Who is the to 10 Bangladeshi Actors? Bangladesh has produced many talented actors who have made their mark in the country’s film industry as well as on the international stage. Choosing just 10 of the best is difficult, but here is my list of the top 10 Bangladeshi actors based on their acting skills, popularity, awards won, and contribution to cinema.
Top 10 Bangladeshi Actors
1. Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique
Known popularly as Riaz, he is considered one of the most talented and versatile actors in Bangladesh. He entered the industry in the early 80s and has acted in over 300 films in a career spanning more than 3 decades. Riaz is acclaimed for his natural acting style and his ability to play a wide range of roles from romantic heroes to action stars to comedic characters.
Some of his most notable films include Padma Nadir Majhi, Keyamat Theke Keyamat, Dui Duari, Chanda, Premik, and Amar Ache Jol. Riaz has received numerous awards for his acting including the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actor 5 times. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2015 for his contribution to Bangladeshi cinema.
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2. Chanchal Chowdhury
Chanchal Chowdhury is one of the top actors in Bangladeshi cinema today. He began his acting career in television dramas in the 1990s before transitioning to films. Chowdhury is renowned for his versatility, capable of playing both serious and comedic roles.
He first came to prominence with his performance in the film Bachelor in 2004. Some of his notable films include Hridoyer Kotha, Amar Ache Jol, Ghanchakkar, Television, Debi, and No Bed of Roses. For his portrayal of the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in the film Kazi Nazrul Islam, Chowdhury won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2018. He is one of the most awarded actors in Bangladesh with a total of 25 major awards under his belt.
3. Salman Shah
Widely considered as one of Bangladesh’s most popular and successful actors in the 90s, Salman Shah appeared in over 300 films in a short span of 13 years before his untimely death in 1996 at the age of 35.
With his good looks and natural acting talent, Shah became the biggest movie star of his time. He worked with all the top directors and co-stars of that era. Some of his memorable movies include Keyamat Theke Keyamat, Priya, Ajker Shahjahan, Nazrul Islam Raj, Tomar Amar, and Shontan.
Shah received numerous accolades including National Awards and international recognition for his acting. His tragic death at the pinnacle of his fame cemented his legendary status in Bangladeshi cinema.
4. Ferdous Ahmed
For over 30 years, Ferdous Ahmed has been one of the biggest names in the Bangladeshi film industry. He began his acting career in the mid-1980s and rose to fame quickly with commercially successful films like Sundori, Shoshur Bari Zindabad, Priya Tumi Shunchho, Tomar Amar Priya.
Ferdous is acclaimed for his romantic hero roles, garnering him the nickname ‘Prince of Romance’ in Bangladeshi cinema. But he has also played action roles, comedic characters, and villains with equal ease. With a career spanning over 200 films, Ferdous has remained popular through decades and generations of movie viewers.
He has received 4 Bangladesh National Film Awards including Best Actor for Monpura in 2009. Ferdous also enjoys popularity beyond films through his work in television and as a brand ambassador.
5. Shakib Khan
Shakib Khan is undoubtedly the biggest superstar in Bangladeshi cinema today. Since starting his film career in the late 90s, he has risen to become an actor with immense popularity and box-office pull. Shakib has starred in the highest grossing Bangladeshi films of all time – Bazi, King Khan, Hero 420, Ananta Jalil’s Monpura.
With his good looks, charismatic screen presence and versatility, Shakib has found great success as an action hero. But he has also done romantic, social and comedic roles in hits like Amar Prem, Priya Amar Priya, Rajlokkhi-Srikanto, Mon Jaane Na etc.
Shakib holds the record for maximum number of BFJA awards won for Best Actor. He also owns production and distribution companies, further cementing his top position in Bangladesh’s movie industry.
6. Zahid Hasan
A hugely respected actor, director and cultural personality in Bangladesh, Zahid Hasan has had an illustrious career since the mid-80s. Some of his best films as an actor include Aguner Poroshmoni, Shonkhonil Karagar, Padma Nadir Majhi for which he won National Award for Best Actor.
Hasan is known for his meticulous acting performances in roles that have both commercial appeal and artistic merit. He has often played police and detective roles but has portrayed a wide range of characters over 200+ films. Hasan has won numerous awards including National Film Awards and the coveted Ekushey Padak in 2018.
Apart from acting, he has also made critically acclaimed films as a director like Rupban, Shahjahan, Shuva. Zahid Hasan has made outstanding contributions across Bangladesh’s cultural sphere.
A charismatic actor with a magnetic screen presence, Alamgir is one of the most popular stars in the history of Bangladeshi cinema. He started his acting career in the 1970s at a young age. With hits like Dui Poisar Alta, Proyush, Mohona, Alamgir became an overnight sensation with his youthful energy and joyful persona that resonated with young viewers.
