Meet Bollywood's All-Time Famous Actor Brother Trio’s
Posted On: 09 May 2022 | Last Updated : 14 Dec 2022 | Views : 5.2k
A trio can be in the reference to literally anything that is in the number three. When talking about famous trios, one always thinks about ‘The Three Musketeers', ‘The Golden Trio from Harry Potter’, ‘The Power Puff Girls’, etc. Similarly, Bollywood too has many famous trios, ranging from trio-music composers, trio-film directors to famous trio Bollywood siblings. Talking about siblings, Bollywood is filled with successful sibling celebrities. It’s an advantage when you and your sibling have the same career, you get first-hand career advice plus you learn from each other’s experience and grow together. While there are many famous sibling trios in Bollywood, the list of famous actor-brother trios is limited, and today, we’re going to talk about Bollywood's most famous actor-brother trios of all time. Stay tuned for more such Bollywood-related updates, articles, topics, and trivia on movies and celebrities.
1. Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar & Kishore Kumar
Born in Hindu Bengali Brahmin family hailing from Madhya Pradesh, the Ganguly brothers – Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar, are credited as one of the most successful trio brothers of Bollywood. These celebrated trio actor brothers and their connections served as an important bridge between the Bollywood clans. Their only sister Sati Devi married Sashadhar Mukherjee, and became an important part of Samarth-Mukherjee family. The most popular movie featuring all three Ganguly brothers is Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), which was supposedly inspired by their father’s Chrysler that he bought in the late 1920s.
Ashok Kumar: Also known as Dadamoni, Ashok Kumar was the first in his family to enter Bollywood. The actor was known to have the longest acting career in Bollywood. Some of the important movies of his career include - Achhut Kanya (1936), Mahal (1950), Howrah Bridge (1958), Kanoon (1960), Jewel Thief (1967), Pakeezah (1972), Mili (1975), Khoobsurat (1980) and many more.
Anoop Kumar: Born as Kalyan Kumar Ganguly, popularly known by his stage name Anoop Kumar, the middle brother didn’t have as glorious an acting career as his brothers. He acted in over 65 Bollywood movies, including Jeevan Saathi (1957), Kashmir Ki Kali (1962), Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool (1968), etc.
Kishore Kumar: The youngest of the three brothers, Kishore Kumar was one of the greatest and most dynamic singers and actors in Bollywood. Some of the important movies of his career include Naukari (1954), Apna Haath Jagannath (1960), Jhumroo (1961), Half Ticket (1962), Daal Me Kala (1964), Padosan (1968), and many more.
2. Chetan Anand, Dev Anand & Vijay Anand
One of the most successful actors in the Indian film industry, Dev Anand was the third of the four sons born to his father. His eldest brother, Manmohan Anand was a well-known advocate just like their father, while the other three brothers – Chetan Anand, Dev Anand, and Vijay Anand were more into the Bollywood industry. Other than acting, the three brothers are also directors and producers, and jointly owned the production house Navketan Films. One of their younger sisters Sheel Kanta Kapur is the mother of prominent film director Shekhar Kapur.
Chetan Anand: Eldest of the trio-Anand brothers, Chetan Anand started his career as a screenwriter and director with the 1946 film Neecha Nagar. He made his screen debut with the 1957 film Arpan, and was also seen in Kala Bazar (1960) and Kinare Kinare (1963).
Dev Anand: Most important member of the Anand family, Dev Anand made his screen debut with the 1946 film Hum Ek Hain, and went on to act in over 100 films, including – CID (1956), Paying Guest (1957), Nau Do Gyarah (1957), Kala Pani (1958), Kala Bazar (1960), Hum Dono (1961), Johny Mera Naam (1970), and many more.
Vijay Anand: Following the footsteps of his elder brothers, the youngest Anand brother, Vijay Anand, also known as Goldie Anand, became an actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his works in movies like Nau Do Gyarah (1957), Kala Bazar (1960), Jewel Thief (1967), Blackmail (1973), Bullet (1976), etc.
3. Chaman Puri, Madan Puri & Amrish Puri
Born in the Punjabi Hindu Family, the Puri brothers were best known for playing villainous roles. The three are also the first cousins of Indian singer and actor, K. L. Saigal. Chaman Puri, the eldest of the three brothers, was the first to come to Mumbai, and later, his brothers followed his steps and came into the film industry to establish their careers.
Chaman Puri: Eldest of the five siblings, Chaman Puri started his career with the 1938 film Street Singer, and later was seen in movies like Howrah Bridge (1958), The Train (1970), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Amir Garib (1974), etc.
Madan Puri: Madan Puri was the first in the Puri family to become an established actor, and he later helped his brother Amrish Puri to do the same. As a character actor mainly in negative roles, Madan Puri has done over 430 films, including Khazanchi (1941), Aamne Samne (1967), Sajan (1969), Daag (1973), Chor Machaye Shor (1974), Noorie (1979), etc.
Amrish Puri: Remembered for his iconic villainous roles in Bollywood movies, Amrish Puri was an important figure in Indian theatre and cinema. He is best known for his works in the movies like Nagina (1986), Mr. India (1987), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Karan Arjun (1995), Koyla (1997), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) and many more.
4. Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor & Shashi Kapoor
The oldest family in the film industry, The Kapoor family has been connected to Bollywood since 1926, starting with Dewan Bisheswar Kapoor and his son Prithviraj Kapoor, and since then, the family has continued to entertain us through generations. The actor-producer, Prithviraj Kapoor was one of the founding figures of Hindi Cinema. Following the footsteps of their father, Prithviraj Kapoor’s three sons – Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor carried on with the family tradition of acting successfully and became one of the top actor brothers trios of Bollywood.
Raj Kapoor: The eldest of the three brothers, Raj Kapoor started his acting career at the age of 10 with the 1935 film Inquilab. Some important movies of his career include Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Chori Chori (1956), Anari (1959), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Sangam (1964), Mera Naam Joker (1970), and many more.
Shammi Kapoor: Known for his unique dance style, actor Shammi Kapoor rose to fame and gained widespread recognition with the blockbuster hit Junglee (1961). His other important movies include – Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Janwar (1965), Teesri Manzil (1966), An Evening in Paris (1967), Brahmachari (1968), Andaz (1971), Jawan Mohabbat (1971), etc.
Shashi Kapoor: The third and youngest of the Kapoor brothers, Shashi Kapoor started his career as a child artist with the 1948 film Aag. Some important films of his career include – Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973), Deewaar (1975), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Shaan (1980), Silsila (1981), Namak Halaal (1982), and many more.
5. Feroz Khan, Sanjay Khan, Sameer Khan & Akbar Khan
Born to ‘Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli’ – an Afghan from Ghazni, Afghanistan, the Khan Brothers – Feroz Khan, Sanjay Khan, Sameer Khan, and Akbar Khan, started their career in the late 1950s and became a prominent cinematic family in Bollywood. Their talent wasn’t limited to just acting, but direction, film production and editing too. They mostly appeared in villainous or negative character roles and were at the peak of their acting career during the 1960s and 1970s.
Feroz Khan: The eldest of the four brothers, Feroz Khan started his career as a producer, and later took to acting. He has acted and directed a number of movies including – Qurbani (1980), Welcome (2007), Jaanbaaz (1986), Dayavan (1988), Yalgaar (1992), Janasheen (2003), and many more.
Sanjay Khan: Born Abbas Khan, better known by his stage name Sanjay Khan is an Indian actor, producer and film director. He has starred in movies like Dus Lakh (1966), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Intaquam (1969), Mela (1971), Dhund (1973), Nagin (1976), etc.
Sameer Khan: Sameer Khan, one of the lesser-known Khan brothers, has acted in many movies like Ek Phool Do Mali (1969), Gomti Ke Kinare (1972), Pyaar Ka Rishta (1973), Andhera (1975), etc.
Akbar Khan: Akbar Khan started his career as an assistant director to some filmmakers, and later established his career as an actor, screenwriter, editor and producer. He has acted in movies like Swati (1986), Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987), Tujhe Nahi Chhodunga (1989), Shootout at Wadala (2013), etc.
6. Amjad Khan, Imtiaz Khan & Inayat Khan
Many may not know, but the family line of actor Amjad Khan in Bollywood does not start with him but his father, Zakaria Khan, who was also an actor, better known by his screen name Jayant. He starred in movies like Nazneen (1951), Amar (1954), and Memdidi (1961), Haqeeqat (1964). Later, his legacy was maintained by his sons, who followed his footsteps and took acting as their career.
Amjad Khan: Eldest and most successful of the three brothers, Amjad Khan gained popularity for the villainous roles in most Hindi films. The most famous works of Amjad Khan include his role as Gabbar Singh in the 1975 classic Sholay. He has also acted in movies like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978), Yaarana (1981), Kaalia (1981), Satte Pe Satta (1982), Lekin… (1990), Ramgarh Ke Sholay (1991), and many more.
Imtiaz Khan: Imtiaz Khan was an actor and director, who had starred in movies like – Patni (1970), Do Bachche Dus Haath (1972), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Apradhi (1974), Anokha (1975), Dus Numbri (1976), and many more.
Inayat Khan: The youngest among the three brothers, Inayat Khan didn’t have as glorious an acting career as his other brothers, but he still was a part of Bollywood. He starred in the 1977 film Sahib Bahadur.
7. Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor & Rajiv Kapoor
Sons of the legendary actor Raj Kapoor led the fourth generation of the cinematic Kapoor family in Bollywood. The three remained in the shadow of their father’s success and were the leading men of Bollywood during the 1970s and 1980s. The three surely are one of the top 10 Bollywood trio brothers, who have opened the way for coming generations of the Kapoor family with their success.
Randhir Kapoor: Eldest of the three brothers, Randhir Kapoor was an established actor in the 1970s, who starred in many successful movies like Jeet (1972), Hamrahi (1974), Haath Ki Safai (1974), Lafange (1975), Ponga Pandit (1975), etc. During the 1980s, his acting career started to decline and he shifted his focus to film direction.
Rishi Kapoor: The most successful among the three, Rishi Kapoor was best known as the romantic hero, and his charm quickly made him one of the best and highest-paid actors of the 1970s and 1980s. He started his career as an adolescent in Raj Kapoor’s film Mera Naam Joker (1970), and later, established his career as an adult with the teen romance Bobby (1973). Other important movies of his career include Khel Khel Mein (1975), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Sargam (1979), Karz (1980), Prem Rog (1982), Chandni (1989) and Deewana (1992).
Rajiv Kapoor: The youngest of the three brothers, Rajiv Kapoor is best known for his movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). He has also starred in movies like Aasmaan (1984), Lover Boy (1985), Zabardast (1985), Hum Toh Chale Pardes (1988), Zimmedaaar (1990), etc.
8. Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan & Sohail Khan
The sons of famous Indian actor, producer, and screenwriter, Salim Khan – Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, and Sohail Khan, are one of the most famous trio brothers of Bollywood. Salim Khan’s family is an important show-business family of Bollywood, with multiple members of the family as actors, screenwriters, film directors, and producers in Indian cinema, making it one of the prominent Bollywood films clans.
Salman Khan: The eldest of Salim Khan’s sons and the most important part of Salim Khan’s cinematic family, Salman Khan established his acting career with the 1989 romantic drama Maine Pyar Kiya. He continued to act and soon became one of the top actors of Bollywood and starred in movies like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Karan Arjun (1995), Biwi No. 1 (1999), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Dabangg (2010), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Sultan (2016), and many more.
Arbaaz Khan: The Indian actor, director, and producer, Arbaaz Khan has worked in Hindi as well as Urdu, Telugu, and Malayalam films. Some of the movies featuring him include Qayamat: City Under Threat (2003), Hulchul (2004), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), Dabangg (2010), etc.
