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Indian Actresses 13 - Bollywood and More
Indian Film Actresses 13 - Featuring Preity Zinta, Prachi Desai, Preeti Jhangiani, Padma Khanna and more.
Here we are with my thirteenth article about the women of Indian cinema.
As always, we have actresses, dancers, models and beauty queens.
And we have the usual Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada cinema stars, but this time we branch out into Bhojpuri and Sinhala cinema as well.
Indian actress, dancer and director Padma Khanna was born on March 10th, 1940 in India.
In the 1970 and 80s, Padma was a really big star in Hindi and Bhojpuri films.
I don't think that I have mentioned Bhojpuri cinema here before.
Bhojpuri is popular in Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh in North India and Terai in southern Nepal and is also popular in countries like Brazil, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Padma appeared in over 150 Hindi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi films and she directed the 2004 Bhojpuri film, Nahir Hutal Jaya.
The last film that she acted in was the 2008 Hindi language film, Yaar Meri Zindagi.
Currently, Padma lives here in the US with her husband, director, Jagdish L. Sidana.
Panchi Bora was born on December 27th, 1983 in Assam, India.
She is mainly a TV actress, and she has appeared on Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi, Kayamath, Lux Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket and Kasturi.
Panchi appeared in the Bollywood film It's My Life with Harman with Baweja, Genelia D'Souza, Nana Patekar and Juhi Babbar, and appeared in two more Telugu films (Yamini Chandrasekhar and Prabhanjanam) after that.
Her latest TV role was in the soap opera Gangaa as Jhanvi Bora.
Parul Chauhan (Paarul Chauhan) is a TV and Bollywood actress born on March 19th, 1988 in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Besides TV and films, she has done some commercial modeling as well.
Indian model, Bharatnatyam dancer and Tollywood actress Parvati Melton was born in 1983, not in India, but in Fremont, California.
This five foot nine beauty made her acting debut in the 2005 Telugu film, Vennela.
She has gone on to appear in the films Game, Allare Allari, Hallo, Madhumasam, Flash, Jalsa and Murali.
Born on October 23rd, 1973 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Perizaad Zorabian is an Indian actress.
Although she was born in India, she was educated in New York, attending Baruch College and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
She started out in modeling, then did some music videos, then made her big screen debut in the 2001 film, Bollywood Calling.
Pooja Batra was born on October 27th, 1973 in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Like most of the other actresses, this five foot nine beauty started out in modeling, then went on to win Femina Miss India in 1993, and went on to be a semifinalist at the Miss International pageant.
Her first acting role was when she made a guest appearance in the 1995 Tamil film, Aasai.
She has gone on to appear in over twenty Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films.
This is (I think our fifth) Pooja so far.
Pooja Umashankar was born on June 25th, 1981 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She made her acting debut in the 2003 Tamil film, Jay Jay.
Pooja has gone on to appear in almost twenty Tamil, Sinhala (Sri Lanka) and Malayalam films.
Hindi film, theatre and TV actress Poonam Dhillon was born on April 18th, 1961 in Kanpur, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1978 film, Trishul and went on to appear in almost ninety films and several TV shows.
Prachi Desai was born on September 12th, 1988 in Surat, Gujarat, India.
Although she has appeared in several films, she is probably best known for her role as Bani Dixit/ Bani Walia on the Indian soap opera Kasamh Se.
She made her big screen debut in the 2008 Bollywood film, Rock On!!
Indian actress and model Preeti Jhangiani was born on August 18th 1980 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
She made her big screen debut in the 1999 Malayalam film Mazhavillu, and she made her Bollywood debut in the 2000 film Mohabbatein where she appeared with other Bollywood beauties like Aishwarya Rai, Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma and Helen.
Preeti has gone on to appear in over twenty films.
Preity Zinta was born on January 31st, 1975 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1998 film Dil Se, and for her role as Preeti Nair she won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award (Newface of the year), and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Preity has gone on to appear in almost forty films, and has won and been nominated for a whole slew of awards.
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Indian actress Priya Gill was born on December 9th, 1975 in Punjab, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1996 Hindi comedy / romance, Tere Mere Sapne.
Priya continued to appear in Bollywood, Tollywood, and Punjabi films up until 2003, where it looks like she may have retired.