Prominent people associated with Himachal include The Great Khali, Anupam Kher, Amrish Puri (who studied here), Prem Chopra (brought up here),Mohit Chauhan, Anand Sharma (member of Rajya Sabha and Union Cabinet Minister for Commerce and Industry of the Government of India), Third Supreme Court Chief-Justice and former Prime Minister of Kashmir in 1947 Mehr Chand Mahajan, economist and former vice-president of World Bank Shahid Javed Burki, NSG Commando, Pritam Singh, Bollywood actresses Preity Zinta is the brand ambassador of the state while other famous people from Hindi cinema are Kangna Ranaut, Hollywood actress Namrata Singh Gujral, Satyananda Stokes who introduced the company "apple" in the region, writer Idries Shah, ornithologist Allan Octavian Hume (had his home here); former general of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and current president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai who both studied here. Vijay Kumar won silver medal in 25m shooting in 2012 Summer Olympics belong to village Harsore near Barsar in Hamirpur district.
Like most localized folklore, Bittu Bhaizee, a popular folk hero in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, originated as a social and moral guardian, an inhibitor against bad-deeds. The tale originates in the Rohru region located to the north of Shimla, the state capital. Some credit the invention to a great storyteller who lived in the Pabbar river valley in the late 18th century, popularly known as “Shanthala Chacha” but these reports are mostly legends in themselves as no records indicating such a person have ever been found.