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Top 10: Most Beautiful and Successful Bollywood Actresses
10. Dia Mirza
DOB: December 9, 1981
She is an Indian model, actress and producer, who won the 2000 Miss Asia Pacific International title. Mirza has primarily worked in Bollywood, and is known in media for her social work. She co-owns a production house Born Free Entertainment along with Sahil Sangha. Their first film, Love Breakups Zindagi, made under the banner was released on 7 October 2011.
Dia Mirza was a second runner up at Femina Miss India, 2000 and was subsequently sent to Miss Asia Pacific 2000, where she won. She also won Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon and Miss Close-Up Smile in Miss India. When she won the Miss Asia Pacific title on 3 December 2000 in Manila, Philippines, she became the first Indian contestant to win this title in 29 years. She completed the hat-trick of India winning international pageants in the year 2000; Lara Dutta won the Miss Universe title and Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title in the same year. The win came to her as a golden opportunity and opened the doors of Bollywood for her.
9. Huma Qureshi
DOB: July 28, 1986
She is an Indian actress who mainly works in Hindi cinema. She worked as a theatre actor and model before beginning her film career. After starring in several theatrical productions, Qureshi moved to Mumbai and signed a two-year contract with Hindustan Unilever to appear in television commercials. During the shoot of a Samsung mobile commercial, Anurag Kashyap noticed her acting ability and signed her for his films.
She made her feature film debut with a supporting role in the 2012 critically acclaimed crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 and Part 2. Qureshi's performance won wide critical acclaim, earning several nominations in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Female Debut category (including Filmfare).
She further received critical acclaim for her portrayal of a range of characters, including a witch in the horror thriller Ek Thi Daayan, a RAW explosives expert in the underworld drama D-Day, and the promiscuous companion of a Begum in the black comedy thriller Dedh Ishqiya. In 2012, IBN Live called her one of the most promising newcomers in India.
8. Shraddha Kapoor
DOB: March 3, 1989
She is an Indian film actress and singer who appears in Bollywood films. The daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor, she began her acting career with a brief role in the 2010 heist film Teen Patti, and followed it with her first leading role in the teen drama Luv Ka The End (2011).
She received a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination for her breakthrough role in the highly successful romantic drama Aashiqui 2 (2013), and subsequently featured in the commercially successful thriller Ek Villain (2014) and the critically acclaimed drama Haider (2014).
7. Deepika Padukone
DOB: January 5, 1986
She is an Indian film actress and model. She has established a successful career in Bollywood films, and is cited in the media as one of the most popular and attractive Indian celebrities.
She received praise for portraying the lead female roles in the 2009 romance Love Aaj Kal and the 2010 drama Lafangey Parindey, but her performances in the 2008 romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno and the 2010 comedy Housefull met with negative reviews.
She followed it with roles in a series of commercially unsuccessful films that failed to propel her career forward. The 2012 box office hit Cocktail marked a significant turning point in her career, earning her critical acclaim and Best Actress nominations at several award ceremonies. In 2013,
She established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema by playing primary roles in the comedies Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani andChennai Express (both of which rank among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time), and won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in the tragic romance Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.
Alongside her acting career, Padukone participates in stage shows, has written columns for an Indian newspaper, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. Her off-screen life is the subject of fervent tabloid reporting in India.
6. Nargis Fakhri
DOB: October 20, 1979
She is an American model and actress who works mainly in Hindi films or Bollywood. She has appeared on America's Next Top Model and made her acting debut with the 2011 film Rockstar. She gained further success for her roles inMadras Cafe (2013) and Main Tera Hero(2014).
Nargis Fakhri appeared on America's Next Top Model Cycles 2 and 3 in 2004. She posed for the 2009 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar.
In 2011,she made her Bollywood film debut playing the female lead in Imtiaz Ali's musical romantic drama Rockstar. Film critic Taran Adarsh wrote, "Nargis is a stunner as far as looks are concerned, but isn't persuasive in poignant moments", however, he praised her on-screen chemistry with co-star Ranbir Kapoor.
5. Parineeti Chopra
DOB: October 22, 1988
She is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. Chopra initially aspired to pursue a career in investment banking, but after obtaining a triple honours degree (in business, finance and economics) from Manchester Business School she returned to India during the 2009 economic recession and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. Later, she signed a three-film deal with the company as an actress.
She made her acting debut with a supporting role in the 2011 romantic comedyLadies vs Ricky Bahl, a moderate box-office success. Her performance in the film garnered critical appreciation and earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In addition to acting in films, she is also active in humanitarian work, and has a number of endorsement deals. Her prime accomplishments have made her one of the most promising new actresses in India.
4. Kajol Devgan
DOB: August 5, 1974
She is an Indian film actress who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. She has received six Filmfare Awards from eleven nominations, and along with her late aunt Nutan, holds the record for most Best Actress wins at Filmfare, with five. In 2011, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country. She, thus, established herself as one of India's most successful female actors.
Kajol Devgan is a social activist and is noted for her work with widows and children, for which she received the Karmaveer Puraskaar in 2008. She has featured as a talent judge for Zee TV's reality show, Rock-N-Roll Family (2008) and holds a managerial position at Devgn Entertainment and Software.
In 2006, Kajol was one of the four Bollywood actors, alongside Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Shahrukh Khan, whose miniature dolls were launched in the United Kingdom, under the name of "Bollywood Legends". In 2010, Kajol and herMy Name is Khan co-star, Shahrukh Khan, became the first Indian actors to be invited by NASDAQ to open the American stock exchange.
3. Katrina Kaif
DOB: July 16, 1983
She is a British Indian film actress and model. She is primarily known for her work in Bollywood films and has appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. In addition to being one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses, Kaif is cited in the media as one of India's most attractive celebrities.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, she has established herself as a commercially successful actress of Hindi cinema.
She is known to be particularly guarded about her personal life, which has been the subject of extensive media scrutiny. Kaif's background has also been the topic of much discussion, with various sources accusing her of fabricating her history.
2. Madhuri Dixit
DOB: 15 May 1967
She is an Indian film actress who is known for her work in Hindi cinema. She is often cited as one of the best actresses of Bollywood, renowned as the original dancing diva. Madhuri enjoyed major critical and commercial success during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
She made her film debut in Abodh (1984) and received wider public recognition with Tezaab (1988). She went on to establish herself as one of Hindi cinema's leading actresses, acknowledged for several of her performances, beauty, smile and accomplished dancing.
She has won six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special Filmfare award for completing 25 years in Bollywood. She holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations (13) at Filmfare. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India, or her overall contribution to the Indian film industry.
1. Aishwarya Rai
DOB: November 1, 1973
She is an Indian film actress and model. Aishwarya Rai has established herself as a leading contemporary actress of Indian cinema and has become one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses.
She was the first runner-up of the Miss India pageant, and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 1994. She made her acting debut in the 199 7biographical film, Iruvar and starred in the 1998 romantic drama Jeans.
She has received several awards and nominations, including two Filmfare Awards, and was awarded with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2012.
Aishwarya Rai is regarded as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India, and is often cited in the media as the "most beautiful woman in the world".