Sunday, December 17, 2006

Top Ten Bollywood Actresses

Bollywood is now a serious rival of Hollywood and over 1 billion people in the world are fan of Bollywood movies. Bollywood has a number of actresses and they are very famous for their beauty. Here, I have made a list of 10 great bollywood actresses of the present time. All of them are like demi goddesses to their fans and some of them are considered to be hot sex symbols. In my list, I have tried to make a balance of beauty, acting talent and sex symbols. I know some great names have been left out and I have nothing to say except, “Sorry for that.”

Here is the list at random.

Preity Zinta:

This beautiful looking girl with her dimples and innocent smile won hearts of millions through ads like Perk and Liril. Preity started her career as a model. Her performance in the Liril caught the attention of Shekhar Kapur. The director signed her up with Hrithik Roshan in a movie titled “Tara ram Pum Pum.” However, the movie was never made. Later, she got the chance to work in a small role in famous south Indian director Mani Ratnam’s movie “Dil Se.” Her first movie was “Kya Kehna” which was the surprise hit of 2000. In this movie, she played the character of a small town girl, “Priya,” who falls in love with a rich boy, Rahul. The two eventually involve into physical relationship and she gets pregnant. When she tells Rahul about the child, he gets cold feet. Despite getting pressure from her family, friends, she decides to keep the baby. The mental strength of the girl to hold on to her decisions going against the social norms was the main strength of the character and Preity played her part very successfully.

Rani Mukherjee

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Born into a film family Rani Mukherjee got her first film offer after finishing her high school. She started with Bengali movie “Biyer Phool.” Her first Hindi movie was “Raja Ki Ayegi Barat” released in 1996. In this movie her co actor was Shadaab Khan, son of another great actor Amjad Khan. The film did not do well but Rani’s performance caught the Bollywood directors’ and producers’ attention. Then she appeared with Amir Khan in “Ghulam.” The movie was a big hit and changed Rani’s luck. That same year, she worked in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.” The director, Karan Johar was new. In this movie Rani worked in a small role. The film also had Kajol, Rani’s cousin. “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” was the biggest hit of 1998. Rani’s performance in the movie won her Filmfare Award in the best supporting actress category. Since then Rani Mukherjee did not have to look back. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Sathiya, Chalte Chalte, Veer-Zara, Hum Tum, Black, Bunty aur Babli, Yuva turned her into one of the most famous actresses of Bollywood.


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Kajol Devgan is Rani Mukherjee’s cousin and shares the same lineage. Her mother Tanuja is a successful actress. Her cousins: Rani mukherjee, Sharbani mukherjee, Mohnish Behl are all professional actors. Her paternal grandfather Sashadhar Mukherjee was a great film director. Born in a family of acting Kajol got her first movie in 1992. The movie “Bekhudi” did not do well in the box office. In 1993, she paired up with Shahrukh Khan in “Baazigaar.” The movie was a big hit. Kajol and Shahrukh khan paired up in five movies including Baazigaar: Karan Arjun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. All these movies were very successful. The year 1998 was the luckiest year for Kajol. Four of her movies: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Pyar to Hona Hi Tha, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Dushman did great business in box office.

Kareena Kapoor

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She is the younger sister of Karishma Kapoor and one of the most promising actresses at present day Bollywood. In Bollywood the “Kapoor” family is highly respected. Before Kareena, her sister Karisma Kapoor was one of the top actresses of Bollywood. Kareena was planning to study Law in Harvard but some how by bad/good fortune she landed into film. Her first movie “Refugee” was released in 2000. In this movie she starred with Abhishek Bachchan, the son of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. The movie did not do well but Kareena kept on getting offers from good directors. Today, Kareena like her sister is one of the best actresses in Bollywood.

Isha Koppikar

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Unlike Kareena, Kajol, Karishma, Ishaa Koppikar comes from a family of academicians. She studied in Life Sciences in Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai. While she was in college she worked in an ad with Gautam Rajadhyaksha. She also participated in the Miss India Contest in 1995 and won the Miss Talent Crown. After that she modeled for L'Oreal, Rexona, Camay, Tips & Toes and Coca-Cola. Her film career started as an item girl in “Company.” The song “Khallas” in which she worked as an item girl was big hit and made her famous overnight. She then worked in another item song in “Kaante” in 2002. Her first movie Ek Tha Dil Ek Thi Dhadkan in 1997 has not been released yet.

