Indian Actresses 5 - Bollywood and More
Jacqueline Fernandez, Hansika Motwani, Hema Malini, Juhi Chawla and more.
Here is my fifth article in my series on the women of Indian cinema.
Like the others, this features women from not only Bollywood, but Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada cinema as well.
This time we have a couple of actresses that have appeared in over 500 films during their careers, which is no small feat.
So let's start out with perhaps the youngest actress I have put in any of these articles.....
Hansika Motwani may very well be the youngest actress that I have done a write up on here.
She was born on August 9th, 1991 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Hansika made her TV acting debut in 1999 (yes at the tender age of eight) in "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi".
She made her big screen debut in 2003's "Escape from Taliban" (based on the story of Sushmita Bandhopadhya, who had fled Afghanistan in 1995).
Hansika has appeared in a total of seven TV shows, and so far over twenty Hindi, Telugu and Kannada films.
Besides acting, Hansika is a huge philanthropist.
She supports underprivileged children and has paid for the treatment of many, many cancer patients.
Hansika is also the Ambassador of the "Chennai turns Pink" breast cancer awareness program.
She has done so much for the people of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, that they actually built a temple for her.
Hansika Motwani at Amazon
Indian actress, director and producer and Bharatanatyam dancer / choreographer, Hema Malini was born on October 16, 1948 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.
She made her screen debut in the 1965 Telugu film "Pandava Vanavasam" as a dancer.
Hema went on to appear in close to one hundred and fifty films, and she also directed three films and produced two more.
You can watch her 2006 film "Baabul" for free online at Hulu here:
Indian actress and model Huma Saleem Qureshi was born on July 28th, 1986 in New Delhi, India.
She made her film debut in Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 1 and Part 2, which were 2012 Indian crime films.
For her role as Mohsina, she was nominated and won a load of movie awards, including Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut - Female.
Huma has gone on to star in thirteen more films.
Here's a name that sound completely out of place on this Hub....Jacqueline Fernandez (Fernandes).
Jacqueline was born on June 2nd, 1985 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She won the Miss Sri Lanka 2006 pageant and went on to the 2006 Miss Universe pageant, though she didn't place in the top twenty.
Jacqueline made her acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood film, Aladin as Jasmine.
She has appeared in seven films so far.
In 2013, FHM magazine ranked her at number 21 of ''100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013.'
You can watch the trailer (which actually looks pretty cool) for Aladin here:
Haal E Dil - Murder 2 - Emraan Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez
Jaya Bachchan was born Jaya Bhaduri on April 9th, 1948 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India.
She made her acting debut in the 1963 Bengali film, Mahanagar.
Jaya went on to appear in over forty films, and became one of India's premier leading ladies.
She also became active in politics and has represented Rajya Sabhabeen as a Member of Parliament.
Jayabharathi is a popular Malayalam film actress who was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu, India.
She appeared in over forty films from 1967 to 1999, and directed four between 1978 and 1990.
Jayabharathi won two Kerala State Film Awards for one for Best Actress in 1972 and another in 1973.
South Indian film actress Jayamalini was born on June 15th, 1948 in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Amazingly, Jayamalini appeared in over 500 Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi movies.
And she appeared in the 1978 film Shalimar with Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Rex Harrison, Sylvia Miles and John Saxon.
Actress, producer and playback singer Jayanthi was born Kamala Kumari, on October 11th, 1950 in Bellary, Karnataka, India.
Like Jayamalini, she has appeared in over 500 films.
She won the Karnataka State Award four times and was honored with the title Abhinaya Sharade.
Jayasudha was born on December 17th, 1958 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.
Staying with the incredible work rate, Jayasudha has appeared in over 220 films, with 25 being released in one years time.
Although she continues to act (her latest film was Bangaru Babu, released in 2009) she is also a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Indian National Congress for the Secunderabad constituency.
Indian television and and movie actress Jennifer Winget was born on May 30th, 1985 in Mumbai India.
Although mainly known for her TV roles, she has made a couple of movies, Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997 with Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala and Dilip Dhawan) and Kuch Naa Kaho (2003, with Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan and Arbaaz Khan).
The lovely Jiah Khan was born in New York City on February 20th, 1988 and raised in London.
She completed her schooling in London and went back to NYC to study at the Lee Strasberg Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Jiah made her acting debut in the 2007 Bollywood movie Nishabd (based on the 1992 thriller Poison Ivy).
She then appeared in the 2008 Bollywood film, Ghajini (inspired by the American film Memento) and will be appearing in the 2010 film Housefull (which isn't based on anything as far as I know).
In June of 2013, Jiah apparently committed suicide.
Indian actress, film producer and television presenter Juhi Chawla was born on November 13th, 1967 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
She won the 1984 Femina Miss India pageant, and went on to start her acting career.
Her acting debut was in the 1986 Bollywood film Sultanat and she has gone on to appear in over eighty films, and produce three (She's one of the co-owners of a production company called Dreamz Unlimited).
Besides Hindi language films, she has appeared in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films as well.
Kriti Sanon was born on July 27th, 1990 in New Delhi, India.
She is a model and film actress, who made her film debut in 2014 in the Telugu film 1: Nenokkadine (1: I am alone).
Her first Bollywood film was also in 2014, in the action drama Heropanti.