26 Atheist Movies Stars in India.

26 Atheist Movies Stars in India.

 

“Does god exist”? This question itches humanity ever since we started thinking. Many great scientists and scholars researching in this subject and failed miserably to conclude that chapter with a full proof explanation. And I personally believe atheist and theist are co-related and we can’t completely ignore either of their arguments. There are many celebrities who are actually non-believers ,rationalist, atheist, agnostic whatever we call by name but they make sure not to revel that publicly because  as far as India in concerned religion is a major USP  up to a extend in every walk of life. So even though many celebrities are atheist only few shown Courage to declare that.

  • List is purely based on my research.

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1: Kamal Hassan 

( DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER/ACTOR):

  • Born as?:Hindu.

Even though he born and brought up in a traditional religious Tamil Brahmin family he refused follow typical idol worshiping in Hindu religion. Rationalist and an atheist in his personal life. But he mastered all religious epics in early stage of life itself and in his movies religion and god comes most often to discuss. “Religion should be treated as personal as sex. People should consider the question ‘What religion do you follow?’ as awkward as ‘How well did you fuck your wife last night?’

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Kamal_Hassan

 

2: Mani Rathnam

(famous and courage’s film maker in Bollywood):

  • Born as?:Hindu:

Finest Indian director who is well known for his movies Bombay, “Kannathil Muthamittal”, Roja, Anjali which won National Film Award. Even though he is professed atheist in his latest film disaster “kadal” Shown a visible inclination to god and believers unlike his other movies.

Mani-Ratnam
Mani-Ratnam

 

3: Sreenivasan

  • famous Malayalam film writer and director
  • Born asL Hindu

“Since we hail from Thalassery kanur district of Kerala India, we were Communists. It was something taken for granted. As a child, I was never in the habit of going to temples. But, I saw my friends visiting places of worship on the eve of examinations. Then I used to make a secret pact with God that I would do all kinds of things to appease the Gods, if I passed the examination. For some time, I was an atheist. But, there was always a secret fear whether God would decide to punish me for not fulfilling all the promises that I had made during a crisis. On the insistence of my friends, I started visiting a number of places of worship – temples, mosques and churches. One has to be wise to be a believer. But one has to be a scholar to be an atheist. So, after a great deal of thought, I have decided to be a believer.”

 

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Sreeni

 

4: Ram Gopal 

( Director/producer/writer):

  • Born as?:Hindu:

“Ever since I realized I was an atheist, I never went to a temple, and even when there was Ganpati puja at home my only interest was in the sweets and that I could keep the textbooks away for three days,” said the director who has many popular films like the “Corporate” under his belt.

Ram-Gopal-Varma
Ram-Gopal-Varma

 

5: Karuna Nidhi

5 time chief minister of Tamil nadu, secular and writer:

  • Born as? Hindu:

Hindu-bashing is nothing new for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, an avowed atheist who has been peddling the rationalist principles of his mentor Periyar.

 

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6: Suhasini

(wife of famous director Mani Rathnam)

  • Born as? Hindu:

I don’t believe in God, in prayer, in going to temples begging God to give me and my family happiness. I am not asking everyone to be an atheist, but good thoughts are not spent in a temple. You are not going to make money merely by reciting slokas; you need to know the share market, mutual funds and so on. I am learning French even though I am a housewife, a mother, daughter, friend, agony aunt to friends and family. I am practical. That is why I am into social work.

 

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Suhasini-Maniratnam

 

7: Zoya Akhtar

  • Born as? Muslim:

Zoya Akhtar was born on January 9, 1974 in Bombay (now Mumbai). She is the daughter of poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and a granddaughter of Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar. Her mother is screenwriter Honey Irani, and her brother is the film director, actor, producer, singer, and lyricist Farhan Akhtar. Zoya was brought up atheist, as her father Javed Akhtar stated in his speech “Spirituality, Halo or Hoax”

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zoya

 

8 :Javad Akhtar

  • Born as?:Muslim.

Since I am an atheist, I have no concept of any life before or after this life. I believe that human society is a club and I have been give temporary membership, with lot of privileges. So, before quitting, it becomes my moral duty, as a decent member of club, to contribute something towards the club. To me, that is life and that is the purpose of the life.