Urmila Matondkar

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Born in 1974 Urmila started her career as a child actress. Her first film was “Kalyug” in 1980. In 1983, she starred in “Masoom” where her co star was Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah. The movie was very successful and her performance was praised both by the film critiques and audience. As an adult actress she made her debut in N. Chandra's “Narasimha.” In 1992, she acted in Chamatkar with a new comer named Shahrukh Khan. The four years, from 1991 to 1995 was Urmila’s struggling period. Other actresses like Monisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon and others were ruling Bollywood. In 1995, “Rangeela” turned her into a Bollywood sex symbol over night. The movie directed by Ram Gopal Varma, had famous actors like Amir Khan and Jackie Shroff. The music by A.R. Rahman was a big hit. Dress designer Manish Malhotra transformed Urmila into a sex bomb.

Manisha Koirala

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Like the Bachchans and Kapoors, the Koirala family is one of the most influential political families in Nepal and Manisha Koirala comes from this family. Her two great uncles and grandfather served as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Manisha studied in Army Public School in New Delhi. She is an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Manipur dancer. Manisha’s first movie was Nepali, Pheri Bhetaula (We shall meet again). It was released in 1989. In 1991, her first Hindi movie Saudagar was released. Directed by Subhash Ghai the movie did not do very well in the box office. Her major success came after 1942: A Love story. Set in the time of British Raj this about the love story of two people Narendra Singh (Anil Kapoor) and Rajeshwari Pathak (Manisha Koirala).


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Like Kareena and Kajol, Rani, Tabu also came from a family of film actress. Her real name is Tabassum Hashmi. Her aunt is one of the most famous actresses of India, Shabana Azmi. Her sister Farha was also very popular but she could not handle her career properly. Tabbu came into film after Farha retired. Her first movie was “Prem” with Sanjay Kapoor. The movie was not well received by the audience. However, Tabbu was determined. Her hardwork paid up after he signed up with Ajay Devgan in “Vijay Path” in 1994. The song of the film “Ruk Ruk Ruk” sung by Alisha Chinoi with Tabbu’s dance performance turned him into a Bollywood heartthrob. Twice she has won the National Film Award for Best Actress.

Bipasha Basu

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This supermodel turned actor is one of the most fortunate women’s of Bollywood. WHY? Because, she is girl friend to one of the most good looking fellows in Indian cinema at present; John Abraham. Like Kareena, Bipasha’s entrance into acting world was by accident. She was planning to study in medical. Bipasha was born in New Delhi and then moved to Kolkata. When she was a child she was considered to be an ugly girl. Things started to change for this ugly girl after she won the Ford Supermodel of the World contest at seventeen years of age. She then got into modeling. Her first movie came out in 2001 “Ajnabee.” The movie was fairly successful. Her performance in “Jism” turned Bipasha into Bollywood sex symbol. Her latest film “Dhoom 2” is a big hit in the box office.

Bhumika Chawla

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What sets Bhumika apart from other actresses is her warm looking face and homely smile. Youngest daughter of an army officer, from child hood Bhumika went to different places in India. Her favorite travel destination is Hill Station. She started her career as a model. She moved to Mumbai in 1997 and started doing ad films and music videos. Till now, she has done more than fifteen ad films and the most successful among them was the Ponds Powder campaign. As an actress she first starred in a Telugu film “Yuvakudu” in 2000. Her second film Khushi was released in 2001 and it was a big hit. Her major success in Hindi movie came in 2003. The movie “Tere Naam” with Salman Khan was a smash hit.


Bob Log said...

Bollywood is now a serious rival of Hollywood and over 1 billion people in the world are fan of Bollywood movies.

I can agree that a large number of people worldwide are fans of Bollywood fare.

But Bollywood as a serious rival of Hollywood? Thing again. Even as someone who now lives in France after having moved here from Korea four years ago, I admit that the world is powered by the cultural torrent of Hollywood (both good and bad).

India's film industry--much like Europe's and East Asia's--will not be an equal contender in the ways that matter for quite some time (if ever.)

So that being said, Isha Koppikar? Yeah, I'll dine on that any day!

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Angela G. Skylar said...

Nice list! However, I'm surprised to see Ash and Priyanka missing from this list??

Mojo said...

I'm thrilled to see Urmila make your list, but there's much much more than just a pretty face to this lady. She's played more varied types of roles than pretty much any other Bollywood starlet and played them all well. Even when hampered by a weak script (for example Kaun) she shines like a jewel both in terms of beauty and ability. And at an age where the majority of Bollywood actresses are considered past their prime, Urmila's not just still going strong -- she's doing some of her best work ever. Move over Rekha and Sridevi... there's a new sherrif in town!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Mojo, Urmila is the best and the hottest actress who can fit in any role. She is a real sex bomb!

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Sandip said...

Great list, though I have my reservations about a couple of them. Manisha Koirala is history. And urmila? horrible actress (though sex appeal is decent.) I think Deepika starring in the upcoming Om Shanti Om can be a new entrant. And Vidya Balan.??? Criminal leaving her out.

