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Top 10 Bollywood Actresses

Updated on August 19, 2014

1. Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif is a British Indian actress and also a former model who has acted in Indian Bollywood films. She has also performed in Telugu and Malayalam films. She made her acting debut with Boom in 2003 and she also earned commercial success with the movie - Namastey London in 2007, and later she earned public praise for doing glamorous roles in movies like Partner (2007), Race (2007) and in Singh Is King (2008). She later did more important roles in movies like New York (2009), Rajneeti (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), and in Ek Tha Tiger (2012 which was the second highest-earning Bollywood film. She has emerged as a commercially successful actress of Hindi cinema regardless of getting mixed reviews from critics.

2. Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan is an Indian film actress who has acted in many regional languages like Bengali and Malayalam besides Hindi. In 2003, she made her film debut with the Bengali drama - Bhalo Theko. She has earned immense praise for her first hindi film, Parineeta and later she did a lead role in the blockbuster movie - Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2006. Her role of stylish characters in the films such as Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) were good. However, 2009 was the start of a highly successful period in her film career as she played five successive roles to wide critical praise in movies like Ishqiya (2010), Paa (2009), No One Killed Jessica (2011), The Dirty Picture (2011), and also in Kahaani (2012). These roles have earned her the label of a ‘’female hero’’ and proved her as a leading modern actress of Hindi cinema. Vidya Balan has received totally four Filmfare Awards, one National Film Award and four Screen Awards.

3. Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor is an established Indian actress who has acted in many Bollywood films. She made her debut in feature films with – Refugee in 2000. Her movie - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham which was a melodrama became the highest-grossing film of India in the overseas market in 2001, and is also one of her best commercial movies up to now. Her role of sex worker in Chameli became a turning point in her film career and she was also noted for her critically acclaimed movies like Dev and Omkara in 2004 and 2006 respectively. She also played the lead role in the romantic comedy – Jab We Met and she received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and for the drama Three Idiots in 2009, which was the highest-grossing movie of Bollywood till date. Hence, the above accomplishments have proved her to be a leading actress of Hindi cinema today.

4. Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra is an Indian film actress, song writer and singer too. She gained fame as Miss India and Miss World in 2000 before she began her acting career in films. During her film career, she got many awards which include a National Film Award for being the Best Actress and also for four distinct categories she got the Filmfare Awards. She began her acting debut with Thamizhan, the Tamil film in 2002. Next year she did a role in The Hero which was her first Bollywood movie and then followed the hit movie, Andaaz. She got critical praise for her role of a seductress in the thriller, Aitraaz in 2004 and later she played the female role in many commercially successful films. Her role of a distressed model in Fashion earned her wide critical praise and she also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the National Film Award for Best Actress in this movie. She can dabble in different characters with ease and this was noted in the 2009 movie – Kaminey, and the comedy of the same year - What's Your Raashee?, Saat Khoon Maaf and 2012 romantic comedy – Barfi. After doing these movies, she had established herself as a leading modern actress of Hindi films.

5. Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma is an Indian actress and former model who has performed in many Hindi films. She made her film debut with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and she also won praise for her performance in Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). These films got her the Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards function. She was also nominated two times for the Most Promising Newcomer – Female in the Star Screen Awards function. She also won the Star Screen Award for Best Actress in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and for Band Baaja Baaraat. She also won the IIFA Awards for the latter movie.

6. Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is an Indian model and actress and she has performed mainly in Hindi films besides in regional languages like Tamil and Kannada. She made her acting debut in 2006 with the Kannada movie - Aishwarya. Next year, she made her film debut in Hindi with Om Shanti Om for which she got the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and this movie also remains her biggest commercial success to date. She also later performed in Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Housefull (2010). She got a Filmfare nomination for the former movie in the Best Actress category, while in the latter she emerged as a huge commercial success. Later she performed in the commercially successful movie Cocktail in 2012 and for this she got undisputed critical praise for her performance.

7. Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian Bollywood actress who made her acting debut in Hindi films with Dabangg in 2010 which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. She also performed in Rowdy Rathore and Joker in 2012. She began her career as a model and at the 2008 Lakme Fashion Week, she walked the ramp and then again in 2009. She is also a fashion designer and she has designed many lovely costumes for Mera Dil Leke Deko in 2005. She has won many Filmfare Awards for the Best Female Debut, Star Screen Awards for Most Promising Newcomer - Female and also the Zee Cine Awards for Best Female Debut.

8. Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu is an Indian actress who has performed in Hindi films besides working in many regional language movies like Telugu, Bengali and Tamil. She was a successful model before she ventured into films. She made her debut in Ajnabee in 2001 and did a negative role in it for which she got the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first commercial successful movie was Raaz in 2002. She was then praised for her bold character role in the erotic thriller, Jism in 2003. She also performed in some top-earning movies such as No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri, Dhoom 2– her biggest commercial success till date and also in Race (2008). Her roles in movies like - Apharan (2005), Corporate (2006) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) made her win much critical acclaim and many nominations for numerous awards. She also got for the Best Actress Filmfare Award and for the Best Supporting Actress too besides for Best Performance in a negative role.

9. Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor is an Indian film actress who has acted in many Bollywood films. She made her acting debut in Saawariya in 2007 and later featured in the movie Delhi-6 in 2009. She has got critical critical success for her roles in films such as Delhi 6 (2009) and Mausam (2011). She is popular as a fashionista and she got many accolades for unique dressing style rather than her movies. She was nominated the Screen Awards - Most Promising Newcomer, the Filmfare Awards - Best Female Debut, Zee Cine Awards - Best Female Debut and also the IIFA Awards for Star Debut of the Year. She has also won the Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female.

10. Kangna Ranaut

Kangna Ranaut is an Indian actress who has acted mainly in Hindi films and she has made her acting debut in Gangster in 2006 doing a lead role in it. She has also won a Filmfare besides a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a troubled model in Fashion (2008) and later she also featured in commercially successful films such as Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), Once Upon A Time in Mumbai (2010), Double Dhamaal (2011) and also in Tanu Weds Manu (2011). She has also got the Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Award in Gangster, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in Fashion IIFA Best Female Debut Award in Gangster, the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in Fashion and also the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award in Fashion.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      2 years ago from London England

      Deepika Padukone's career is progressing right on schedule.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      3 years ago from London England

      A new photograph has been posted on the official Deepika Padukone web site of Miss Padukone accepting the I.I.F.A. woman of the year award. Wearing a simple pastel coloured shift, minimal 'make up' and not too much jewellery, Pika's persona was greatly enhanced by her 'crowning glory' of elegantly coiffured hair. Yet another trophy for her cabinet.

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      sayra khan 

      3 years ago

      sonakshi is very beautiful woman. her eyes can kill anyone

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      The word is out that Deepika Padukone is to release her best kept secret on completion of her latest movie currently being shot in Kolcutta. Perhaps Pika is going to write her memoirs.

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      4 years ago

      Kareena kapoor is top actress is very beautiful of the. World

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      To me Hindi ladies are the epitome of grace and charm. Wherever i've travelled and encountered a woman stylishly garbed in the ever fashionable 'saree' i can't help but realise her astutness and inner spirituality. Her nature is something we westerners must respect.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      In the latest press release, Deepika Padukone is due to commence filming her next production. Best of luck Deepika!

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      4 years ago

      Rani mukharji is the best heroine

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      4 years ago from India

      Anuska Sharma is a great actress and I was impressed by his acting in "Band Baja.."

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      4 years ago

      wow......... Katrina is in top 1

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      4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      My favorite is PC

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      4 years ago

      interesting post, enjoyed the read, blessings!

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      4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      dilipchandra12, Thanks for sharing all these Bollywood beauties. I have seen them all in Indian movies except Sonam Kapoor. The latest I saw Ketrina Kaif was in Dhoom 3. Useful Hub.

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      5 years ago from Kerala

      Nice and attractive hub.congratulations for your excellent work.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful women, indeed! I like Bollywood film but I don´t know the names of the actresses. Thanks for sharing;-)

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      Hari Haran 

      5 years ago

      Kajol is a very good actress. I agree with Agusfanani, she should be included in the list of top 10 Bollywood actresses. However, she is currently not acting in any movies. So perhaps she is out of the list.

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      5 years ago from Indonesia

      Their beauties are amazing but I wonder why you don't include Kajol, another favorite of mine besides Priyanka Chopra.

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      Dilip Chandra 

      5 years ago from India

      Thank you Rajan, for reading my hub and commenting :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great sharing information of the current female actresses reigning in Bollywood at present. thanks.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Such beauty and from so far off in the world thanks for sharing this lovely information.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow what beautiful women.. I am sorry i do not know any of these actresses.. but they all look wonderful..

      many blessings to you and i will share



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