List of Hindi film clans

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Within the Hindi film industry, commonly known as Bollywood there is a history of many members of a family over several generations all participating in the film industry.

This page lists some of the notable clans and their notable members. For South Indian film families, see List of South Indian film families. For Indian music families, see List of Indian music clans

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Akhtar-Azmi family[edit]

Lyricist Javed Akhtar married script writer Honey Irani. His second wife is actress Shabana Azmi. Azmi's nieces are actresses Farah Naaz and Tabu. Farhan and Zoya Akhtar's cousins are Farah and Sajid Khan.[1]

  • Jan Nisar Akhtar (poet; father of Javed Akhtar)
    • Javed Akhtar (poet; playwright and lyricist, married to Shabana Azmi, father of Farhan Akhtar)
    • Honey Irani (writer; first wife of Javed Akhtar)
    • Daisy Irani (actress; sister of Honey Irani)
      • Farhan Akhtar (director; son of Javed and Honey)
      • Zoya Akhtar (director; daughter of Javed and Honey)
      • Farah Khan (dance director; daughter of Honey and Daisy Irani's Menaka Irani, sister of Sajid Khan)
      • Sajid Khan (director; son of Honey and Daisy Irani's Menaka Irani, brother of Farah Khan)
  • Kaifi Azmi (poet and lyricist; father of Shabana and Baba Azmi)
  • Shaukat Kaifi (actress; wife of Kaifi Azmi)
    • Baba Azmi (cinematographer; brother of Shabana Azmi)
    • Shabana Azmi (actress; married to Javed Akhtar)
    • Tanvi Azmi (actress; married to Baba Azmi, daughter of Usha Kiran)
  • Usha Kiran (actress; mother of Tanvi Azmi)

Ali family[edit]

  • Mumtaz Ali (actor; father of Mehmood Ali)
    • Minoo Mumtaz (actress; daughter of Mumtaz Ali, sister of Mehmood Ali)
    • Anwar Ali (actor; son of Mumtaz Ali, brother of Mehmood Ali)
    • Mehmood Ali (actor; son of Mumtaz Ali, brother of Anwar Ali and Minu Mumtaz)
      • Lucky Ali (actor and singer; son of Mehmood Ali and Madhu)

Anand family[edit]

The most prominent member of the family is actor Dev Anand, who has starred in over a hundred films. Another member of the family is internationally known director Shekhar Kapur, he is known for directing the film Elizabeth. He was married to actress Suchitra Krishnamurthy.

Agha family[edit]

The Agha family is Pakistani British and includes many squash players as well as Bollywood singers and actors.

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Babbar family[edit]

Raj Babbar is an Indian actor and has been married twice. His first wife was Nadira Babbar, who became known with her appearance in Bride and Prejudice (2004) with Aishwarya Rai. Their children are Arya Babbar and Juhi Babbar. Both have ventured into the film industry. Raj's second wife was actress Smita Patil, she died giving birth to their child in 1986. Her son Prateek made his acting debut in 2008 film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.

Bachchan family[edit]

The Bachchan family (starting with second from the left) Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Main article: Bachchan family

Barjatya family[edit]

The Barjatya's started with Tarachand Barjatya, who was a film producer and director and set up his Rajshri Productions, in the late 1940s. Tarachand Barjatya had three sons, Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Raj Kumar Barjatya and Ajit Kumar Barjatya, all of whom are active in bringing the Rajshri empire to great heights. The company saw an all time up swing in revenues when Raj Kumar Barjatya's son, Sooraj R. Barjatya, started his film making career with the 1989 blockbuster, Maine Pyar Kiya and eventually with, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain. The company is now led by the third generation of Barjatya's, namely, Kavita K. Barjatya, Sooraj R. Barjatya and Rajat A. Barjatya.

