the b-o. Undeterred, he is planning his fourth look at a social and national expose with his next, The Delhi Files.

Boney Kapoor is related to Anil Kapoor, is Sridevi’s husband and father to Janhavi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor. Photo: Publicity Photo

Boney Kapoor / November 11

Anil Kapoor’s elder brother started out 42 years ago as executive producer of his father, Surinder Kapoor’s Hum Paanch. This was a kind of re-launch of his father as a producer. Under his stewardship, the banner went from strength to strength with films like Mr. India, Judaai, No Entry, Wanted and more. Boney is now as much known for remakes of South films as for making films in those languages! Husband to the late Sridevi, he is father to Janhavi Kapoor, easily the most talented of the Gen-Z stars, and Khushi Kapoor, who is set to make her debut late this year with The Archies.

Juhi Chawla / November 13

Juhi Chawla made a low-key debut as second lead in the 1986 Sultanat. Beginning with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and moving on to Bol Radha Bol, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Aaina and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, she was even considered a threat to Madhuri Dixit Nene at one time. Today, she does occasional movies and web series.

Zeenat Aman & Sushmita Sen / November 19

The month of November amazingly seems to represent key entrants into Hindi cinema from the ramp! Besides Aishwarya, Zeenat Aman and Sushmita Sen are both November-born, and not just that, but they also share their birthday!

Zeenat, of course, is the woman who changed forever the image of the Hindi film heroine in the 1970s, while Sushmita, who was never as successful as Zeenat was, has achieved a reputation as a powerhouse performer with the web series, Aarya.

Zeenat’s most notable work includes Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Manoranjan, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan, Insaf Ka Tarazu and others, while Sushmita has had Biwi No.1 and Main Hoon Na as her main aces.

Rajkumar Hirani remains the only filmmaker who has five blockbusters and no flops. Photo: Publicity Photo

Rajkumar Hirani / November 20

Here is a man with a phenomenal record—every film he has directed has been a blockbuster! (Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, PK and Sanju). Artlessly turning offbeat narratives into mainstream fodder, Rajkumar Hirani’s December release, Dunki, is set to join the ranks of being another milestone in Hindi cinema.

Kartik Aaryan / November 22

Kartik Aaryan is the latest pin-up guy in Hindi cinema. He made his mark in the Pyaar Ka Punch-Nama franchise, and has also starred in hits like Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Bhool Bhulaiya 2. His forthcoming films include Hera Pheri 3 and Aashiqui 3. Clearly, the underperforming of his recent movies like Shehzada and Satyaprem Ki Katha has not really affected his stardom or market.

Salim Khan / November 24

This man is a giant among writers, who came to Mumbai to become an actor, and did a few films even as hero. He may be better known as Salman Khan’s father today, but at his peak, as the “story and screenplay” half of the hit duo of Salim-Javed, he saw unparalleled success with blockbusters like Haathi Mere Saathi, Seeta Aur Geeta, Zanjeer, Deewaar, Sholay, Don, Trishul, Shakti and Mr. India. He also wrote, solo, the acclaimed hit Naam that catapulted Mahesh Bhatt to the frontline.

Yami Gautam Dhar / November 28

Here is one Gen-Z actress who is not afraid of images and branding. She quietly does a variety of work in movies like Vicky Donor, Kaabil, Bala, URI—The Surgical Strike, Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, A Thursday or OMG2. She may not be ranked very high commercially, but as an actor, she has not yet disappointed, whether in routine, gray or negative roles.




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