, much like in Hollywood back in the day, the actors and actresses of the industry are treated much like a modern aristocracy within India, a notion they live up to with their clans and many actors literally born into the business.
Here is an incomplete list of noteworthy actors and actresses. Because commenters on youtube and other places have a tendency to get nasty about the private lives of Bollywood celebrities, there has been an attempt to include, in a fairly dispassionate way
, the major scandals and controversies surrounding these people, to give tropers who are new to Bollywood some idea of what is being said about these screen personalities.
Not currently active and/or deceased: