Parsis who made it BIG!
Parsis are undoubtedly the most chilled-out and fun people around. They are mostly portrayed as Rustom and shown as the most friendly people with little different appearance. Talk to them, spend time and they will make your day better off. Today, Parsis are found everywhere – From steel and textile industry to Bollywood. So, we’ve rounded up popular Parsis.
1. Daisy Irani
One of the oldest Parsi stars, Daisy Irani was a popular Bollywood child artist in the 50s and 60s. She generally played the role of a little boy with curly hair, along with her younger sister Honey Irani. Some of her most remembered movies, include Jagte Raho, Naya Daur, Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke and Musafir.
2. Dinyar Contractor
You may not know his name, but a popular television and film actor, Dinyar Contractor is best known for his role as college principal in Khiladi, as Judge in Khichdi: The Movie and as Lobo in 36 China Town.
3. Ratan Tata:
An industrialist and the driving force behind the world’s cheapest car, Mr. Tata served as chairman of the steel, tea, motor and hotel conglomerate Tata Sons for two decades. He is well known for his commitment to philanthropy in a country where many of the richest citizens are loath to part with their wealth.
4. Freddie Mercury
The late lead singer of British rock band Queen was born Farrokh Balsara to Indian Parsi parents in the east African British protectorate of Zanzibar, now Tanzania. Mercury, best known for writing and performing Queen’s most popular songs like “I Want To Break Free” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” died of AIDS in 1991. “I am not going to be a star. I am going to be a legend,” is one of the musician’s most famous quotes.
5. Booman Irani
Born into a Parsi family, Boman is a professional photographer and actor. He started with advertisements for Fanta and Krackjack biscuits and later featured in movies like Munnabhai M.B.B.S., Main Hoon Na, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dostana, 3 Idiots and many more.
6. Nauheed Cyrusi
Born to a Parsi Family, Nauheed Cyrusi has done music videos like Piya Basanti. She has also been seen in a number of advertisements on television and print media. She made her Bollywood debut in Padam Kumar’s Supari.
7. Shiamak Davar
Ace choreographer Shiamak Davar has been titled of being “the guru” of modern and contemporary dance. He is known for his popular dance sequences in movies like Taal, Kisna, Bunty Aur Babli and Mission Impossible 4
8. Adi Godrej
The billionaire chairman of Indian conglomerate Godrej Group, which runs companies that sell everything from animal feed to real estate to shampoo, Mr. Godrej is India’s 8th richest man, according to Forbes. Classic Godrej products include the “Nav-Tal” lock, a sturdy padlock, and the Storwel, a secure steel cupboard.
The multifaceted Farhan Akhtar is the son of Javed Akhtar and a Parsi mother, Honey Irani. Akhtar is a director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer, lyricist and television host. He started his career as a director and made movies likeDil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Don and more. Later, he put his hands in acting and acted for Rock On!!, Luck By Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do.
10. John Abraham
Born as Farhan Abraham to a Malayali Nasrani father and a Parsi mother, John Abraham is a popular model, actor, and now a producer. He made his film debut with Jism, followed by Dhoom and Water, to name a few. John has also produced critically acclaimed flicks like Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe.
11. Farha Khan & Sajid Khan
This sister-brother duo are half-Parsi born to Kamran Khan and Menaka Irani (sister of Daisy Irani). Choreographer, director, actor and now television host and reality show judge, Farah Khan has directed various hits, choreographed more than 100 songs and acted in Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. While Sajid Khan started his career with acting in Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate. he has directed movies like Heyy Baby, Humshakals and Housefull series, to name a few.