I have always felt that pre-2000 era of Bollywood had a better assortment of heroes – masochistic, charming, charismatic presence and great pull. Hence thought of ranking the best-looking heroes of Bollywood – pre-2000 and post 2000 era. In this part, I try to rank Bollywood’s most handsome actors of the 20th century. As a warning, I must tell you that the likes of Rajesh Khanna, young Shahrukh or Amir Khan or even the great Amitabh Bachchan hasn’t made to this list. You may disagree and that’s fine. But you will agree that the list twelve was indeed handsome and scored very high on all parameters. 12. Manoj Kumar India’s own Mr Bharat Kumar was a well-known actor-director. Manoj Kumar was at his peak between the mid-60s till late seventies. He lacked much on-screen machismo but overall was extremely handsome. 11. Shammi Kapoor The most maverick actor of the Kapoor clan used to be called ‘The King’ during the same era. His dance movements and dialogue style remained unmatched for decades, till Govinda in mid-1990s struck gold with his comic timing, dance skills and attitude. Shammi Kapoor may not be the best looking around, but his charisma has stayed legendary. 10. Sanjay Khan Sanjay Khan, strangely makes to his list and not his more famous elder brother Feroz Khan. Sanjay acted in 30 odd films but was very good-looking. 9. Shashi Kapoor Shashi Kapoor did movies for close to 50 years. Starting as a child artist in 1948 (Aag), this terrific actor from the Kapoor family has also produced and directed movies. He also has a significant number of English movies to his name. 8. Dev Anand Dev Anand had so much uniqueness and charisma about him that he is known as one of the biggest influencers to Indian cinema. He has acted, written, produced and directed movies aplenty. At his peak, it was rumoured that he would copy the style and mannerism of famous Hollywood star than Gregory Peck. You decide. 7. Pran Pran is more known as the famous villain of 1960s-80s Bollywood. Truth be told he was as dashing as any of the heroes you find in this list and it was believed that he could eat up heroes in scenes by the power of his charisma. 6. Salman Khan Salman Khan is one of the current megastars of Bollywood, but it was his early looks in the 80s and 90s which took the country by storm.With looks like this, he easily edges out many who couldn’t make it here. handsome heroes of the 2000’s era? Check their rankings here.
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