Baweja family[edit]

Bedi family[edit]

Bhatt family[edit]

Bhattacharya family[edit]

  • Pashupati Bhattacharya (vocalist and composer)
    • Kumar Sanu a.k.a. Kedarnath Bhattacharjee (playback singer, producer and music director – son of Pashupati Bhattacharya)

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Chakraborty family[edit]

Chakravarty family[edit]

The Chatterjee family[edit]

Chopra family[edit]

  • Priyanka Chopra (actress – cousin of Parineeti Chopra, second cousin of Meera Chopra)
  • Meera Chopra (actress – second cousin of Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra)
  • Parineeti Chopra (actress – cousin of Priyanka Chopra, second cousin of Meera Chopra)

Chopra-Johar family[edit]

Baldev Raj Chopra (left) and Yash Chopra (right)

Considered to be the most powerful family of the Hindi film industry, they have produced some of the country's biggest blockbusters and have worked in close quarters with all the leading superstars of the industry. The Chopra's form a group of three siblings, born to Vilayati Raj Chopra, all of whom work independently through different leading film production houses. The eldest brother, Baldev Raj Chopra, founded B.R. Films in 1947, which is now managed and run by his son Ravi Chopra, who is also a director and a producer. Baldev Raj Chopra was assisted by his youngest brother, Yash Chopra for a long time with B.R. Films, during which he directed and produced several hits for the company, however eventually branching out to form his own, Yash Raj Films, along with son Aditya Chopra. The youngest sibling Hiroo Chopra married veteran film maker Yash Johar and together founded Dharma Productions which is now run by their son Karan Johar.

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Deol family[edit]

Hema Malini(second from right) and Esha Deol (Third from right)

The Deols start with Dharmendra. His sons (Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol) went on to pursue a successful film career, who also own Vijayta Films. Esha Deol and Ahana Deol are the daughters of Dharmendra and Hema Malini. Esha has pursued a film career, whilst Dharmendra's nephew Abhay Deol has been in the industry since 2005, giving notable performances.

Devgan family[edit]

Deshmukh family[edit]

Dhawan family[edit]

Dutt family (of Guru Dutt)[edit]

Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone (9 July 1925 – 10 October 1964), popularly known as Guru Dutt (Konkani:गुरु दत्त), was an Indian film director, producer and actor. He made quintessential 1950s and 1960s classics such as Pyaasa (Thirsty), Kaagaz Ke Phool (Paper Flowers), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (The King, the Queen and the Jack) and Chaudhvin Ka Chand (The Fourteenth Day Moon in Muslim calendar but actually means full moon, a metaphor for beauty). In particular, Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool are now included among the greatest films of all time, both by Time magazine's All-Time 100 best movies and by the Sight & Sound critics' and directors' poll, where Dutt himself is included among the greatest film directors of all time. He is sometimes referred to as "India's Orson Welles". In 2010, he was included among CNN's "top 25 Asian actors of all time".

  • Guru Dutt (actor)
  • Geeta Dutt (singer – wife of Guru Dutt)
  • Shyam Benegal (director – his paternal grandmother, and Dutt's maternal grandmother were sisters)
  • Kalpana Lajmi (director – maternal niece of Guru Dutt)
  • Amrita Rao (actress – her grandfather and Guru Dutt were second cousins)
  • Preetika Rao (actress – sister of Amrita Rao, her grandfather and Guru Dutt were second cousins)

Dutt family (of Sunil Dutt)[edit]

Jaddanbai, the founder of the family, started as a singer and eventually became a film composer and filmmaker. Her daughter Nargis began her film career at age six when cast by her mother in one of her films. Nargis went on to become a major star in the 1940s and 1950s. Sunil Dutt also acted in the industry in the 1950s. Nargis went into semi-retirement after their marriage in 1958, and full retirement in 1967, but Sunil continued to act until the early 1990s. Their son Sanjay has pursued a successful film career since 1981 and continues to act today. Nargis died from cancer in the year her son made his debut and Sunil Dutt died in May 2005.

The Dutt family is also known for its political involvement. Sunil was elected five times to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India) and, at his death, was a cabinet minister under Manmohan Singh. Nargis was a nominated member of the Parliament's upper house, Rajya Sabha, and died in office in 1981. After Sunil's death, their daughter Priya Dutt ran for, and was elected to, Sunil's vacant seat in the Lok Sabha. She continues to serve in that body.

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Ganguly family[edit]

The Ganguly brothers – Anoop Kumar, Ashok Kumar and the famous Kishore Kumar (left to right) – with their mother
Main article: Ganguly family

Ashok, Kishore and Anoop Kumar have all acted in the industry. Their family is related to the Mukherjee family through the marriage of Sashadhar Mukherjee to their only sister Sati Devi.

