ASIAN DIVAS (OVER 40 YEARS)

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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...
“ In her all movies, especially Umrao Jaan (1981), Lajja (2001), Zubeidaa (2001) and Yatra (2007) ” - katka50
 
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Helen
Actress, Mohabbatein
Helen was born in Burma to an Anglo Indian father named George Desmier and a Burmese mother named Marlene. Her father went missing during the Second World War. Her family migrated to India in 1942 as refugees in order to escape from the Japanese invasion of Burma. Helen was introduced to Bollywood in 1953 by the famous dancer Cuckoo...
“ Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Mohabbatein (2000), Marigold (2007) ” - katka50
 
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Nandita Das
Actress, Earth
“ Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Before the Rains ( 2007), Provoked (2007), I Am (2011) ” - katka50
 
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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...
“ Jhankaar Beat (2003), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Salaam-e-Ishq (2007), I AM (Indian Movie 2011) ” - katka50
 
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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...
“ Dil Se (1998), Lajja (2001), I AM (Indian Movie 2011) ” - katka50
 
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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...
“ Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Soch (2002) ” - katka50
 
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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...
“ The Bengali Night (1988), Umrao Jaan (2006) ” - katka50
 
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“ Bawandar (2000), Monsoon Wedding (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Aap Ki Khatir (2006), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) (In this English Movie she performanced a pure Indian Woman) ” - katka50
 
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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...
“ Border (1997), The Namesake (2007) ” - katka50
 
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Sharmila Tagore
A Bengali actress who achieved success young, Sharmila appeared in numerous Bengali classics before making the jump to Hindi cinema, which first made her a romantic actress and later a legendary actress thanks to her intense films opposite Superstar Rajesh Khanna. A distant relative of poet Rabindranath Tagore...
“ Eklavya(2007), Antaheen (2009), Break Ke Bad (2010) ” - katka50
 
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“ Bandit Queen (1994), Water (2005), Shaurya (2008) ” - katka50
 
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“ Rakhi (2006), Leader (2010) ” - katka50
 
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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...
“ Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) ” - katka50
 
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Madhuri Dixit
Actress, Devdas
Born in a Marathi-speaking Koknastha Hindu Brahmin family consisting of dad, Shankar, mom, Snehlata, sisters, Rupa and Bharati, and brother, Ajit. An acclaimed Kathak dancer, acting was not her goal, for she wanted to be a Micro-biologist, and did study in that course in Bombay's Parle College, in Vile Parle (East), Bombay...
“ Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Lajja (2001), Devdas (2002), Aaja Nachle (2007) ” - katka50
 
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Li Gong
Actress, 2046
Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated in 1989...
“ In her all movies, especially: Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Mary from Beijing (1992), To live (1994), The Great Conqueror's Concubine (1994), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Shanghai (2010), What Women Want (2011) ” - katka50
 
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“ Shanghai Blues(1984), Tempting Heart (1999)20 30 40 (2004), ” - katka50
 
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Anita Mui
With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called the "Madonna of Hong Kong")...
“ (She was Hong Kong singer, and well known her as an actress across the Asian region also. Unfortunately She died at the early age of 40) Last Song in Paris (1986), Rouge (1988), ” - katka50
 
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“ Casino Raiders (1989), Once Upon a Time in China, (1993)The Great Conqueror's Concubine (1994), ” - katka50
 
19.
Valerie Chow
Valerie Chow was born in Hong Kong as Ka-Ling Chow, the only daughter of a well-off family. In 1991, she won Miss Hong Kong Pageant as the first runner up. She went back to Hong Kong University to finish her law degree before returning, in 1993, to her acting career. Chow's career kicked off with a good start with "Wan 9 Zhao 5" (Twenty Something)...
“ Ma Wing Jing (1997) ” - katka50
 
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“ The Sea is Watching (2012) ” - katka50
 
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“ Love Letter (1995), Love 2000 (TV Series 2000) ” - katka50
 
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Joan Chen
Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (A.K.A. "The Little Flower") won China's Best Actress award...
“ The Last Emperor (1987), Red Rose White Rose (1994), Jasmine Women (2004) ” - katka50
 
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“ Raise the Red Lanern (1991), Lust, Caution (2007) ” - katka50
 
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Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning first runner-up...
“ Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996), Hero (2002), 2046 (2004) ” - katka50
 
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Zeenat Aman
Actress, Don
Zeenat Aman was born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father Amanullah who was one of the writers for the classic "Mughal-e-Azam", on November 19th, 1951. Zeenat was an only child and her parents divorced when she was a little girl. A graduate of Saint Xavier's school in Bombay. Her father passed away when she was 13...
“ Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Dharam Veer (1977), Don (1978) ” - katka50