Here we have to get you a listing of several of the best Bollywood actresses to ever grace the business. Some have since retired, whereas some are only just getting started in their livelihood.
Key films:’Mahal’ (1949),”Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960),”Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ (1958)
Regarded as one of the most beautiful Indian actresses in history, Madhubala (1933-1969) functioned in nearly every genre from the 1950s. She’s remembered for her dance servant role in’Mughal-e-Azam’, which exhibited her emotional variety and dance abilities.
Her comic turn in’Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ revealed she had been more than just a pretty face. In a movie industry where beauty is frequently more significant than acting ability, Madhubala had the looks and the ability. Regrettably, she remains one of Bollywood’s most underrated actresses.
Key films:’Awara’ (1951),”Mother India’ (1957),”Raat Aur Din’ (1967)
Showing her era from a teen to a village elder, Nargis’s legendary performance in’Mother India’ showcased her incredible talent as a celebrity.
Nargis started off her career mostly in amorous social dramas reverse her alleged real life buff Raj Kapoor and was generally cast as an educated, classy, liberal urban girl. But it was just after she broke off her affiliation with Kapoor and starred in’Mother India’ her iconic status has been affirmed.
Key films:’Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ (1962),’Main Chup Rahungi’ (1962),’Pakeezah’ (1972)
Called the’tragedy queen’, Meena Kumari (1932-1972) specialised in playing girls who have been treated badly by their own society and men generally. Countless Indian girls empathised with her portrayals, turning her tearjerkers to money-spinners.
Kumari sometimes lurks to comic and formulaic’dancing-around-the-trees’ functions, but it’s her realistic portrayals of their unhappy lives of girls that still resonate today. She passed away soon after the launch of her mythical’Pakeezah’ (1972).
Key films:’Lal Patthar’ (1971),”Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972),”Sholay’ (1975)
Active: 1968 to current
Inspired by all as the’dream girl’ of India, Hema Malini (born 1948) reigned as the undisputed Queen of Bollywood for more than a decade by the early 1970s. She had been the go-to pick for the business’s main filmmakers and her honest Tamilian looks assured her success.
Malini was educated in Indian classical dancing, a skill she had used for her benefit from the quite a few dances which heroines of her age were expected to execute. She’s remembered for her portrayal of the feisty village woman Basanti at Bollywood’s most renowned film’Sholay’.
Key films:’Khubsoorat’ (1980),”Umrao Jaan’ (1981),”Khoon Bari Maang’ (1988)
Active: 1970 to current
There is no doubt that Rekha (born 1954) is Bollywood’s ultimate diva. Her transformation in the abysmal, obese starlet to glamorous, slender and sensitive celebrity is mythical.
In her first career, Rekha made her title as a sex symbol, also yet one that seemed indifferent to behaving. From 1980, she had established herself as a serious actress with a willingness to experiment with acute’arty’ feminist film.
She’ll always be remembered for her onscreen pairings using Amitabh Bachchan — the origin of endless gossip among Bollywood lovers.
Key films:’Mr India’ (1987),”Chandni’ (1989),”Lamhe’ (1991)
Active: 1975 to current
Much like Hema Malini and Rekha, Sridevi (born 1963) is just another Tamilian woman from South India who came to Bombay and became a yearlong actress.
Her breakthrough hit,’Himmatwala’ (1983) got Sridevi the disagreeable label’thunder thighs’. She soon silenced her detractors with a series of strong female characters and the kind of raw sexuality which hadn’t been observed before in Bollywood.
An excellent dancer, she awakens in comic characters, along with her turn as Miss Hawa Hawai in’Mr India’ remains one of the funniest sequences .
Key films:’Beta’ (1992),’Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!
Active: 1984 to current
Madhuri Dixit (born 1967) was the queen of Bollywood from the 1990s, and it’s easy to see why. Together with her flawless smile and first-rate dance abilities, Dixit had a knack of catching the limelight in the direct, even in male-dominated movies.
It helped that she had been a capable actress and her squeaky clean private picture also assured that she had been the darling of the masses for nearly a decade. Dixit was instrumental in creating the currently normal addition of a saucy’item’ tune in virtually every significant movie.
Key films:’Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995),’Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998),’Kabhi Khushie Kabhie Gham…’ (2001)
Active: 1992 to current
Kajol (born 1974) might have acted in comparatively few movies, but each single entrance on her CV is a milestone Bollywood title.
Her exposed portrayal of Simran, a British Punjabi woman who wants to fall in love against her father’s wishes in’Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1995) struck a chord with all Indian girls at home and overseas.
Kajol was different because she rejected the Bollywood standard and refused to become stick-thin. Rather she allow her natural acting ability glow on screen and she remains among those best-loved Indian actresses.
Key films:’Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999),”Devdas’ (2002),”Dhoom 2′ (2006)
Active: 1997 to current
It was nearly inevitable that Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai (born 1973) would turn into a Bollywood star. After a few flops in the 1990s, she had been written off as a celebrity. She awakened in 1999 with 2 consecutive strikes, which demonstrated she would dance with the finest of these though her acting abilities remained suspicious.
Rai has since tried to break into Hollywood with limited success. In 2007, in the summit of her achievement, she wed Abhishek Bachchan, son of the legendary’Big B’. She’s continued acting because her marriage, demonstrating that wed actresses in India may continue to be successful.
Key films:’Om Shanti Om’ (2007),’Love Aaj Kal’ (2009),’Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (2013)
Active: 2006 to current
Bollywood’s current top woman, Deepika Padukone (born 1986) has cannily bagged characters in many movies starring Shah Rukh’King’ Khan, therefore ensuring looks in a series of blockbusters.
Since her positive debut in’Om Shanti Om’ (reverse Khan), Padukone has shown herself a significant participant, thanks in no small part for her dusky appearances and robust dance moves. Her non-SRK movies are equally successful, demonstrating this Bangalore woman is really capable of beating Bollywood on her own.