100 Greatest Bollywood Actresses

Top 100 Bollywood Actresses

The Hindi film industry is known for its glitz and glamour. Over the years a number of actresses have charmed Bollywood audiences with their acting skills. This space is a salute to the best Bollywood actresses.

Since early days the Hindi film industry has had stunningly beautiful actresses that have mesmerized audiences with their acting craft, and the trend continues to this day. While actresses in the past were few, in present times it’s a never-ending stream of new faces in Bollywood. A lot has changed over the years in Bollywood. A new breed of progressive directors has taken movie making to a new level. In the 50s there were few girls that ventured into the world of acting. With the 60s came a new wave of actresses.

Many girls in the film industry established their authority as leading ladies in the 60s. Through the 70s the Hindi film industry witnessed an influx of young girls trying to establish themselves in Bollywood.

Many actresses in the 50s, 60s and 70s were also classically trained dancers. Song and dance has been a huge part of Bollywood since early days. Movies in the black and white era had Indian classical dance sequences which were performed by leading actresses or dancers. Over the years new dance forms have become exceedingly popular in Bollywood movies. Romance movies are hugely popular in India, isn’t surprising why majority of the new releases are love stories. Bollywood chemistry is loved by movie goers. That’s the reason why casting directors cast actors with sizzling onscreen chemistry together in movies.

While in the past most of the movies released were male oriented, in recent decades many female-oriented movies have been made. Actresses in the past were typecast in film roles; however, in modern day films actresses are offered diverse roles in different film genres. Bollywood has had versatile actresses in the past. Many models are taking a plunge into the film world, and many new models have established themselves as leading actresses in the film industry. A number of actresses have played character roles that have earned praise from critics and cinema lovers. The list below showcases Bollywood actresses from various decades.

100 Greatest Bollywood Actresses

  1. Madhubala
  2. Nargis
  3. Smita Patil
  4. Madhuri Dixit
  5. Suraiya
  6. Nutan
  7. Mala Sinha
  8. Rekha
  9. Asha Parekh
  10. Geeta Bali
  11. Saira Banu
  12. Vyjayanthimala
  13. Neetu Singh
  14. Sridevi
  15. Nanda
  16. Deepika Padukone
  17. Mumtaz
  18. Nimmi
  19. Dimple Kapadia
  20. Sadhna
  21. Hema Malini
  22. Reena Roy
  23. Jaya Bhaduri
  24. Meena Kumari
  25. Bina Rai
  26. Nandita Das
  27. Juhi Chawla
  28. Zeenat Aman
  29. Sharmila Tagore
  30. Rani Mukerji
  31. Vidya Balan
  32. Urmila Matondkar
  33. Shobana
  34. Karisma Kapoor
  35. Revathy
  36. Padmini Kolhapure
  37. Babita
  38. Konkona Sen
  39. Raveena Tandon
  40. Huma Qureshi
  41. Parineeti Chopra
  42. Suchitra Sen
  43. Meenakshi Seshadri
  44. Nandita Das
  45. Priyanka Chopra
  46. Whaeeda Rehman
  47. Kareena Kapoor
  48. Anushka Sharma
  49. Tabu
  50. Alia Bhatt
  51. Rakhee
  52. Manisha Koirala
  53. Sonam Kapoor
  54. Ayesha Julka
  55. Jacqueline Fernandez
  56. Madhoo
  57. Divya Bharti
  58. Shraddha Kapoor
  59. Twinkle Khanna
  60. Jaya Prada
  61. Nimrat Kaur
  62. Ileana D’Cruz
  63. Sonakshi Sinha
  64. Parveen Babi
  65. Tina Munim
  66. Raima Sen
  67. Kangana Ranaut
  68. Rati Agnihotri
  69. Neelam Kothari
  70. Tanuja
  71. Asin Thottumkal
  72. Preity Zinta
  73. Katrina Kaif
  74. Poonam Dhillon
  75. Kajol
  76. Seema Biswas
  77. Aishwarya Rai
  78. Rajshree
  79. Kiara Advani
  80. Mahi Gill
  81. Richa Chadda
  82. Nirupa Roy
  83. Vidya Sinha
  84. Shilpa Shetty
  85. Divya Dutta
  86. Neha Dhupia
  87. Yami Gautam
  88. Kirti Sanon
  89. Farah
  90. Aruna Irani
  91. Vimi
  92. Mama Kulkarni
  93. Nalini Jaywant
  94. Farida Jalal
  95. Leena Chandavarkar
  96. Amala
  97. Yogeeta Bali
  98. Shayma
  99. Sonali Bendre
  100. Radhika Apte

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