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Top 10 Timeless Beauties of Hindi Cinema: My Favourite Bollywood Divas!

Updated on April 3, 2017
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Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art,culture and traditions. As a writer she wants to spread information about India to the readers

Quotes:

'A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever'

-----John Keats!

Madhubala

Madhubala, the eternal beauty
Madhubala, the eternal beauty | Source

Meenakumari

Meena Kumari, Simlicity personified
Meena Kumari, Simlicity personified | Source

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..

Indian Cinema is no exception, which has seen eternal beauties with powerhouse performances since its beginning.

I do not know whether there was a trend to list the beauties some decades ago. But now I see and read in magazines and Television, the interesting lists covering actors and actresses. Therefore, I thought of writing a hub about my all time favourite heroines of Indian cinema, Hindi in particular.

My all time favorites:

Madhubala:


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 after so many years after she died early.

Meena Kumari:


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. 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 today, when girls come well prepared and are quite aware about what they are doing.

Nargis

Nargis, immensely talented actor
Nargis, immensely talented actor | Source

Nutan

Nutan, the Spontaneous actor
Nutan, the Spontaneous actor | Source

Nargis:

Nargis:


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.

Nutan:


Nutan
is regarded as one of the finest powerful performer and has acted in a variety of films and has many awards to her credit.

Known for her spontaneous acting, her memorable films, which I admire the most are Seema, Bandini, Sujata, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, Saraswatichandra and many others.

Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala, Beautiful dancing Diva
Vyjayanthimala, Beautiful dancing Diva | Source

Waheeda Rehman

Waheeda Rehman, Beauty with Grace
Waheeda Rehman, Beauty with Grace | Source

Vyjayanthimala:


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 great Bharatnatyam dancer and her contribution to Indian Classical dance is an example to many other dancers cum 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.

Waheeda Rehman:


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.

She still appears in movies and is regarded as one of the finest and most beautiful actor of all times.

Hema Malini

Hema Malini, the Dream Girl
Hema Malini, the Dream Girl | Source

Rekha

Rekha, the Evergreen  Diva
Rekha, the Evergreen Diva | Source

Hema Malini:


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 doing Dance Drama stage shows and this is a noble way to keep the Art and culture relevant with masses.

Rekha:

Rekha, the Southern beauty is considered one of the most versatile and finest actor in Hindi Cinema.

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

Sridevi, Beauty and talent
Sridevi, Beauty and talent | Source

Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit, the Dancing Diva
Madhuri Dixit, the Dancing Diva | Source

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai, Beauty plus Brains
Aishwarya Rai, Beauty plus Brains | Source

Sridevi:


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:


Madhuri Dixit
is an accomplished dancer with the Indian Classic beauty, she still is 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. She looks most spontaneous and effortless, while making her moves.

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.

Aishwarya Rai:


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.

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To Sum Up:

  • Beautiful things give pleasure that lasts even longer than the beautiful things themselves.
  • 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, which deserve to be included in this list and according to others perspective, the list could be different.
  • One more thing, I could have uploaded color photographs but black and white photographs makes me Nostalgic.
  • 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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Timeless beauties of Hindi Cinema, Source: You tube

Some contemporary beauties of Bollywood, source: You tube

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Who is your favourite Bollywood actress? Please mention in the comments section.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      pretty damsels on silver screen

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are beauties for sure. Thank you for the cinema history lesson. I never would have known without this article.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Timeless Beauties Of Indian Cinema: Divas Of Hindi Films sounds great I last watched Indian movies in the eighties

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sujaya venkatesh, for your visit and comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your kind visit, support and comments!

      Your observations are much appreciated!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika, for your continued support and appreciation!

      Indian Cinema has changed a lot and by that I mean for better. Lot of meaningful Content rich Cinema has been made. You can enjoy them on the Internet too.

      Thanks!

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      Indian cinema is a genre that I really haven't explored yet, but I think it is time I did. Thanks for a very interesting article that has inspired me to look further into these films. Hopefully I can find some with English subtitles :-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Imogen French, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am really glad that I have aroused your interest in Indian cinema through this hub. I am sure you can find some films on You tube with English subtitles.

      Thank you so much for your support!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are all multitalented women. Thanks for the great information.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks aviannovice, for your kind visit and support!

      I am glad you liked the information. Thanks and have a good day!

