The 5 best Bollywood actresses of all-time

The 5 best Bollywood actresses of all-time
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Madhubala

Madhubala
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Madhubala (1933-1969), one of the most beautiful Indian actresses of all time, appeared in a wide range of films during the 1950s. ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ is her best-known role, in which she displayed her range of emotions and her ability to dance.

She proved that she was more than just a pretty face with her comedic performance in ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.’ Madhubala possessed both the looks and the talent necessary to succeed in a business where physical attractiveness often takes precedence over actual acting ability. A shamefully underappreciated talent in the Hindi film industry.

Nargis

Nargis
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Nargis’s iconic performance in ‘Mother India’ demonstrated her incredible ability as an actress by age from a teenager to a village elder.

It wasn’t long before she was cast as an educated, sophisticated, liberal urban woman in romantic social dramas with her alleged lover Raj Kapoor. However, her iconic status was only confirmed after she parted ways with Kapoor and appeared in “Mother India.”

Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Meena Kumari (1932-1972), better known as the “tragedy queen,” was an actress who excelled at portraying women who had been mistreated by their men and society in general. Millions of Indian women were moved by her portrayals, and her tearjerkers became moneymakers.

There were times when Kumari tried her hand at comedy, but it was her realistic portrayals of sad women’s lives that still resonate today. The legendary ‘Pakeezah’ singer died not long after it was released (1972).

Hema Malini

Hema Malini
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Hema Malini (born 1948) was India’s ‘dream girl,’ and she ruled Bollywood for more than a decade starting in the early 1970s. Her fair Tamilian features made her a popular choice for Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers.

Indian classical dance was a skill Malini honed during her time as a heroine, and she put it to good use in the many dance numbers she performed. In Bollywood’s most well-known film, ‘Sholay,’ she played the feisty village girl Basanti.

Rekha

Rekha
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Rekha (born 1954) is unquestionably Bollywood’s most famous diva. This starlet’s remarkable transformation from a chubby, unremarkable starlet to a glamorous, trim, and sympathetic actress is legendary.

Throughout her early career, Rekha was known for her sexual symbolism as well as her lack of acting ability. Since her breakthrough as a serious actress in 1980, she has continued to push the boundaries of what is considered ‘arty’ feminist cinema.

Her on-screen pairings with Amitabh Bachchan, the subject of endless rumors among Bollywood fans, will live on in infamy.