Top 10 Divas of Hindi Cinema: List of My Favourites
'A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever'
Beautiful Actresses Of The 'Black and White Era' Bollywood!
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The World is full of beautiful faces, wonderful features with immense talent. Some beauties remain in our memory, even when they are gone.
Beauty has always inspired great poets and writers.
Indian Cinema is no exception. It has seen eternal beauties with powerhouse performances since its beginning. There are so many talented actresses that it wouldn't be fair to list them.
This is also true that in the early days of Hindi cinema, there was no trend to compare these Divas according to their acting talent or beauty.
But nowadays one can see on television or read in magazines, the interesting lists covering actors and actresses. This list may vary in accordance with their beauty, talent, dancing talent, academic talent, their money making capabilities and so on.
When I thought of writing about my favourite divas, I couldn't help going back in time, to the black and white era of Hindi cinema. This may be because I have seen the pioneers performing.
Naturally the list made by me would be different from the one made by some youngsters.
My all time favorites:
Madhubala, the timeless beauty, is often referred to as the 'Venus' of Indian cinema.
Madhubala, who acted in hit films like Mughle azam, Mr. and Mrs. 55, Mahal, Kala Paani, Chalti Ka Naam Gadi and many other films remains in public memory as the ultimate beauty even now.
One of the most adorable, prominent actress of all times, known for her beauty and talent is Meena Kumari.
She is often referred to as 'The Tragedy Queen'. She had a tragic personal life and she too died young like Madhubala. She is known for her Classic films such as Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam, Pakeezah and others.
The times when Madhubala, Meena kumari or Nargis became actresses was different from the times of today, when girls come well prepared and are quite aware about what they are doing.
Some lesser known facts about Madhubala, who died very young, source: YouTube
Nargis is considered as one of the most talented actress of Hindi Cinema, not only for commercial films but critically acclaimed ones too.
She was honoured with many awards and rewards and the first one to be awarded Padma Shri by Government of India.
She has done many cult films such as Mother India, Chori Chori, Shri 420, Pyasa and others.
One of the finest and most powerful performer, Nutan has acted in a variety of films and has many awards to her credit.
Known for her spontaneous acting, her memorable films, that I admire the most are Seema, Bandini, Sujata, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Saraswatichandra and many others.
Vyjayanthimala is an actress, with multiple talents and is a living legend. She is a Southern beauty and has done some very popular films in Hindi. She is a celebrated Bharatnatyam dancer and her contribution to Indian Classical dance is an example to many other dancers and actresses.
Her dance numbers in movies are unmatched and in her times, people sometimes watched a movie only because of her Dance performances. Some of her memorable films are Madhumati, Mahal, Jewel Thief, Amrapali and others.
Another living legend of Hindi cinema, who has been admired for her grace and simplicity combined with acting talent, is Waheeda Rehman.
She has a memorable list of impressive films, such as Pyasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Guide, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam, Chaudhavi ka Chand, Mujhe jeene do, Khamoshi and many other wonderful films.
A rare video about the dancing divas -Vyjayantimala and Hema Malini , source: YouTube
Hema Malini is one of the most successful actresses commercially and still gives competition to actresses of today, by her graceful presence in films.
She has a long list of hit films among which my favourites are Johny mera naam, Sholay, Khushboo, Seeta aur Geeta, Baghban, and many more.
She is a living legend, again a beauty from the Southern India, and now a member of Parliament too.
She is fondly referred to as the 'Dream girl.'
Her contribution to Indian Classical dance is to be reckoned with. She has done and keeps on doing Dance Drama stage shows and this is a noble way to keep the Art and culture relevant with masses.
When we talk of ageless beauty with infinite grace, it is the name of Rekha that comes to my mind instantly.
She has done some excellent films such as Ghar, Khoobsurat, Khoon Bhari Maang, Umrao Jaan and others with very strong female characters.
Rekha, the diva and an inspiration to many young girls, had weight issues when she started her career. It is amazing how she transformed herself and has maintained it and it would not be wrong to say that she is getting better and better with each passing year of her life.
She was a Box office hit machine and has done some memorable films commercially.
Her performance in Umrao jaan won her the National award. She is a sitting Rajya Sabha member too.
Sridevi is a South Indian beauty and prior to appearing in Hindi Cinema, she worked successfully in many Southern languages films. She has worked with big banners in Hindi films and was considered a guarantee for a Box Office hit film.
Sadma, Nagin, Lamhe, Chandni, Khuda Gawah, Mr. India and recently English Vinglish are some pf her memorable films which made her a super actress of her times.
She is immensely talented in Indian Classical Dance too.
Madhuri Dixit is an accomplished dancer with the Indian Classic beauty. She is still a darling of the masses. There is something about her dancing talent, which is unique and seems different from other great dancers in Indian Classical dancing. Her dancing style is most spontaneous and effortless. She excells in both contemporary and classical indIan dance styles.
Powerful acting with Dance talent is the ingredient for success for this Diva. Her successful list of films includes Abodh, Tezaab, Parinda, Beta, Khalnayak, Hum aapke hain kaun, Lajja, Devdas and many more.
Earlier a model, then Miss India- World, then Miss World and thereafter a successful actress in Hindi cinema and many other Indian languages--Aishwarya Rai has also done some very impressive International films.
A true definition of Beauty plus Brains, she has managed her career extremely well and is an inspiration to the young generation.
Among her films my favourite are Hum dil de chuke sanam, Taal, Devdas, Guru, Jodha Akbar, Khamoshi, to name some of them.
To Sum Up:
This is just a small tribute to the Timeless beauties of Indian Cinema and I can tell you with certainty, that this is a very small list.
There are so many more, who deserve to be included in this list and according to others perspective, the list could be different.
My idea is just to highlight some of the incredible beauties and share the joy of having their presence even today with their awe-inspiring personalities.
Mention your favourites in the comment section. I would be happy to hear from the readers.
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