Lucknow, is a city of immense talent. From politicians to poets, administrators to actors / actress from Lucknow has always given fresh talent to the nation. From the long list of popular faces from Lucknow, we have brought for you 15 celebrities from the city we are really proud of. List of Actresses / actors from Lucknow
1. Ali Fazal : famous actor from Lucknow
The ‘Fukrey’ guy Ali Fazal, who debuted in the Bollywood industry with a special appearance in 3 Idiots, is one of the most promising starts today. Born in Lucknow, the actor has already marked a niche for himself in the film industry. Ali is not just confined to Bollywood films; the actor was also a part of Hollywood action film Fast and Furious 7. Besides, he has nailed it with his superb performance in mini web series ‘Bang Baja Barat’.
2. Sumona Chakravarti : famous Actress from Lucknow
The bubbly actress from Indian film and television industry needs no introduction. Sumona has completed her schooling from Loreto Convent, Lucknow and started her acting career as a child artist with the movie ‘Mann’. The actress was seen playing cameo in Ranbir Kapoor starrer, ‘Barfi’ and in a popular daily soap ‘Bade Achche Lagte Hain’. But, the credit of her overnight popularity goes to the laughter show ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’, which made her a household name.
3. Kushal Tondon
The handsome hunk of Indian television industry, Kushal Tandon was born in a Lucknow-based business family. He started his career with modelling, but later switched to acting. He became quite popular among young girls with his role as Viraat in daily soap ‘Ek hazaaron mein meri behna hai’. His popularity landed him on reality show Bigg Boss 7, where he garnered much limelight. His proposal to Gauhar on National Television, and standing like a rock for her girlfriend made him an overnight sensation. The actor is currently working on daily soap which is aired on Sony TV.
4. Kanika Kapoor : singer from Lucknow
Blessed with a mellifluous voice, Kanika Kapoor is one of the most popular singers in Bollywood. Known for her most amazing number ‘Baby Doll’, the singer is born and brought up in Lucknow. Kanika did Masters in music from Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow, and was married at an early age of 18. It was when her marriage did not survive, Kanika started her career with music video ‘Jugni Ji’, featuring Dr. Zeus. The video was a hit and gave her opportunity to step in Bollywood playback singing. She won millions of hearts with ‘Baby Doll’ and there was no looking back.
5. Aditi Sharma : famous Actress from Lucknow
The winner of talent-hunt show called India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj in 2004, Aditi Sharma has moved a long way in showbiz. She has been part of Hindi films like ‘Ladies vs Rickey Bahl’, ‘Mausam’ and ‘Black & White’. Besides she has worked in Telgu and Punjabi movies as well. Currently she can be seen in Hindi daily soap ‘Ganga’, aired on &TV.
6. Aarti Singh : famous Actress from Lucknow
Aarti Singh is a popular TV actress and sister of famous comedian Krishna Abhishekh. The actress was born in Lucknow. Her mother died soon after her birth, after which Krishna went to Mumbai with his father and her upbringing was done by her mother’s best friend Geeta Singh in Lucknow. Her most notable TV serials include Waaris, Parichay and Maayka.
7. Muzaffar Ali
Known for the classic film, Umrao Jaan, Indian filmmaker Muzaffar Ali was born in Lucknow. The versatile persona is also a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music-lover, a revivalist, and a social worker. He belongs to the Muslim Rajput royal house of Kotwara in India, and has also been awarded Padm Shree for his notable contribution in the field of art and culture.
8. Ranveer Brar
A chef, TV show host, cooking show judge, food stylist and what not. Born in Lucknow, Ranveer Brar is a one of India’s popular celebrity chef. Ranveer was inspired by the local kebab vendors in Lucknow and to pursue his dreams he eventually joined the Institute of Hotel Management, Lucknow. His TV shows include Breakfast Xpress, Snack Attack, The Great Indian Rasoi, Health Bhi Taste Bhi among others. He was one of judges MasterChef India, season four.
9. Nivedita Bhattacharya : famous Actress from Lucknow
Nivedita is one of the finest actor’s Indian television industry could have. Known for powerful roles sans the usual saas-bahu dramas, she keeps very low public profile. Born and brought up in Lucknow, the actress started her with theater very early. From Bengali theaters, to Hindi and eventually working in TV and films, Nivedita has worked in all creative art forms. She is married to one of the very talented actors of Bollywood, Kay Kay Menon.
10. Baba Sehgal
Remember those Indi pop songs from 90’s, well the man behind those iconic Indian raps was Baba Sehgal. Born and brought up in Lucknow, Baba is the world’s first professional Hindi rapper and first Indian rapper. MTV declared him as Indian rap god to jump on the Indipop bandwagon, and released an album which got frequent airplay on MTV India. Since then he dominated the Indian rap scene for long with hits such as ‘Thanda Thanda Paani’, ‘Manjula’ and ‘Dil Dhadke’.
11. Anita Kanwal
Veteran actress, Anita Kanwal who is has graced Hindi film and television industry with some powerful roles was born in Lucknow. She has been part of several Hindi daily soaps, Bollywood films and theaters, but is stilled remembered for her role as Lajjo in popular Doordarshan serial of 1980’s – Buniyaad. Her best work includes daily soaps like Shanti, Banegi Apni Baat, Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi and Sasural Genda Phool.
12. Surendra Pal
From portraying Dronacharya in Mahabharat to Tamraj Kilvish in Shaktiman, Surendra Pal is known for some most iconic roles in Indian television. Born in Lucknow, the actor is popular face in Bollywood and TV. He has worked in numerous films including Khuda Gawah, Sehar, Jodhaa Akbar, Lakshya and Airlift. His television serials include very popular serials like Siya Ke Ram, Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Left Right Left, Chanakya, Kunti, Diya Aur Bati among others.
13. Tia Bajpai
Tia (born Twinkle Bajpai) was born and brought up in the city of Luknow. Having a penchant for singing she participated in ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ which proved to be a great platform for her. Her charming looks, also brought acting opportunities, and Tia worked in couple of Hindi serials. She also participated in another reality show ‘Koun Jitega Bollywood Ka Ticket’, and emerged as winner. She has also acted in Bollywood films like Haunted – 3D, 1920: Evil Returns and Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat.
14. Roshan Abbas
An alumnus of one the most prestigious La Martiniere College, Roshan Abbas is a popular face in media industry. A radio jockey, theater actor, TV anchor, emcee, impresario, event manager, writer, and director, Roshan is bestowed with a versatile personality. He is best known for hosting international TV shows like like Family Fortunes, Born Lucky, and This is Your Life.
The Lucknow lad Vineet Singh rose to fame with his outstanding performance in at the age of 16 in the music talent show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005. There was no looking back and Vineet his career as a playback singer in Bollywood films. His last ‘Jalte Diye’ from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, became a popular track.
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