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Indian Actresses 12 - Bollywood and More
Indian Film Actresses 12 with Padma Lakshmi, Padmini, Padmini Kolhapure, Parminder Nagra and more
Here we are at my twelfth article about the women of Indian cinema.
Like the others, this one has women from all over India, (Bollywood, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada) plus some that have made a few appearances in Hindi cinema, but are mainly known for their work outside of it.
And I never realized just how popular the name "Pooja" was until I did this....
Indian American cookbook author, actress, and model Padma Lakshmi was born on September 1st, 1970 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Although she may be best known here for Top Chef, she has appeared all over the world, including the 2003 Bollywood film, Boom (that also had a cameo by Bo Derek!)
Padma started out in modeling, then went to acting doing several TV shows before making her big screen debut in the 2001 movie Glitter with Mariah Carey.
Padma has another Bollywood connection of sorts.
In 2005 she appeared in the film The Mistress of Spices that starred Aishwarya Rai and Indian cinema stars Ayesha Dharker and Anupam Kher.
Padma Lakshmi Does a Boxing Workout and Photo shoot for Charity
Padma Lakshmi at Amazon
Padmapriya Janakiraman was born on February 28th ,1980 in Delhi, India.
This Indian film actress and model is better known by just her first name, Padmapriya.
Like many others, she started out as a model, then moved into acting, making her acting debut in the 2003 Telugu film Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi.
Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi was a Telugu remake of the Tamil film Kasi, which in turn was a remake of the Malayalam film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum.
Padmapriya has gone on to appear in over thirty Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Kannada films.
Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer Padmini was born on June 12, 1932 in Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore, British India.
She made her acting debut at the age of 17 in the Hindi film, Kalpana in 1948.
Padmini passed away on September 24th, 2006, but before that, she appeared over 400 films, mostly Tamil.
Padmini Kolhapure was born on November 1st, 1965 in Maharashtra, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1975 film Ishq Ishq Ishq and went on to appear in almost sixty films.
Padmini won the 1980 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Insaaf Ka Tarazu, the 1982 Filmfare Best Actress Award for Prem Rog and was nominated for the 1983 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Souten and the 1985 Filmfare Award as Best Actress for Pyar Jhukta Nahin.
Parminder Nagra was born in Leicester, England, UK to Punjabi Sikh parents on October 5th, 1975.
And like Padma, she has acted all over the world, including starring as Dr. Neela Rasgotra in the medical drama series ER for six years, and appearing in films like Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Ella Enchanted (2004).
Parminder made her acting debut in the 1991 Punjabi film, Dushmani Jattan Di.
Legendary Indian actress Parveen Babi was born on April 4, 1949 in Junagadh, Gujarat, India.
Her life was not an easy one.
She lost her parents at a very young age and during her career it was said that she had affairs with director Mahesh Bhatt, actors Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa and possibly Amitabh Bachchan.
Parveen made her film debut with film, Charitira, in 1973 and went on to appear in over sixty films.
After bouts with mental illness and substance abuse, she passed away on January 20, 2005 at the age of 55 from what appeared to be complications from diabetes.
Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi was born on November 9, 1984 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Payal was a finalist at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000 and moved on from there into modeling and acting.
She made her acting debut in the 2002 Bollywood film Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? (which was a remake of American Pie).
In August of 2008, she appeared in Bigg Boss Season 2.
Former Bollywood actress and television talk show host Pooja Bedi was born on May 11th, 1970 in Mumbai, India.
She has appeared in six films, and eight television series.
Pooja also appeared on stage in the plays Wow What a Girl, Carry on Papa and Adalate Nirobh Sakshi (Bengali Jatra).
She has also done work for Habitat for Humanity and has promoted AIDS awareness.
Retired Indian film actress, producer, director, and daughter of Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt was born on February 24th, 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
She made her acting debut at the age of 17, in the 1989 TV film Daddy, directed by her father.
Her big screen debut was in the 1991 film Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, produced by Gulshan Kumar and directed by (guess who?) her father Mahesh Bhatt.
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin was a remake of the 1934 Hollywood classic, It Happened One Night.
Pooja went on to appear in almost thirty films before retiring from acting and moving into producing and directing.
She has produced and directed eleven films so far.
Our third Pooja in this entry is Kannada film star Pooja Gandhi, also known as Sanjana Gandhi.
This Pooja was born on October 7th, 1984 in Punjab, India.
Her younger sister, Radhika Gandhi also works in Kannada films.
Pooja made her acting debut in the 2003 Bengali film Tomake Salam, and has gone on to appear in almost thirty films.