Classy, Elegant and Fashion Icons of the Indian Cinema-Past & Present

They are classy On or Off the screen. They don't need a Lulla or a Malhotra on a retainer, to look good. They have an innate sense of fashion and style that makes them look radiant at all times. They have class and elegance that sets them apart from the tinsel town actresses.
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Rajshree
Actress, Brahmachari
Rajshree Shantaram is the daughter of noted V. Shantaram, who passed away in October 1990. She is the daughter of actress, Jayashree, who passed away recently on October, 19, 2004. Jayashree was the second wife of V. Shantaram. Rajshree's brother, Kiran Shantaram, was the former Sheriff of Bombay, Maharashtra...
“ In a lesser known movie called "Geet Gaya Patharone" with Jeetendra, in the late 60's, she was the foremost fashion icon that really set the Indian fashion trend. This movie produced by her father and the venerable, V.Shantaram, was full of color, song and dance in the fashion of a Musical. Early matrimony led her to leave India leaving a big void in the Indian movies and fashion. ” - Herag Halli
 
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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'...
“ Merryl Streep for acting Liz Taylor for looks--a rare combination and not to mention classy all the way. ” - Herag Halli
 
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Vyjayanthimala
Actress, Madhumati
Vyjayanthimala was born to actress and dancer Vasundhara Devi in a Tamil-speaking family in Chennai, India, on August 13, 1936. At the age of 4, she got the rare chance of performing a dance before the Pope. Then at the age of 15, while in her final year at school, she was signed-up by family friend...
“ Looked the classiest in "Sangam." ” - Herag Halli
 
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Sadhana
Actress, Waqt
Sadhana was born on September 2, 1941 and was named after her father's favorite actress Sadhona Bose. Her father and actor Hari Shivdasani were brothers, and Hari's daughter is actress Babita Kapoor. Sadhana was an only child and her parents made her the center of their lives; in fact, her mother home-schooled her until she was 8 years old...
“ Probably the classiest fashion icon, that will never be outdone. The most beutiful woman Ever to appear on Any Screen..the Hedy Lamar of the East. ” - Herag Halli
 
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Mumtaz
Mumtaz was born on July 31, 1947 to Abdul Sameed Askari and Sardar Begum Habib Agha aka Naaz, both of Iranian origin but settled in Bombay, India. Mumtaz first appeared in as child artist in Sanskar (1952),Yasmin (1955),Lajwanti (1958),Sone Ki Chidiya (1958),Stree(1961).Her mother, Naaz, was also an actress in films...
“ She and Rajesh Khanna made an indelible pair in the late 60"s. Both were Icons for the masses who could not get enough of them. ” - Herag Halli
 
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Actress, Jodhaa Akbar
Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a hot favorite in the run for miss world title...
“ On her own, she has better fashion sense and sytle but her Cannes outfits need help. ” - Herag Halli
 
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Simi Garewal
Simi Garewal was born on October 17, 1947 to a Punjabi Sikh family in India. Her father was J.S Garewal who was in the military. Her mother was a homemaker. Her family migrated to London in early 1953 when she was barely 6 years old. In 1961, she moved back to India in order to become an actress. She was offered a small role in the English film Tarzan Goes to India...
“ The evergreen fashion icon.."The Lady in White" She knew fashion before the advent of fashion designers. ” - Herag Halli
 
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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...
“ Along with Sameera Reddy the classiest women from The South. ” - Herag Halli
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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Raveena Tandon
Daughter of Bombay film industry (Bollywood) director Ravi Tandon. Raveena dropped out of Bombay's Meethibai College to pursue a career as a model with middling success. She made her movie debut with the flop _Pathar Ke Phool (1991)_. Her next few films were also failures and it was only with Andaz Apna Apna that she tasted success...
“ She was the best dressed in the recent "IIFA" awards held in Singapore. ” - Herag Halli
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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Sameera Reddy
Sameera's versatility as an actress and a trained Indian classical dancer made her perfect for Bollywood films. She debuted in a music video that got her noticed and kick started her movie career as one of the top actresses in India and has appeared in over fifteen films in just four years. She has...
“ Classy and one of the sexiest actresses in India along with Rakhi Sawant. ” - Herag Halli
 
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Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha. She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising campaigns for Liril...
“ A fashion Icon. ” - Herag Halli
 
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“ One of the classiest in Hindi cinema as seen in "Baghban" ” - Herag Halli
 
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Udita Goswami
Actress, Paap
Udita was was born in Dehradun to a father from Varanasi and a mother from Shillong. She studied in Maa Anandmayi Memorial and D.A.V. Public schools until the 8th standard. Always wanting to be part of showbiz, she was not quite happy with her life in Dehradun. When she proposed to re-locate to Bombay, her parents initially opposed, but subsequently let her have her own way...
 
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Kareena Kapoor
Actress, 3 Idiots
Kareena was born to Sindhi-speaking Babita (nee Shivdasani) and Punjabi-speaking Randhir Kapoor in Bombay, India. She has an elder sister, Karisma. She is born in a family that have been actors for generations, including her paternal great-grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor; her grandfather, Raj Kapoor; her paternal uncles...