Indian Actresses 11 - Bollywood and More
Indian Film Actresses 11 - With Namitha, Nargis, Nagma, Nandana Sen and more
Here is my (believe it or not) my eleventh article about the women of Indian cinema.
This article has several Indian actresses from the past, that have made a big impact on Bollywood, and Indian cinema in general.
And the scope of these films are increasing, with not only Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali films, but Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and Marathi language movies as well.
The audience is growing as well, branching out more and more into the United States.
I'm waiting for Hollywood to start ripping off Bollywood ideas!
This time we have not only Indian actresses, but models, dancers, directors and one jewelry designer.
Legendary Bollywood actress Nadira was born Farhat Ezekiel on December 5th, 1932 in...well, some sources say Mumbai, others say Baghdad, Iraq and some say Israeli .
Her acting debut was in the 1952 technicolor Hindi musical Aan.
Aan was the highest grossing movie at that time, pulling in Rs. 1,50,00,000 (which is a little over $330,000 dollars US).
That record stood for three years, until it was broken by Shree 420 in 1955.
Nadira went on to appear in well over sixty films, her last one being in Josh in 2000.
She passed away on February 9, 2006 at the age of 73.
Memorable Vamps of Bollywood - Nadira
Nagma was born on December 25th, 1974 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1990 Bollywood film, Baaghi: A Rebel for Love and then branched out, acting in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and Marathi films.
Nagma has appeared in close to fifty films so far and is now involved in politics.
She is also a very spiritual lady, having been raised by a Muslim mother and Hindu father (and one of her Aunts is Christian).
Nagma has said in interviews that she has read the Qur'an, Bhagavad Gita, and Bible.
Namitha was born Namita Mukesh Vankawala on May 10th, 1980 (or 1981) in Surat, Gujarat, India.
Like Nagma, she has branched out in her acting and has appeared in close to forty Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English films.
She made her acting debut in the 2002 Telugu film Sontham.
Indian actress Nandana Sen was born on August 19th, 1967 in Calcutta, India.
Her father is Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, (called the "the Mother Teresa of Economics") and her mother is Bengali writer, Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
Her sister Antara Dev Sen is an Indian journalist.
Wow...no pressure there for Nandana huh?
Her acting debut was in the 1997 film Gudia and since then she has gone on to appear in over twenty films.
You can find out more about Nandana at her own website here:
Award winning Indian film actress, writer, playback singer and director Nandita Das was born on November 7th, 1969 in New Delhi, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1981 film Laawaris and so far, has acted in ten different languages and won a ton of awards.
Nandita is very socially active and has participated in campaign against AIDS and violence against women.
She has worked as a storyteller/narrator in a series of audio books for children and was appointed as the chairperson of the Children's Films Society of India
Like Nadira, Nargis is another legendary Bollywood actress.
She was born born Fatima Rashid on June 1st, 1929 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.
Not only was Nargis an important part of Indian cinema, she was the mother of Bollywood actor and politician Sanjay Dutt.
She made her acting debut as a child in the 1935 film Talashe Haq and went on to appear in fifty films during her career.
Nargis married actor, producer, director and politician Sunil Dutt in 1958 and made her last film in 1968, Tosa oneira stous dromous, a Greek film.
She passed away on May 3rd 1981, just a few days before Sanjay made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Rocky.
Model, VJ and actress Nauheed Cyrusi was born on October 19th, 1982 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.
Nauheed started out in modeling, went to music videos, then made her acting debut in the 2003 action film, Supari, as Dilnawaaz 'Dillu'.
She has gone on to appear in seventeen films, mostly Hindi, but with at least one Telugu film to her credit.
Navya Nair was born Dhanya Nair in 1984 in Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
She made her acting debut in the 2001 Malayalam film, Ishtam.
Navya has gone on to appear in almost fifty films, mainly Malayalam, but with some Tamil and Kannada films thrown in the mix as well.
Nayantara was born Diana Mariam Kurian on November 18th, 1984 in Thiruvalla, Kerala, India.
She made her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film, Manassinakkare, and won the Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year for her role as Gauri in the film.
Nayantara has appeared in over thirty Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films.
Former Indian actress and jewelry designer Neelam Kothari was born on March 3rd 1968 in Hong Kong.
Her family moved to Bangkok, and when she was vacationing in Mumbai, she was approached by famous producer, director and actor Ramesh Behl.
He convinced her to give acting a try, and she made her acting debut in the 1984 film, Jawani.
Neelam went on to appear in over fifty films, her last one being Deewangee in 2002.
She returned to her family business of jewelry making and opened her own showroom in Mumbai in 2004.
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