In 1913, the first-ever Indian movie got released, where the female role was played by male actors. Bollywood has evolved so much over the years. Since the last century, Bollywood has witnessed several leading actresses lighting up the cinema with their astonishing charm and aura. But, only a few actresses have made a special place in the hearts of their fans. We have also a list of Hollywood Actresses and the Most Handsome Men In The World.
In this article, we have shortlisted 10 Bollywood actresses of all time, who stood above all the other ladies and left their remarks in history. Here’s the list of the top 10 Bollywood actresses.
Madhubala (1933-1969), one of the most beautiful Bollywood actresses, was born in New Delhi, India on 14 February 1933. Her actual name was Mumtaz Jahan Begum Dehlavi. She starred in almost every genre in the 1950s. She is regarded as the most influential Bollywood actress of all time.
Madhubala has given various hit films, like Mahal. But she is popularly known for her role as ‘Anarkali’ in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. She had to take responsibility for her family from a very young age. Therefore to support her family she acted in twenty-four movies in the first four years of her career.
‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ proved she was more than her beauty. She even got offers from Hollywood. She starred in various American magazines. In August 1953, she was featured in an article entitled: The Biggest Star in the World. It presented the actress as a mysterious and ethereal woman of mythical beauty with a legion of fans. These achievements got her name on the list of the best Bollywood divas.
Meena Kumari was born Mahjabeen Bano on 1 August 1933. She is regarded as one of the best Bollywood actresses. Kumari is popularly known as the ‘tragedy queen’, due to her emotionally-charged role. Millions of women resonated with her portrayals in Hindi cinema. She even tried her hands-on dancing and comic movies. But it was her role as a sad woman, that is still remembered today.
She is best known for ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam’ (1962), ‘Main Chup Rahungi’ (1962), and ‘Pakeezha’ (1972) Just like her portrayals, her life was also very dramatic. She fell in love many times but got rejected. rejection made her take refuge in alcohol and younger men.
Vyjayanthimala is an Indian Bollywood celebrity born on 13 August 1936. By profession, she is a Carnatic singer, Bharathanatyam dancer, dance choreographer, and parliamentarian. She debuted in the film Vaazhkai in 1949. She was the one who introduced classical dance to Bollywood. Also, she was the first South Indian actress to become a Bollywood star and “paved the way” for other south Indian actresses to foray into Bollywood.
Bahar and Ladki (1950) were her first debut movies in Bollywood. She even rejected her first-ever Filmfare Award(4th Filmfare) for the movie Devdas (1955). Breaking all the stereotypes, She is considered one of the best Bollywood actresses in the history of Indian cinema.
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Zeenat Aman is a popular Bollywood actress and a successful model. Born on 19 November 1951, she is one of the highest-paid best Bollywood actresses. She began her carrier as a journalist and model at the early age of 19. In 1970, she won both the Femina Miss India pageant and the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant.
Zeenat Aman made her debut in the film ‘The Evil Within’ in the year 1970. Her breakthrough movie was ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (1971). She even won Filmfare for her role in this movie Best Supporting Actress Award. Zeenat gave various hits like Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Ajanabee (1974), Warrant (1975), and many more. She is well known for playing unconventional roles in Bollywood.
Rekha was born on 10 October 1954 in Chennai to Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli. She is considered as finest Bollywood actress and is even known as Bollywood’s ultimate diva. She is one of the iconic actresses due to her acknowledgement and versatility. In her carrier of 40 years, she has acted in over 180 movies. Rekha even acted in ‘parallel cinema’. She was even considered a hot Bollywood actress.
She is well known for her portrayal in Khubsoorat (1980), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996). Rekha even won various Filmfare Awards for her acting. Her portrayal in Umrao Jaan (1981) won her the National Film Award for Best Actress. In 1991, she married Mukesh Aggarwal, a Delhi-based industrialist, who later committed suicide.
Madhuri Dixit was born on 15th May 1967, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She had a keen interest in Microbiology, therefore after graduation, she enrolled herself in Parley College and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology. She was also a trained Kathak dancer. Little did she know that she would end up as one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood.
She is well known in Bollywood not only for her astonishing acting but also for her dance. She acts in more than 100 films, Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) Raja (1995), Devdas (2002), and Aaja Nachle in 2007. ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!’ is her mega success. People remember her from the movie till today’s date. On 17 October 1999, Dixit married Shriram Madhav Nene.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai was born on 1 November 1973 in Mangalore into an ethnic Bunt family. She started her carrier as a model, at a very young age. The actress is regarded as the most beautiful Bollywood celebrity and is known for her green-blue eyes. She won the title of MISS WORLD in 1994. It was almost inevitable that Miss World Aishwarya Rai would become a Bollywood star.
Even though her initial day in Bollywood was quite shaky, in 1999 she bounced back with two successive hits. ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999), ‘Devdas’ (2002), and ‘Dhoom 2’ (2006), were the Bollywood hits in she started. She is The reigning queen for over two decades. The most beautiful woman in the world, 1994 miss world. India’s ambassador to Hollywood. Featured in Times 100 most influential people in the world twice. ” She married Abhishek Bachchan, a Bollywood actor.
Sridevi was born on 13 August 1963 in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, to Ayyapan and Rajeswari. She started her carrier as a child actor in the industry in 1967. She is regarded as the most versatile Bollywood heroin. Often known as ” The First Female Superstar of the Indian Cinema”. She left Bollywood in 1997.
In her journey, she won the Four Filmfare award, for Tamil and Telegu movies. She is often cited as the best Bollywood star in Indian Cinema. Her Bollywood hits are; ‘Mr. India’ (1987), ‘Chandni’ (1989), ‘Lamhe’ (1991). Sridevi died on 24 February 2018 due to a cardiac arrest in Dubai.
Kajol was born in Mumbai to a film-oriented family of Bengali-Marathi descent on 5 August 1974. She debuts with Bekhudi (1992), while she was studying. Later she quit college and starred in various super-hit films. Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001), Fanaa (2006), U Me Aur Hum (2008), We Are Family and My Name Is Khan (both 2010).
She received six Filmfare awards. Kajol holds the record for best Bollywood actress wins at Filmfare, with five. In 2011, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri for her contribution to Indian Cinema.
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Raveena Tandon is an Indian actress and daughter of director Ravi Tandon. She was born on 26 October 1974 in Mumbai. Raveena started her career in modelling and later made her acting debut in the action film ‘Patthar Ke Phool’.She even won a Filmfare for the movie. A few of her Bollywood hits are “Laadla (1994)”, the cult classic comedy “Andaz Apna Apna”, “Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)”, “Ziddi (1997)”, and “Ghulam-E-Mustafa (1997)”.
She got engaged to Akshay Kumar, which was later called off, and later married Anil Thadani, a film distributor after her marriage took a break from Bollywood. Tandon ventured into television as a talent judge and hosted her talk shows Isi Ka Naam Zindagi (2012) and Simply Baatien With Raveena (2014). These achievements got her name on the list of best Bollywood celebrities.