 

Javed-Akhtar
Javed-Akhtar

 

9:Farhan Akhtar

  • Born as?:Muslim.

Farhan was born to screenwriters, Honey Irani (Farhan’s mother) & Javed Akhtar (Farhan’s father) in Mumbai. Shabana Azmi (actress) happens to be Farhan’s step mother. The famous Urdu poet by the name of Jan Nisar Akhtar is Farhan’s grandfather and Farah Khan (Hindi film director cum dance choreographer) is Farhan’s cousin. Farhan says that he has been brought up as a nonbeliever, in other words an atheist.

Farhan-Akhtar
Farhan-Akhtar

 

10 :Thilakan

  • (Noted later actor in Malayalam film) :
  • Born as?:Hindu:

“As an atheist, I feel I am better off than the believers. At least I act and speak according to my conscience.”

Thilakan
Thilakan

11: Rahul Boss

  • Born as?: Hindu:

God is within us. I don’t attach any figure or name to it. I don’t believe in any organized religion. I think God is within each of us. God is within me it is compassionate, funny and mature. It is me and my best. The best attributes in us is what I call God, be it honesty, sincerity or anything you feel is the best in you. I don’t pray to any figure or body. I just pray to myself to expand the best of me so that it fills my entire entity. We should recognize that God is within us and try to expand ourselves. We should be the best in whatever we do and that’s where God lies. I am an atheist, but being so doesn’t stop me from respecting those who believe in religion. Every individual has the right to lead his or her life according to their wish and I respect that. I don’t try to influence anyone or force my opinion on them. Also, my beliefs cannot be influenced by anyone. In fact, my mother has always been religious, but she never compelled me to follow any religion. She let me be myself and take my own decisions. I am not religious, but I do visit religious places. This is because I enjoy looking at the architectural beauty.I have been to various dargahs and temples including the dargah in Agra and Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai. I am always calm, peaceful and energetic. I don’t believe in the presence of any Higher Power. People say that they turn to the Higher Power when they are depressed or when they face any adversity.However, I have never really felt that there is something beyond us. I turn to myself when I am sad or depressed. I listen to music, watch a movie or just lie down in my bed.

Rahul-Bose
Rahul-Bose

 

12: Nandita Das

Famous bollywood actress .

  • Born as?:Hindu.

” Thankfully, I am much more of an optimist and, therefore, now for over 20 years I have been religiously (there ought to be another expression for us atheists!) ‘celebrating’ the Women’s Day.”–From her website.

Nanditha das
Nanditha das

 

13: Anurag Kashyap

  •  Famous bollywood director.
  • Born as?:Hindu.

When asked about his religious worldview in an IAmA he did on reddit.com, Anurag replied, “I am an atheist. Cinema is the only religion I believe in”

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Anurag-Kashyap

 

14: Sathyaraj

Famous Tamil Nadu actor.

  • Born as:Hindu.
Sathyaraj
Sathyaraj

 

15:Amol Palekar

  • Born as?:Hindu.

One of the most prominent Marathi filmmakers and a once-upon-a-time actor of the ’70s, Amol Palekar turned director with the Marathi film Aakriet. “I am an atheist also. But I think to begin with, I am an agnostic.”

 

Amol-Palekar
Amol-Palekar

 

16: Rajat Kapoor

  • Born as:Hindu.

“I think God is a totally man-made concept that has been more harmful than beneficial to mankind. Man has waged war and hurt and killed each other for thousands of years in the name of a God he created. I believe there is no God, no heaven and no hell.

 

Rajat Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor

 

