10 Bollywood Legends Who Have Ancestors From Pakistan


India and Pakistan were once part of the same country. Many citizens of Pakistan have family roots in India and vice versa. In fact, some of the biggest names in Bollywood have roots and families in Pakistan.

Here are ten Bollywood Legends who have ties with Pakistan.

Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan’s mother, Teji Bachan was born in Faisalabad in 1914, formerly known as Lyallpur in British India. In Lahore, she taught Psychology at Khoob Chand Degree College. She moved to Allahabad with her husband before partition.

Rajesh Khana

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Rajesh Khana’s family was from Lahore. His father Lala Hiranand worked as headmaster of the MC High School in Burewala, Vehari District, Punjab, Pakistan. He was born in Amritsar in 1942 and was adopted and raised by Chunni Lal Khanna and Leela Wati Khanna.

Prem Chopra

#بوليود_ترافيا هل تعلم ان خلال تصوير فيلم #Bobby المعروض سنة 1973 ! طلب #راج_كابور من قريبه #بريم_شوبرا ( راج وبريم متزوجين اخوات ) … ان يظهر كضيف في الفيلم فوافق بريم بدون ان يطلب اي مستحقات ! وقد كان بريم انذاك معروف بأدوار الشر ! وبعد ان قرأ تفاصيل دوره غيّر فكرته واخبر راج كابور انه غير موافق وغير مقتنع ان يظهر في الفيلم ! ولكن مخرج الفيلم القدير #راج_كابور اصرّ عليه قائلاً (( سوف يكون دورك هذا مميزاً ويكسبك شهرة في الصناعة )) فوافق وهو غير مقتنع ! وكان اشهر حواراته في الفيلم المشهد الذي يظهر فيه ويقول (( اسمي بريم شوبرا )) (( prem naam hai mera .. Prem chopra )) ومع نجاح الفيلم اصبح هذا الحوار مشهور واكسب بريم شوبرا شهرة واسعة حتى انه في احدى المرات خلال تصوير احد افلامه زار احدى القرى فسمع الصبيان يلعبون ويرددون ذلك الحوار ! ففرح على ذلك وفور عودته ذهب الى راج وشكره على الدور وقال (( يجب ان نسمع نصائح الكبار )) ! . . ‏#premchopra popular dialogue from #bobby 1973

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Prem Chopra was also born in Lahore to a Punjabi Hindu family on 26 September 1935. He graduated from Punjab University; his family migrated to Shimla after partition.

Dilip Kumar

Muhammad Yusuf Khan, known more commonly by his stage name Dilip Kumar, was born to a Hindko speaking Awan family in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1922. His family relocated to Bombay in the late 1930s.

Dev Anand

The well-known actor and director, Dev Anand, was born in 1923 in Shakargarh in Gurdaspur District, Punjab, Pakistan. He spent his early years in Gharota Village and graduated from Government College, Lahore.

The Kapoor Family

Prithviraj Kapoor was born in Lyllapur, Punjab in British India in 1906. He later moved to Peshawar to complete his education at Edward’s College. His son Raj Kapoor, father of Rishi Kapoor was born there in 1926.

Sanjay Dutt

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Sanjay Dutt’s father, Sunil Dutt, a veteran actor, was born in Khurd Village, Jhelum district, Punjab in 1930; and his maternal grandfather was from Rawalpindi, Punjab.

Shahrukh Khan

Sunlight is like painting…it makes everything come alive. #srkgolddust

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Shahrukh Khan’s father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan is from Peshawar. According to the actor, they used to speak Hindko at home. As of 2010, Shahrukh’s paternal family is still living in Peshawar.


Govinda’s father, Arun Kumar Ahuja was born in Gujranwala, Punjab. His family migrated to Mumbai after partition where Govinda was born.

Hrithik Roshan

Both of Hrithik Roshan’s grandfathers were from Pakistan. His paternal grandfather, Roshan, was from Gujranwala, Punjab; and his maternal grandfather, J.Om.Prakash was from Sialkot,

This list makes our spines tingle. Seems Pakistan is the mother of great talent and Bollywood has much to be thankful for to her. You’re welcome India!
Regardless of country, these actors have long been on our list of favorites and it is true, art and talent surpasses all borders!

Contributed by Sarah Tariq