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      All are beautiful ladies for sure but since it is much easier to make a heroine much more beautiful in black and white than in colour HD no wonder most of beautiful heroines were in balck and white era. voting up and interesting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You have a valid point there!

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your opinion!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      All these beautiful and talented actors cannot be forgotten ever in our lifetime. It seems they and their films are part of our lives. Even the songs filmed on them are so wonderful that we still remember them and try to sing them in our solitude with great relish. The songs are such great stress-busters. ChitrangdaSharan, you have presented a real gem. How I wish there were a similar article by you covering great male actors too ! Thank you very much.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Harishprasad, for your visit and appreciative comments!

      I agree with you that these talented, graceful actors are unforgettable and in fact part of our lives. Old songs are so melodious and soothing too.

      Suggestion noted! I will write a hub about the great male actors in near future.

      Thanks for your beautiful comments and motivation!

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      Ashok Goyal 3 years ago from Rajpura 140401 Punjab India

      Memories of yesteryears so finely collected and current memories preserved as a great History in the shape of Hub. This hub is immortal as memories and history lives for ever. Feeling overjoyed to read the Hub and the embedded video.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you wqaindia, for your kind visit and wonderful words of appreciation!

      I am glad you liked this small effort. As they say, 'Old is Gold.' These divas are the pioneers of Indian cinema and their contribution can not be described within few words.

      Thanks again!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub to timeless beautiful women, each one a legend in their own way. Enjoyed reading and voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Vellur, for your appreciation and vote up!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi hitrangadasharan. These are all beautiful actresses. have not seen many Indian or Hindi so I don't know if I have actually seen any of ther movies but I am sure they were/are good actresses. Thank you for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      Besides being beautiful they are talented too and have given many memorable movies as well.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      prashant ng 2 years ago

      there is something about madhubala that separates her from the rest. no indian actress has ever enchanted me like her.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you prashant ng, for visiting this article and sharing your views!

      Madhubala is an all time favorite, no doubt.

      Thanks!

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      Nash 2 years ago

      Nice list . But you missed out on some real beauties . Sridevi and Nargis ? Nope . Both are good actresses but I doubt if they would make it to a list of beautiful women .

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nash, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked the list and I agree the list can be different for different people. Obviously there are many-many other beautiful actresses in Hindi cinema, but its not possible to include all names in a single article.

      Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 15 months ago from Dubai

      Came back to read again. Hema Malini and Rekha are my favorites. Hema Malini never ages, she still looks so very beautiful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for coming back to read this hub! Yes you are right these two heroines are so maintained.

      Thank you again!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Old timers like me surely have seen numerous films of each one of these actresses. And for the impact the black and white medium provided a perfect foil.

      Truly remarkable was each one. Madhubala and Vyjantimala are my favorites.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rajan ji, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I have also seen and admired many movies of these great actresses. I hope the young generation gets some idea of these talented heroines through this hub.

      Thank you for sharing your views!

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Madhubala is indeed a classic beauty! I also like Juhi Chawla and Kaajol- both are so vivacious and amazing actresses.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Yes Juhi Chawla and Kajol are equally beautiful and talented and there are so many more in the film industry.

      Thanks again and have a good day!

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      Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago

      A well-researched article, Chitrangada ji. I like Madhubala. Well, I have always admired Sushmita Sen. She has a good sense of humour, beauty along with great oratory skills. Nice hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Surabhi, for appreciating the hub!

      I do understand that many younger people would not be able to relate to my list . There are so many multi talented heroines these days. I also agree that there have been many more classic beauties in Indian cinema. Isn't it beautiful that we have so many talented artists in the film industry to look up to as role models, each one special in their own way.

      Thanks again and have a good day!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 6 months ago from London England

      I was initially impressed by Madhubala's picture and decided to look up the Hindi meaning of her name 'sweet' as in honey, and 'maiden'. Funny how when we went to Saturday cinema matinee as kids how Hollywood whenever a film was set in India, they got it all wrong depicting the people culture and locales. One particular movie (they were all adventure stories) had a Swedish born actress performing a middle eastern belly dance. She was supposed to be a Hindi princess. Oh and it was shot in Morocco with Moroccan extras as Indians.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks limpet for stopping by and your comments!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 months ago from London England

      Aishwarya Rai most definately has a destiny to fulfil.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for reading and commenting limpet!

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