Famous Indians

Name these famous people of Indian descent
May be of mixed heritage
Quiz by JWatson24
Last updated: February 6, 2022
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First submittedJuly 25, 2019
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Nationalist known for nonviolent resistance and the Quit India movement
Mahatma Gandhi
British actor who played the above and also starred in "Schindler's List" and "Iron Man 3"
Ben Kingsley
First Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
Current Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014, the first Sikh to hold the office
Manmohan Singh
Current Vice President of the United States, the first woman to hold that position
Kamala Harris
Religious leader known for ideas on suffering, reincarnation, and nirvana
Emperor who, after a bloody war, renounced violence and spread the above's religion
Economist who wrote India's constitution and campaigned against classism
B.R. Ambedkar
Frontman and songwriter for the band Queen
Freddie Mercury
Author who wrote Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses
Salman Rushdie
Nobel Prize Winning Poet who wrote the Indian national anthem
Rabindranath Tagore
Playback singer who sang in 36 languages, including Hindi, Marathi, and Bengali
Lata Mangeshkar
Iconic Bollywood actor whose film career spans from the 70s to present
Amitabh Bachchan
Bollywood actress and "Quantico" star married to Nick Jonas
Priyanka Chopra
Sitarist who collaborated with George Harrison and popularized Indian music in the West
Ravi Shankar
Actor who starred in "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and is known as the "King of Bollywood"
Shah Rukh Khan
Acclaimed filmmaker and director most famous for The Apu Trilogy
Satyajit Ray
British actor most famous for starring in "Slumdog Millionaire"
Dev Patel
Cricket Hall of Fame Inductee, part of the victorious 2011 World Cup squad
Sachin Tendulkar
Level 62
Aug 30, 2020
Too America centric.
Level 71
Nov 29, 2020
Many of the people who take quizzes on this website are American, so I think it's fair to include some. Kamala Harris especially deserves to be on here since she is now well known not just among Americans but among everyone. That being said, I took off some of the more obscure ones and replaced them with some more well-known figures.
Level 71
Nov 29, 2020
In case anyone is wondering about Indira Gandhi, I had her in the first iteration of the quiz, but I didn't like how typing in "Gandhi" would give away 2 answers, so I decided to just go with the more famous one. Still, without a doubt she is probably one of the most important figures in modern Indian history so I figured it would be worth mentioning her here.
Level 57
Dec 20, 2020
I don't think accepting Singh for the 1st Sikh to hold office is really fair since most Sikhs use Singh as their last name
Level 71
Dec 20, 2020
I did that on purpose. Some of these figures aren't very well known among Westerners (even though they are quite famous in India), so I wanted to include a few easier clues. I figure that mentioning that he was Sikh would cause more people to make the connection and thus make the clue easier.
Level 76
Dec 22, 2020
Because I'm sneaky and trying to have a hit quiz like you:
Level 78
Apr 24, 2021
Good one, and as a movie fan I'm glad that Satyajit Ray was included :)
Level 71
Feb 7, 2022
Yep, Satyajit Ray is pretty great. I've only watched two of his movies, Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and Hirak Rajar Deshe, but they're a lot of fun and really artistic, and I hope to watch more in the future. I feel like he's still not that famous outside of South Asia though, so it's so nice seeing you as a German (assuming that based on your user profile) taking interest in him!
Level 62
Feb 6, 2022
Lata ji deserved a spot. A great quiz otherwise.
Level 71
Feb 6, 2022
Yeah, I heard about her passing yesterday. Very sad, but I'm glad she lived a fulfilling life and was able to share her voice with millions. Accordingly, I've decided to put up a clue for her as a tribute.

I'm assuming you're the one who spotlighted this, so thanks for that!

Level 73
Feb 7, 2022
The koel of India will continue to live on with her immense contribution to Indian music industry.

RIP Lata Mangeshkar

Level 78
Feb 7, 2022
It was me who nominated this quiz. Let's hope we'll see it on the frontpage someday :)
Level 71
Feb 7, 2022
Oh whoops! I just assumed SM spotlighted because I only just noticed the spotlight when I read their comment. But anyways, thank you! And sorry for not responding to your earlier comment--I usually do but I guess I didn't see that one (and by the time I did, I figured it was too late to reply). I've finally gotten around to it :)