Top Hindi film Actresses

In alphabetical order...
And this is on the basis on talent than beauty, which is of course, something very subjective.
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1.
Asha Parekh
Actress, Upkar
Asha Parekh was born in a middle-class Gujarati household to a Hindu father, Pranlal Parekh, and a Muslim mother Sudha Parekh on October 2, 1942 in India. Since she was an only child, she became the center of her parents' lives. Her mother enrolled her in classical dance classes at an early age, and Asha excelled at dance to the point where she performed at stage shows...
“ Most memorable performances - Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Ziddi, Love In Tokyo, Teesri Manzil, Chirag, Kati Patang, Caravan, Udhar ka Sindoor and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki. ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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“ Most memorable performances - Chashme Buddoor, Saath Saath, Angoor, Bawandar, Leela and Firaaq ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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Hema Malini
Actress, Sholay
Hema was born in the Tamil-speaking Chakravarthy household on October 16, 1948 in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. Her dad's name is V.S.R. Chakravarthy and her mom, Jaya, was a film producer. She was enrolled in the Chennai-based Andhra Mahila Sabha. After performing as a dancer in a 1961 regional movie, she was rejected by Tamil Director...
“ Most memorable performances - Seeta aur Geeta, Amir Garib, Prem Nagar, Khushboo, Sanyasi, Kinara, Satte Pe Satta and Meera ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
4.
Jaya Bhaduri
In April 1948 Jabalpur-based, Bengali-speaking Indira and Tarun Kumar Bhaduri were blessed with a child they named Jaya, and enrolled in the St. Joseph's Convent School in Bhopal. Her acting career started when she was 15 in a Bengali film Mahanagar. She became an actress in her own right in Bollywood after the release of Guddi...
“ Most memorable performances - Guddi, Uphaar, Abhimaan, Koshish, Kora Kagaz, Mili, Fiza, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa and Kal Ho Naa Ho ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
5.
Juhi Chawla
Actress, Darr
A certain class and benevolence has always separated Juhi Chawla from her ilk. Her upbringing in a family where education, etiquette and propriety were given their due importance, Juhi was bound to imbibe all the sophistication to cultivate herself as a true lady. A mother heading the hospitality of the Taj Group...
“ Most memorable performances - Pratibandh, Aaina, Daraar, Yes Boss, My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal and Salaam-e-ishq ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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“ Most memorable performances - Yeh Dillagi, DDLJ, Gupt, Dushman, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, U Me aur Hum and My Name Is Khan ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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Konkona Sen Sharma
Actress, Wake Up Sid
Konkona Sen Sharma is an awarding winning actress and the daughter of the celebrated actress and director Aparna Sen. Konkona is regarded as one of the most respected actresses in Bollywood with her memorable performances right from Mr. and Mrs. Iyer to Page 3, from Omkara to Life in a Metro...
“ Most memorable performances - Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Page 3, 15 Park Avenue, Omkara, Metro and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
8.
Madhuri Dixit
Actress, Devdas
Madhuri Dixit started her career with Rajshri productions Abodh. She delivered hits like Tezaab, Ram Lakhna, Prem Pratigya, Dil, Saajan, 100 days, Beta, Khalnayak, Hum Apke Hain Koun, Raja, Dil to Pagal Hai, Pukar, Devdas. She won 11 major awards and 26 nominations. She became the actress of the millennium in 2000...
“ Most memorable performances - Tezaab, Khalnayak, Beta, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Mrityudand, Pukar, Lajja and Devdas ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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Manisha Koirala
Actress, Dil Se..
Manisha was born in the Nepali Koirala family on August 16, 1970. Her dad, B.P. Koirala, was Nepal's Prime Minister before her birth, while two of her paternal grandfather's brothers, Girja Prasad Koirala, and M.P. Koirala were also Nepali Prime Ministers during the 1990s. Manisha grew up with her paternal grandmother in Varanasi...
“ Most memorable performances - 1942: A Love Story, Bombay, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se, Grahan, Lajja and Company ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
10.
Meena Kumari
Born 1933 into a poor Parsee theatre family of Ali Bux and dancer Iqbal begum in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Entered films to support family in difficult times. She was six when hired for Leatherface in 1939 by Vijay Bhatt and named Baby Meena. Later she became Meena Kumari when cast for Bhatt's Baiju Bawra...
“ Most memorable performances - Baiju Bawra, Parineeta, Sahib Bibi Ghulam, Main Chup Rahoongi, Dil Ek Mandir, Kaajal, Phool aur Patthar and Pakeezah ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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Nargis
Actress, Mother India
She was born on June 1, 1929 as Fatima Rashid in Rawalpindi, British India, daughter to Jaddanbai and Uttamchand Mohanchand, a Hindu Mohyal Brahmin. Her mother was a well-known dancer, singer, actor, composer, and director. This is what paved the way for Fatima to become a child artiste (Baby Rani) as early as 1935. She is the sister of Bollywood actor, Anwar Hussain and Akhtar Hussain...
“ Most memorable performances - Andaz, Jogan, Chori Chori, Mother India and Raat aur Din ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
12.
Nutan
Actress, Sujata
Nutan Samarth was born on June 4 1936 to poet Kumarsen Samarth and his actress wife 'Shobhana' as the eldest of their four children (a younger sister is the actress Tanuja). Her parents separated when she was a small child. 13-year-old Nutan made her debut in K. Asif's "Hamari Beti". She was a beauty queen as well...