Sohail Khan: The youngest of the three brothers, Sohail Khan, like his brother, established himself as an actor, director, and producer in Bollywood. He has starred in movies like Darna Mana Hai (2003), Krishna Cottage (2004), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), Hello (2008), Tubelight (2017), etc.
9. Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath & Narendra Nath
The trio of actor-director brothers of Bollywood, Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath and Narendra Nath, are the part of cinematic Malhotra family. Prem Nath was the most prominent member of this family, who married actress Bina Rai. Their sister Krishna Malhotra married actor Raj Kapoor, which made them related to the Kapoor clan.
Prem Nath: The eldest and most successful brother, Prem Nath was a film actor and director, who has starred in movies like Barsaat (1949), Baadal (1951), Sagai (1951), Aan (1952), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Bobby (1973), Sanyasi (1975), Dharmatma (1975), and many more.
Rajendra Nath: The actor and comedian, Rajendra Nath has starred in many Hindi and Punjabi-language movies like Dil Deke Dekho (1959), Rajkumar (1964), Mere Sanam (1965), Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968), Prince (1969), Jeevan Mrityu (1970), Tum Haseen Main Jawaan (1970), Jawan Mohabbat (1971), etc.
Narendra Nath: The youngest actor brother in the trio of the Malhotra brothers, Narendra Nath was an actor who had a career spanning from the 1960s to the 1990s. He has starred in movies like Ganga Tera Pani Amrit (1971), Jawani Diwani (1972), Vardaan (1975), Deewaangee (1976), Guest House (1980), Meharbaani (1982), etc.
10. Lucky Ali, Macky Ali & Pucky Ali
The sons of legendary actor and comedian, Mehmood Ali – Lucky Ali, Macky Ali, and Pucky Ali followed the footsteps of their father and took acting as their primary career. Lucky Ali later shifted his focus to music and became a prominent Indipop figure during the 1990s.
Lucky Ali: One of the most important members of the Ali-Amrohi family, Lucky Ali started his career as an actor, but later became a full-time singer and songwriter. He has acted in movies like Yehi Hai Zindagi (1977), Ek Baap Chhe Bete (1978), Sur – The Melody of Life (2002), Kaante (2002), Kasak (2005), Runaway (2009) and many more.
Macky Ali: The third son of ace comedian Mehmood Ali and Ali brothers to join Bollywood, Macky Ali was an Indian actor, who has starred in movies like Kunwara Baap (1974), Ek Baap Chhe Bete (1978), and Tirchhi Topiwale (1998).
Pucky Ali: The eldest Ali brother, Pucky Ali is a former Indian actor, who has starred in movies like Ek Baap Chhe Bete (1978), Hamare Tumhare (1979) and Khud-Daar (1982).
11. Boney Kapoor, Anil Kapoor & Sanjay Kapoor
Many may not know but Surinder Kapoor, a Bollywood producer, was the first to introduce his family to Bollywood. He happens to be a distant cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor. Later, his sons – Boney Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Sanjay Kapoor, maintained his legacy and became one of the most famous Bollywood trio brothers of all time, with each doing his best in their field.
Boney Kapoor: One of the most successful film producers of Bollywood, Boney Kapoor was married to actress Sridevi and is the father of actors Arjun Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor. Many may not know, but after years of his career as a film producer, Boney Kapoor is all set to make his debut as an actor in Luv Ranjan's rom-com Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role.
Anil Kapoor: Regarded as one of the top actors of the 1980s, Anil Kapoor has starred in over 100 Bollywood films as well as a few international films. He started his career with a small role in the 1979 film Hamare Tumhare. He has acted in many commercially successful films including Meri Jung (1985), Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), Tezaab (1988), Ram Lakhan (1989), Lamhe (1991), Laadla (1994), Judaai (1997), and many more that won him several accolades throughout his career.
Sanjay Kapoor: The youngest of the three brothers, Sanjay Kapoor started his acting career with the 1995 romantic drama Raja. He has also starred in movies like Auzaar (1997), Mohabbat (1997), Sirf Tum (1999), Luck By Chance (2009), Shaandaar (2015), etc.