Anonymous said...

aishwarya n priyanka shud b included in dis dey wel beta dan bhumika n tabu

Anonymous said... so glad that ash was not on ure just surprised preity zinta made ure list...urmila,rani, bipashu i agree with..the others r okay..but dont get y they r there...they hardly make movies..anyway..who just glad ash wasnt there =]

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Anonymous said...

Manisha was a very good actress. but she was the past. I think Sushmitha, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Ash should be in the list instead of Bhumika, Isha nad manisha

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gujupimp said...

I stumbled upon this 'list' of the so-called top bollywood actresses my fellow pupils at my gujarati school were talking about this very topic in our breaktime. We all came to the same conclusion that Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai should be included. Thankyou for your time bitches. Peace much love to my asian brethren. Aujo

Anonymous said...

hey what about......lara and katrina they r so koll

Anonymous said...

what about...lara she is os hot and tabu os not the best.

Anonymous said...

Aisha Takia is the most beautiful and cute looking Indian actress so far, far better looking and desirable then Aish.

Rachana sharma said...

Very very sexy. excellent stuff.

Rachana Sharma said...

Yes, I agree.

Maria_Rilke said...

no way! Aishwarya is still the most desirable of them all!

Anonymous said...

wot? ash wasnt on the list! she's the best, plus wots so gud 'bout lara?
katrina kaif and deepika padukone should be on the list.
sonam kapoor does great acting 2...

Neil said...

Bro think u didn't NOTICE but u have missed so many actress'...Aishwarya Rai(she is ruling both bollywood and Hollywood), Katrina Kaif, Madhuri Dixit, Deepika and Sonam, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen and Vidya Balan they are all good

But out of these, atlist Aishwayra Rai's name should have been a must

and not Urmila, Isha, and Bhumika.

lela said...

kajol is princess n queen of bollywood. she is very beutiful, pretty n talented person. no one can replace her acting forever. all the best n good luck for kajol n her coming film....:)

miley said...

Where's Aiswariya,Katrina,Priyanka
Please bring them.


Anonymous said...

hey hey where z the aishwarya rai she is the most beautiful women ever

oddindia said...

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Hayat said...


Shrutika Singh said...

I am so happy Aishwarya rai is not there in the list. But I am 100% sure of why, in the actress list, she's not there! Only reason is that she is the part of Bachchan family and very few Indian respect truthful, simple and the best inner and outer personalities, not all, but it's okay, everyone has different opinions and choices and I respect this. But, "Mano Ya Na Mano" the Bachchan family (excluding Aishwarya) are the best actors, humans and the most simple, truthful, extra ordinary and Amitabh Bachchan is truly a GOD! Nobody is like them and can't be like them. It has now become a fact. So, my permanent list of top ten actresses goes like this :
1. Jaya Bachchan
2. Madhuri Dixit
3. Sushmita Sen
4. Juhi Chawla
5. Bhoomika Chawla
6. Asin Thottumkal
7. Bhagyashree Patwardhan
8. Twinkle Khanna
9. Hrishita Bhatt
10. Preeti Jhangiani
Only those after 5 can be changed or shift otherwise top 5 will always be the same for me. Another thing is that, in my opinion, the best looking actress, even without make-up, in the industry is "NO ONE". Everyone is one or the other same with no differences. Best actress in acting is " KAJOL". Best actress in sex-appeal are "ZEENAT AMAN" , "BIPASHA BASU", "PRIYANKA CHOPRA" and "LARA DUTTA". Best Actress in Dressing is "SONAM KAPOOR". best actress in style, attitude and modelling is "REKHA" , "KANGANA RANAUT" , "MUGHDA GODSE". Best Actress in Dancing are "MADHURI DIXIT" and "AISHWARYA RAI". Best Actress in hair-style is "SONALI BENDRE". But all of these things are not in one person now but can be there if a person works hard whether an actress or a normal human. A human can be perfect if he/she wants to but not as perfect as GOD.

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Anonymous said...

How is Madhuri Dixit not on this list?!

Anonymous said...


cesar said...

I agree with neil...definately aishwarya rai and madhurit needed to be in that list and i dont get why there are lots of ash haters its really stupid how they talk crap about her without even knowing hered to be in that list and i dont get why there are lots of ash haters its really stupid how they talk crap about her without even knowing her

Priya U.S.A. said...

I thought Aishwarya Rai would be on this list. Disappointed.

Anonymous said...

most of d most talented actresses are missing

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Anonymous said...

um rani mukherji wasn't in mujhse shaadi karoge. she was in mujhse dosti karoge and I think priyanka chopra was in mujhse shaadi karoge... just to clarify