Ghatak family[edit]

  • Suresh Chandra Ghatak (district magistrate, a poet and playwright; 9 children)
    • Manish Ghatak (eldest son of Suresh Chandra Ghatak, Bengali poet and novelist)
      • Mahasweta Devi (daughter of Manish Ghatak & Dharitri Devi, niece of Ritwik Ghatak; Indian social activist and writer)
      • Bijon Bhattacharya (married to Mahasweta Devi, prominent Indian theatre and film personality from Bengal)
    • Ritwik Ghatak (filmmaker, script writer and actor)
      • Parambrata Chatterjee (son of Satinath and Sunetra Ghatak Chattopadhyay; actor, director and film maker)

Goswami family[edit]

Manoj Kumar was born as Harikishan Goswami in 1937 in Abbottabad. He started his film career in 1957. But it was films like Pathar ke Sanam and Woh Kaun Thi which gave him fame. His career took a different phase when he launched his production house Vishal International, giving classics like Upkar, Purab aur Paschim, Roti Kapda aur Makan and Kranti which earned him the title of "Bharat Kumar". Though he is a Bollywood legend, his sons were unsuccessful in Bollywood.

Gulzar family[edit]

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Haasan-Ratnam family[edit]

Originated in South India, Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam are two of the biggest names in the industry.

Hussain family[edit]

The Hussain family starts with Nasir Hussain, who is the eldest man in the family. He is a veteran film writer, producer and director and made his writing debut with the 1953 super hit, Anarkali for Filmistan studios, where he joined as a freelancer. Nasir later went on to start his own production house named Nasir Hussain Films and made evergreen cult films like Teesri Manzil and Yaadon Ki Baraat. Nasir Hussain's younger brother, Tahir Hussain, is also a filmmaker and has been a producer and presenter for a number of films. Nasir Hussain has two children; an elder son Mansoor Khan, and a younger daughter, Nuzhat Khan. Nuzhat Khan married Anil Pal, an engineer and had one child, Imran Khan. Tahir Hussain and his wife Zeenat Hussain have four children; Farhat Khan, Aamir Khan, Faisal Khan and Nikhat Khan. Nasir Hussain launched, both Mansoor Khan and Aamir Khan with the 1988 blockbuster Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which was produced by Nassir Hussain Films and co-written by the two brothers, in their younger days. Aamir Khan's younger brother Faisal Khan is also an actor. Mansoor Khan and Aamir Khan, later launched their nephew, Imran Khan, with Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na in 2008. The film was made under the Aamir Khan Productions banner and was a huge hit.

  • Nasir Hussain (screenwriter, producer and director)
  • Tahir Hussain (film producer – younger brother Of Nasir Hussain)
  • Mansoor Khan (screenwriter, producer, director – elder son of Nasir Hussain)
  • Aamir Khan (actor – younger son of Tahir Hussain)
  • Kiran Rao (director – second wife of Aamir Khan)
  • Faisal Khan (actor – second son of Tahir Hussain)
  • Imran Khan (actor – eldest son of Nuzhat Khan)

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Kapoor family (of Jeetendra)[edit]

Kapoor family (of Prithviraj Kapoor)[edit]

Main article: Kapoor family

The oldest family in the industry, the Kapoor family have been in the industry since 1926. It is mainly Raj Kapoor's descendants who have carried on with the family tradition of acting, although others have tried with less success. Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor are the success stories from Raj Kapoor clan. Others who tried their hand with less success include Rajiv Kapoor (Raj's son), Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor (Shashi's sons). Shashi Kapoor's daughter, Sanjana Kapoor, with brother Kunal, has been successfully running Prithvi Theatre, founded in 1944 by Prithviraj Kapoor.

Kapoor family (of Surinder Kapoor)[edit]

He was the one who introduced this family to the world of Bollywood. Surinder Kapoor started his career as Geeta Bali’s secretary and went on to become a producer. He also happens to be a distant cousin of Prithiviraj Kapoor. A recipient of the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award, he served as President of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India for six years. He married Nirmal Devi and has four children – Boney, Anil, Reena and Sanjay.

