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Bollywood’s Beauties through the Ages
As we draw nearer to International Women’s Day 2015 and in keeping with Fashionlivre’s
celebrations of Woman Power Week, we present to you these women who made a mark in
the film industry and our lives with their sheer talent.
In both reel and real life, these 13 women captivated our imagination, ignited a feeling of
awe and stirred the most powerful emotions whenever we watched them bring various
characters to life on screen.
Presenting to you Bollywood’s Power Brigade through the years…
Madhubala
Madhubala’s beauty and acting prowess caught not only Bollywood’s attention but she was
also featured in an American magazine, naming her as the biggest star in the world. Her
films like Mughal-E-Azam, Howrah Bridge and Mahal remain unforgettable till date.
Nargis Dutt
National award winner, wife of Sunil Dutt and mother of Sanjay Dutt, Nargis was the first
choice of many ace directors and producers of her time.
Helen
Helen laid a strong foundation for herself in Bollywood with her exceptional dancing skills
and tremendously good looks. Step-mother to Salman Khan, Helen has appeared in over 500
films since 1951.
Smita Patil
Bollywood’s dusky beauties have Smita Patil to thank! She was the first Bollywood actress to
break the glass door and enter an industry filled with light skinned beauties. Her
performances are used as examples in many acting schools even today.
Zeenat Aman
Zeenat Aman caught the world’s attention by becoming the first South Asian woman to win
the Miss Asia Pacific 1970 title and ever since, there was no stopping her. Her mesmerizing
beauty and power-packed acting skills are worshipped even today.
Hema Malini
Known as one of the most successful actresses on her time, the woman who made “Basanti”
famous is in popular demand even today. She is also known for her fine Bharatnatyam skills
and she recently made an entry into the political scene in India.
Rekha
Her versatility, grace and noteworthy acting abilities follow her wherever she goes. Rekha
started her career as a child actress and went on to play a number strong female leads in
most of her successful films.
Madhuri Dixit
Known for her acting, dancing and beauty, Madhuri Dixit continues to rule hearts in
Bollywood. Both pre-marriage and post, Madhuri’s powerful performances keep her fans
loyal to her.
Kajol
Kajol holds a record for the maximum number (5) of Best Actress wins at the Filmfare
Awards. Even post her sabbatical, this mother of two is in great demand by ace Bollywood
directors and producers.
Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan gave Bollywood one powerful performance after another since her debut.
Almost all of her films till date have been the recipient of at least one award. Known for her
powerful women-centric roles, Vidya is an embodiment of fine acting in Bollywood.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Her charm, her grace, her looks, her moves and her acting… the list of talents never ends
with this begum of Bollywood. No guesses why Kareena Kapoor Khan is Bollywood’s
highest-paid actress.
Priyanka Chopra
Ever since she bagged the Miss World title in 2000, there was no looking back for Priyanka
Chopra. This actress has been a part of many successful Bollywood films and has also
expanded the horizons by exploring her musical abilities.
Deepika Padukone
Nobody can deny that Deepika Padukone is the reigning queen of Bollywood. She has
delivered a string of hits through the years and is still the most preferred first choice as a
leading actress for films today. Doesn’t seem like this beauty is going out of the market
anytime soon!
Have we left out any names? Leave your commentsand let usknow who Bollywood’s most powerful
women are!

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Bollywood’s Beauties through the Ages

  • 1. Bollywood’s Beauties through the Ages As we draw nearer to International Women’s Day 2015 and in keeping with Fashionlivre’s celebrations of Woman Power Week, we present to you these women who made a mark in the film industry and our lives with their sheer talent. In both reel and real life, these 13 women captivated our imagination, ignited a feeling of awe and stirred the most powerful emotions whenever we watched them bring various characters to life on screen. Presenting to you Bollywood’s Power Brigade through the years… Madhubala
  • 2. Madhubala’s beauty and acting prowess caught not only Bollywood’s attention but she was also featured in an American magazine, naming her as the biggest star in the world. Her films like Mughal-E-Azam, Howrah Bridge and Mahal remain unforgettable till date. Nargis Dutt National award winner, wife of Sunil Dutt and mother of Sanjay Dutt, Nargis was the first choice of many ace directors and producers of her time. Helen Helen laid a strong foundation for herself in Bollywood with her exceptional dancing skills and tremendously good looks. Step-mother to Salman Khan, Helen has appeared in over 500 films since 1951.
  • 3. Smita Patil Bollywood’s dusky beauties have Smita Patil to thank! She was the first Bollywood actress to break the glass door and enter an industry filled with light skinned beauties. Her performances are used as examples in many acting schools even today. Zeenat Aman Zeenat Aman caught the world’s attention by becoming the first South Asian woman to win the Miss Asia Pacific 1970 title and ever since, there was no stopping her. Her mesmerizing beauty and power-packed acting skills are worshipped even today. Hema Malini
  • 4. Known as one of the most successful actresses on her time, the woman who made “Basanti” famous is in popular demand even today. She is also known for her fine Bharatnatyam skills and she recently made an entry into the political scene in India. Rekha Her versatility, grace and noteworthy acting abilities follow her wherever she goes. Rekha started her career as a child actress and went on to play a number strong female leads in most of her successful films. Madhuri Dixit
  • 5. Known for her acting, dancing and beauty, Madhuri Dixit continues to rule hearts in Bollywood. Both pre-marriage and post, Madhuri’s powerful performances keep her fans loyal to her. Kajol Kajol holds a record for the maximum number (5) of Best Actress wins at the Filmfare Awards. Even post her sabbatical, this mother of two is in great demand by ace Bollywood directors and producers. Vidya Balan
  • 6. Vidya Balan gave Bollywood one powerful performance after another since her debut. Almost all of her films till date have been the recipient of at least one award. Known for her powerful women-centric roles, Vidya is an embodiment of fine acting in Bollywood. Kareena Kapoor Khan Her charm, her grace, her looks, her moves and her acting… the list of talents never ends with this begum of Bollywood. No guesses why Kareena Kapoor Khan is Bollywood’s highest-paid actress. Priyanka Chopra
  • 7. Ever since she bagged the Miss World title in 2000, there was no looking back for Priyanka Chopra. This actress has been a part of many successful Bollywood films and has also expanded the horizons by exploring her musical abilities. Deepika Padukone Nobody can deny that Deepika Padukone is the reigning queen of Bollywood. She has delivered a string of hits through the years and is still the most preferred first choice as a leading actress for films today. Doesn’t seem like this beauty is going out of the market anytime soon! Have we left out any names? Leave your commentsand let usknow who Bollywood’s most powerful women are!