He was equally adept at romantic and action roles which he performed with an exuberant abandon. Alamgir acted in films throughout the 70s, 80s and into the 90s. Although he slowed down later in his career, films like Kistimaat, Prem Korbo Tomar Sathe, Ki Jadu Korila reaffirmed his enduring popularity.
Alamgir’s contribution in inspiring the youth through his screen roles and his impact on building Bangladeshi cinema is unforgettable. He was awarded the National Film Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.
Manna is a legendary actor of Bangladeshi cinema who has entertained audiences for five decades with his fabulous comic timing and trademark charming style. Debuting in the 1960s, he became embedded in the hearts of viewers with roles in films like Naiyer Ahmad’s Dui Bhai, Khan Ataur Rahman’s Nawab Sirajuddoula, Sheikh Niamat Ali’s Sangram etc.
Manna soon became an essential part of Bangladeshi films, especially through his impeccable comic acts in movies like Chinikkathazham, Ajker Nayak, Shami Shashi Kaler Ghor, Priya, Mayar Badhon, Mohona. Generations have grown up with his lovable, funny and romantic on-screen avatars.
Manna has received many awards including National Film Award for Best Actor. Now in his 70s, his dedication, talent and passion for acting continues to inspire newcomers in Bangladesh’s film world.
9. Amin Khan
Recognized for his good looks, style, and romantic appeal, Amin Khan ruled as the biggest film star and heartthrob of Bangladesh in the 1960s. His rise was meteoric following his film debut in 1964 with films like Kaise Kahun, Khana Deem, Behula. He became the top box-office star along with co-actress Shuchanda who was his romantic lead in many films.
Amin Khan exuded style and charisma in both contemporary and period roles. Some of his most memorable movies are Dui Bhai, Anowara, Thana Meetha, Mukh O Mukhosh etc. He had fantastic on-screen chemistry with actress Shabana which made them the most popular pair of the 60s.
Amin Khan continued acting into the 1970s and 80s. Though his glory days ended, he remains an important early legend in Bangladesh’s movie history.
10. Ilias Kanchan
A highly acclaimed actor, Ilias Kanchan has showcased his versatility in an acting career spanning over 200 films and several decades. Some of his notable roles were in films like Chhutir Ghonta, Hulia, Shonkhonil Karagar, Aguner Poroshmoni, Daruchini Dwip for which he won National Award for Best Actor.
Kanchan acted in commercially successful films as a hero in his early days. Later he took up strong character roles and antagonistic portrayals. Known for his deep, emotive acting, Kanchan has collaborated with respected directors like Ritwik Ghatak, Alamgir Kabir, Chashi Nazrul Islam.
Apart from acting, Kanchan has also directed critically praised films like Phiriye Dao, Prem Juddho. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2017 for his extensive creative contributions.
Answers to Common Google Searches on Top Bangladeshi Actors
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions on Google about top Bangladeshi actors:
Who is the No 1 actor in Bangladesh?
- Based on acting talent, popularity and box office success, Shakib Khan can be considered the number 1 actor in Bangladesh at present.
Who is the king of acting in Bangladesh?
- Riaz is often referred to as the ‘King of Acting’ in Bangladesh due to his powerful performances, versatility and contribution to cinema over 3 decades.
Who is World No 1 actor in Bangladesh?
- Though Bangladeshi actors have huge popularity nationally, none of them have yet achieved worldwide fame. In terms of acting caliber, Riaz and Chanchal Chowdhury can be considered World no. 1 actors from Bangladesh.
Who is the most handsome actor in Bangladesh?
- With their good looks, style and huge female fan following, Shakib Khan, Mahiya Mahi, Arefin Shuvo are regarded as the most handsome actors presently in Bangladesh.
Who is the richest actor in Bangladesh?
- According to available data, Shakib Khan has the highest net worth among Bangladeshi actors amounting to approx $40 million.
So in summary, this is my list of the top 10 actors in Bangladeshi cinema history – Riaz, Chanchal Chowdhury, Salman Shah, Ferdous, Shakib Khan, Zahid Hasan, Alamgir, Manna, Amin Khan and Ilias Kanchan. They have contributed immensely in taking Bangladesh’s film industry forward through their strong acting talents. The popularity and stardom enjoyed by top actors like Shakib Khan demonstrates the thriving commercial foundation of movie business in the country now. At the same time, meaningful cinema continues to be created, evident from critical successes of actors like Chanchal Chowdhury and Zahid Hasan. The future looks bright for emergence of more diverse talent to take the legacy of Bangladeshi acting stars forward in the decades ahead.