Kapur-Pathak-Shah family[edit]

Khan family (of Salim Khan)[edit]

Story and script writer Salim Khan has written and produced a majority of the successful movies all through the 1970s and 1980s. Salim Khan was earlier a junior technician for various films and had not made any considerable mark in the field. Realizing the lack of writers in the movie making industry, he gradually learnt about story telling and writing techniques used in films, along with close friend and then business associate Javed Akhtar and began writing short transcripts. Salim-Javed (as they are famously called) have scripted innumerable commercially and critically accepted movies for movie making giants like Nasir Hussain (Yaadon Ki Baraat), Yash Chopra (Deewar), Yash Johar (Dostana), Ramesh Sippy (Sholay), Shekhar Kapoor (Mr. India) and Farhan Akhtar (Don – The Chase Begins Again). The duo split up in the early 1980s and ended their 15 year professional relationship for unknown reasons. Salim Khan married his first wife Sushila Charak and had four children with her; Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and Alvira Khan. His marriage to Sushila, however, did not last as Salim Khan married film star Helen thus making her his second wife. The newlywed couple lived separately and adopted a girl child, Arpita Khan, while Khan's first wife, Sushila, singlehandedly raised all the four kids. Sushila Charak Khan's eldest son, Salman, made his film debut at the age of 24 with Maine Pyaar Kiya in 1989 and eventually went on to become one of the most successful actors in the history of Indian cinema and is still considered to be one, among the most influential people of the country, enjoying heavy commercial and critical success throughout his career. Salman Khan, however, for unknown reasons, has never collaborated with his (writer) father on any film project in his two decade old career. The entire Khan family currently lives with their eldest son Salman Khan, in Galaxy Apartments on Bandra Bandstand Mumbai.

  • Salim Khan
    • Salman Khan (eldest son of Salim Khan and Sushila Charak Khan)
    • Arbaaz Khan (director, producer, writer and actor – second son of Salim Khan and Sushila Charak Khan)
    • Sohail Khan (director, producer, writer and actor – third son of Salim Khan and Sushila Charak Khan)
    • Atul Agnihotri (director, producer and writer – husband of Alvira Khan)
  • Helen (second wife of Salim Khan)

Khan family (of Yusuf Khan aka Dilip Kumar)[edit]

Dilip Kumar was born as Muhaamad Yusuf Khan on 1922, he is considered to be the ultimate method actor and has won several awards. His wife Saira Banu was also a successful actress in Bollywood. Filmmaker K Asif is also related to family as he was married to Dilip Kumar's sister.

Khan-Roshan family[edit]

Rakesh Roshan was an actor from the 1960s to the 1980s. Towards the 1990s he started directing films. His brother Rajesh is a music director and does the music for Rakesh's films. Rakesh introduced his son Hrithik in 2000 in the film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai which made Hrithik a star overnight.

Khanna family (of Rajesh Khanna)[edit]

Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia's daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinke Khanna have also acted in the industry. Twinkle Khanna left the industry after her marriage to actor Akshay Kumar.

  • Rajesh Khanna
  • Dimple Kapadia (actress – wife of Rajesh Khanna)
  • Twinkle Khanna a.k.a. Tina Khanna (actress – eldest daughter of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia)
  • Akshay Kumar a.k.a. Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia (actor and producer – son-in-law of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia)
  • Rinke Khanna (actress – younger daughter of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia)
  • Simple Kapadia (costume designer and actress – sister of Dimple Kapadia)

The Khanna family (of Vinod Khanna)[edit]

Vinod Khanna was a popular successful actor in the industry in the 1970s and 1980s. His sons Akshaye and Rahul both pursued a film career though Rahul has not been as successful.

Kher family[edit]

The Kher family includes the actors Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher. Their son is actor Sikander Kher. Anupam has starred in the international hit Bend It Like Beckham. He recently won the best actor award given by the Karachi International Film Festival for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005). Kiron Kher won the Bronze Leopard Award given by the Locarno International Film Festival for Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters (2003).

Kumar family[edit]

Gulshan Kumar was the founder of the T-Series (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.), the best known music label in India, and an Indian Bollywood movie producer.

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Mukesh family[edit]

Mukesh was an Indian playback singer of Bollywood.