17:Shriram Lagoo

  • Shriram is a known non-religious rationalist. Once after being conferred with an award called Punyabhushan (Pride of Pune) on behalf of the organization called Tridal, he was interviewed by Sudhir Gadgil. When asked about Jabbar Patel’s play, wherein Dr. Lagoo had to stand before Lord Vitthal, “did you stand there as a devotee or only as per the demand of the script?” Lagoo replied “I stood there as if I was standing in front of a ‘stone’ that is known as Panduranga”.[7] He has written an article titled “Time to Retire God” which provoked hot discussions in the print media and other public platforms in India. This article was written as an introduction to a book on Dr. Abraham Kovoor. In this article Lagoo logically came to the conclusion that the concept of God is defunct. He is actively associated with the Anti-superstition movement in Maharashtra. He used to call god as another superstition and his lectures during the ANS programs used to go like this: “I do not believe in God and I feel it is now time to retire God. Concept of God is a very beautiful product of poet’s imagination and was essential during the initial stages of civilization but the time has come when one should face the world with a completely rational attitude. For the past five thousand years, there has been no proof of the existence of God and faith in a phenomenon, which cannot be proved scientifically, is nothing short of superstition. Many inhuman practices, atrocities and wars have taken place in the name of ‘God’. It is not only necessary, but also our duty to abolish the concept of God to end these consequences because it is a great injustice committed against humanity. “Only rational thinking has the capacity which places person above all living beings but when he/she believes in God he/she gives up this ability and blindly accepts what has been told. He/she submits his/her intellect to passive conditioning and then there is no difference between him/her and an animal. “In the early stages of civilization, when human beings began to live in a society, the concept of superior being was necessary to maintain morality, which came out of fear. Also many of the natural phenomena which scared human beings and to which they could not attribute any reason, came to be regarded as manifestations of the divine power. But today when man has the mastery over nature and accepts any theory only after verifying it on a scientific basis, there is no need for the concept of a supreme being. What is needed is a broad based value system of humanity.”
Shriram Lagoo
Shriram Lagoo

 

18: Rajeev Khandelwal

  • Rajeev Khandelwal, the Indian Television and Bollywood Actor from Jaipur, Rajasthan. “I love to call myself an atheist. By atheist, I don’t mean i would stand up and start delivering speeches on the non-existence of God. I am the kind of person who doesn’t like wasting time on visiting religious places or performing rituals.They don’t help me in any way.Even before the release of my movie, i neither prayed nor visited any place of worship. I hate superstitions. In fact, if someone advises me to approach an astrologer or some tarot card reader, i get furious. I find such people extremely foolish. However, i am not against people who believe in God. In fact, if someone invites me to any religious place, i accompany him or her. I consider it a plain gesture that i can show for people who love me. My family members are very religious. My mother is totally into puja path and so is my father. I am not saying that ceremonies are bad. I believe every person has the right to do what he or she wants, but you should remember that just going to temple, church or masjid is not going to solve your problems.
Rajeev Khandelwal
Rajeev Khandelwal

 

19: G. Devarajan

  •  Music Composer, Malayalam Films
Devarajan
Devarajan

 

20:Vijay Tendulkar

  • : leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer and literary essayist.
Vijay Tendulkar
Vijay Tendulkar

 

 

21:Adithya 

  • Famous South Indian Film Actor [Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films .
Adithya
Adithya

 

22:Nagesh Kukunoor

  • Film producer/ director.

“Personally, I am an atheist and have no faith or belief in supernatural forces”

Nagesh Kukunoor
Nagesh Kukunoor

 

 

23 Shyam Benegal 

  • –(Prolific Director and Screenwriter.) :

 

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Shyam_Benegal

 

24: Sahir Ludhianvi

Urdu poet and Hindi lyricist.

  • Although Sahir Ludhianvi remained a bachelor all his life, he had two failed love affairs with journalist Amrita Pritam and singer/actress Sudha Malhotra, respectively[citation needed]. These relationships could not be cemented in marriage because these womans’ fathers refused to let them marry a Muslim. In fact, Sahir Ludhianvi was an atheist (thankfully, they never found out; at that time this was considered worse than being a Muslim)
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sahir-ludhianvi

 

25: Mahesh Butt

Famous film personality.

  • The son of a Muslim mother who was kept away from the main Bhatt family, Mahesh waged a war with “God” in his childhood when he would go into his Hindu father’s house, an utterly humiliating experience for the sensitive, forever-questioning child. He had vowed then that only success would give him respect and a place in society; success would be his only God.
Mahesh-Bhatt
Mahesh-Bhatt

 

26:Ramoji Rao 

  • Telugu Indian businessman. Owner of ETV It could manifest in two ways: one is a value-based life, the other one is a religion-attached life. I belong to the first category. God to me is a creation of man. As a child, I believed in God. I would walk for three miles to school, barefoot, and pass each day a goddess temple with whom I bargained for good grades or some other nice thing. Belief takes you a long way. When you feel you can do it, then you achieve it. So the belief in God may be a psychological way of achieving it.
Ramoji_Rao
Ramoji_Rao

 

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  • VT Atheist

    There’s probably no GOD
    Definitely no hell or heaven
    So be a good citizen, good human being and a Bold person

    • cm

      Ha ha athiests. Making claim without any evidence. And should know that only with religious thought we are what we are today, a civilized society.