“ Most Memorable Performances - Seema, Sujata, Chhalia, Bandini, Milan, Anuraag, Saudagar, Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki and Meri Jung ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
13.
Rakhee Gulzar
Actress, Baazigar
Rakhee was born in a Bengali-speaking family in West Bengal, on India's Independence Day - 15th August, 1947. She has no connections with anyone in the film industry in India. She achieved phenomenal success at her very first movie in Bengali 'Bandhu Baran' during the year 1967. She was then noticed by noted Bollywood actor...
“ Most memorable performances - Aankhon Aankhon Mein, Daag, Tapasya, Kabhi Kabhie, Humkadam, Doosra Aadmi, Trishna, Jurmana, Baseraa, Shakti, Saaheb, Ram Lakhan, Anari, Karan Arjun, Border and Soldier ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
14.
Rani Mukerji
Actress, Veer-Zaara
Mukerji comes from a film-oriented family of Bengali origin. Her father, Ram Mukherjee, is a retired director and one of the founders of "Filmalaya Studios". Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, was a playback singer. Her brother, Raj Mukherjee is a film producer, now turned director. Her maternal aunt...
“ Most memorable performances - Saathiya, Chalte Chalte, Yuva, Hum Tum, Veer-Zaara, Black, Bunty aur Babli and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
15.
Rekha
Bhanurekha was born in the Tamil-speaking Ganesan household on October 10, 1954. Her dad was the popular Tamil actor, Gemini, while her mom was a popular Telugu actress, Pushpavalli. She has seven sisters and one brother. One of her sisters is Dr. Kamala Selvaraj, while another one, Radha, lives in San Francisco with a son named Naveed, who is being readied to act in Bollywood movies...
“ Most memorable performances - Ghar, Khoobsurat, Judai, Jeevan Dhaara, Umaro Jaan, Khoon Bhari Maang, Phool Bane Angaarey, Muqaddar ka Sikandar and Lajja ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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Shabana Azmi
Actress, Neerja
One of the leading lights of the now-largely-defunct Indian New Wave, Shabana Azmi (alongside the late Smita Patil) was one of the main female actors who dominated the films of the so-called "Parallel Cinema" in India in the 1970s and 1980s. Born to noted Urdu progressive poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi and theatre actress Shaukat Azmi...
“ Most memorable performances - Ankur, Swami, Thodisi Bewafaii, Arth, Avtaar, Mandi, Masoom, Khandhar, Paar, Bhavna, Sparsh, Godmother, Mrityudand, Makdee, Libaas and Tehzeeb ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
17.
Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore is a Bengali actress, who has now achieved success in Hindi films produced by Bollywood. Sharmila Tagore's ancestor was the noted Rabindranath Tagore. Sharmila married the famous Indian cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan, and since then her marriage has been intact. Sharmila has one son and two daughters...
“ Most memorable performances - Aradhana, Amar Prem, Safar, Mausam, Namkeen, Sunny and Viruddh ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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“ Most memorable performances - Manthan, Bhumika, Aakrosh, Chakra, Arth, Mandi, Bazaar, Chidambaram, Mirch Masala and Aaj Ki Awaaz ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
19.
Sridevi
Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963 in her father's hometown of Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India. Her mother was from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. So Sridevi grew up speaking Telugu and Tamil. She has a sister named Srilatha and a stepbrother named Satish. Her dad passed away during the year 1991, while her mom died during 1997...
“ Most memorable performances - Sadma, Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Chandni, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah, Gumrah, Laadla and Judaai ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
20.
Tabu
Actress, Life of Pi
Tabu is an Indian actress. She has mainly acted in Hindi films, though she has also starred in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali-language films, as well as one American film. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, and holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare's Critics Award for Best Female Performer...
“ Most memorable performances - Vijaypath, Maachis, Jeet, Virasat, Hu Tu Tu, Astitva, Chandni Bar and Cheeni Kum ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
21.
Urmila Matondkar
Actress, Satya
The daughter of a lecturer, actress Urmila Matondkar began her celluloid career as a child artiste with the film _Kalyug (1980)_. Although an average film at the box-office, her next film, Masoom, about a family coping with an illegitimate member, showed her acting talents blossom and she received critical acclaim from both her fans and the film fraternity...
“ Most memorable performances - Rangeela, Satya, Judaai, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Pinjar, Tehzeeb, Bhoot, Ek Hasina Thi, Bas Ek Pal and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
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Vidya Balan
Actress, Kahaani
Vidya was born in Palghat, Kerala, India. Her family consists of her dad, P.R. Balan, who is the Vice-President of ETC Channel; mom - a home-maker, and an elder sister, Priya, who is married to Kedar. She also has an aunt by the name of Raji Raju. The Balan family re-located to live at Road No. 11...
“ Most memorable performances - Parineeta, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Paa and Ishqiya ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar
 
23.
Waheeda Rehman
Waheeda was born in a Tamil and Urdu-speaking family in Chengalpattu-Tamil Nadu, India. Her father was the District Magistrate which led him to be posted in several places. Tragedy visited her in 1948 when her dad passed away. Her mom passed away in 1955. A year after her dad's death she appeared in a Telegu movie 'Rojulu Marayi'...
“ Most memorable performances - Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, Teesri Kasam, Guide, Ram aur Shyam, Neel Kamal, Khamoshi, Kabhi Kabhie Reshma aur Shera, Namkeen and Lamhe ” - MrsFarhanAkhtar