Mangeshkar-Burman family[edit]

Mukherjee family[edit]

Mukherjee-Samarth family[edit]

Kajol, Tanuja, Tanisha Mukherjee at Esha Deol's (of Deol family) wedding reception

The Mukherjee-Samarth family have been active in the industry since the 1940s when Rattan Bai, mother of actor Shobhana Samarth, acted in the films. The current members of the Mukherjee-Samarth family who working are in the industry are actor Tanuja, actor Kajol (married to actor Ajay Devgan), actor Rani Mukerji (married to producer-director Aditya Chopra), actor Tanisha, and actor Mohnish Behl. Their family married into the Ganguly brothers. Mukherjees and Samarths came together by marriage between producer Sashadhar Mukherjee and Sati Devi's son Shomu Mukherjee and Shobhana Samarth and director Kumarsen Samarth's daughter Tanuja. Shomu Mukherjee's cousin married the sister of actor Debashree Roy.

N[edit]

Narayan Jha family[edit]

This family originated in Nepal.

O[edit]

Oberoi family[edit]

P[edit]

Pal family[edit]

  • Bipin Chandra Pal (Indian nationalist)
    • Niranjan Pal (playwright, screenwriter and director – son of Bipin Chandra Pal)
      • Colin Pal (actor, technician, journalist and publicist – son of Niranjan Pal)

Pandit family[edit]

  • Pandit Jasraj (Indian classical vocalist)
    • Jatin Pandit (composer; son of Pandit Jasraj's brother Indian classical vocalist Pandit Pratap Narayan)
    • Lalit Pandit (composer; son of Pandit Pratap Narayan)
    • Sulakshana Pandit (playback singer and actress; daughter of Pandit Pratap Narayan)
    • Vijayta Pandit (actress and playback singer; daughter of Pandit Pratap Narayan – married to Aadesh Srivastav)
    • Aadesh Srivastav (composer and singer – married to Vijayta Pandit)
      • Shweta Pandit (singer; daughter of Sulakshana and Vijayta Pandit's brother tabla player Vishwaraj Pandit)
      • Shrraddha Pandit (singer; daughter of Vishwaraj Pandit)
      • Yash Pandit (actor; son of Vishwaraj Pandit)
    • Durga Jasraj (television presenter; daughter of Pandit Jasraj)
    • Hemlata (singer; cousin of Sulakshana Pandit)
    • Jagdish Prasad (Indian classical vocalist; cousin of Sulakshana Pandit)

Pataudi family[edit]

Sharmila Tagore is married to Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who was an Indian cricket captain. She has also acted in Bengali films. Saif Ali Khan is a popular actor and is also a national award winner. Soha Ali Khan, has just started in the industry.

Patel family[edit]

Puri family[edit]

Madan Puri was probably the best known villain in the industry in the 1950s and late 1960s. His brothers Chaman Puri and Amrish Puri were also a very successful actors of their time.

  • Madan Puri (second brother of Chaman Puri and Amrish Puri)
  • Amrish Puri (youngest brother of Chaman Puri and Madan Puri)

Q[edit]

Qureshi family[edit]

  • Huma Qureshi (actress and model – sister of Saqib Saleem)
  • Saqib Saleem (actor and model – brother of Huma Qureshi)

R[edit]

Rajinikanth family[edit]

Rajkumar family[edit]

Ramsay family[edit]

The Ramsay Brothers are seven brothers of who had achieved cult status for producing, directing and editing B-grade horror films. They are the sons of F U Ramsay, who had made movies in the same genre. They are often referred to as The Horror Masters of India

Ray family[edit]

  • Upendrakishore Ray (writer, painter, violinist, composer, technologist and entrepreneur)
    • Sukumar Ray (poet, story writer and playwright – son of Upendrakishore Ray)
      • Satyajit Ray (film director, producer, screenwriter, writer, music director and lyricist – son of Sukumar Ray)
      • Bijoya Ray (actor and playback singer – wife of Satyajit Ray)
        • Sandip Ray (director – son of Satyajit Ray and Bijoya Ray)

Roy-Bhattacharya family[edit]

Roy-Joshi family[edit]

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Samanta family[edit]

Sen-Dev Varma family[edit]

Sen family[edit]

Shetty family[edit]

Sinha family[edit]

Sippy family[edit]

Suman family[edit]

References[edit]

Cites[edit]

  1. ^ The Dynamic Dynasties: What would the world of films be without them? Screen, September 22, 2000.
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0080324/bio
  3. ^ "Slrrp! Slrrp!". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 4 March 2005. 

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