      • VT Atheist

        So are ISIS

        • hotsaif

          Isis r atheist u foool

          • thunderstrike

            hahaha thats hilarious.

          • Sanath Chavan

            ISIS are not atheists retard, atleast get your info correct instead of spouting bulllshit, they are more theists than any human being on this planet could be

      • thunderstrike

        i have proof for non-existence. but it can’t be seen or felt and i won’t show it. but you have to believe it. sounds familiar?

      • SHAMSHEER

        Any fool can laugh at anybody, only shrewd people can criticize anything. Civilized society would not fool around what we Indian doing today on the name of God which is not in existence. Be put up with man, that is civilization-not mocking.

      • Yadukrishnan T

        “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence” – Christopher Hitchens

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  • Mohammed Kaleem

    for a True believer surely there is peace and comfort how a child gets from his or her parents but for Atheist even Al mighty merciful God takes care BUT if he dies as an unbeliever only then God has right to ask him because God has given him a beautiful gift of reason which he has purposefully shut.

    • SHAMSHEER

      He attends so many fanatic religious classes and vomit those here! How convenient, isn’t?

      • Ben Babu

        Tell that to millions killed by both christian , Hindu and Muslim fanatics.

        • @Ben: Its happens every where. I am not intending to insult any caste or creed with my article. I just want to share the list. Lets all live in peace together.

  • M Raghavan

    This article is far too simplistic, looking at religion and God from a Christian perspective. South Indian atheism is less about God than it is about rituals and . In the North, movie stars can say this to justify themselves in Indian film, but ask them to say that in front of their mullah.

    • Hello Raghavan Sir

      Yes you are right and to the point.

    • Ben Babu

      “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” Religion asserts without evidence science dismisses it with evidence. Just because we don’t know something doesn’t mean by default that it was created by an external entity.

      It takes a bad person to do bad things to others and a good person does good things. But it takes religion to make a good person do bad things.

  • Kaushik Sarker

    I see many pseudo-atheists.

  • Gaurav Todankar

    Entire atheist’s sect mark their presence by differentiating or questioning the thiest and their idealogy. I think theist’s wins as they are better, at least they respect the difference between inter-religion ritual or activities, even as their own religion does not permit.There are 80% people believing in religion in peace (mostly) and 14-20% of atheist we come across questioning and differentiating against (most, not all), Its not about the existence of almighty or supernatural power, its about how we conduct. If atheist’s believe in hard-work and persistence, it is their God, or their way of thinking, so as thiest

    • Hi Gaurav,

      In short words you written something thought provoking. So the bottom line of your comment is “Theist are better than Atheist in a totality”. I am not the guy who is you know educated enough to give reply to you ,Because i am an agnostic. So i hope any one from Atheist community give you reply for this.

    • Yogesh Tiwari

      bullshit, you really think a hindu would respect a muslim eating beef? get over yourself, this is only one reason out of many. and as far as “better” is concerned, so you and me are all same species and one does better because it feels better not to be an asshole, and for some they feel better being the other way, Religion gives one more chance. and atheists dont have that reason atleast, or even nationality for a matter of fact, because its all just one rock we all are living on.

      • Gaurav Todankar

        Exactly my point atheist at its best, show how beautiful you are and not how ugly I am.

        And Going by ur frustrated hatred you make no difference compared to a hindu – muslim fight, its just that you have replaced them by a theist & an athiest (going by ur thoughts its as if they hate / riot every-time).

        • Yogesh Tiwari

          dude, i have got no hate for you neither any atheist would, its just about such believes that bother atheists which are screwing up the world around them, and there is alot more than religion when one becomes atheist. the believes that lead hindu and muslim to fight are very different, whereas atheist are talking about the world as it is not as what i think, and that is the difference between “hatred” of an atheist to bullshit believes and hatred between two diff religious groups.