The Top 50 Best Indian Film Actresses in Orderby shrikant-narayanan | created - 05 Dec 2010 | updated - 18 Feb 2017 | Public
This list has been sorted and ranked on basis that a beautiful and a better versatile actress who has done many films of different genres and has played different roles precedes the next best actress.
Actress | Laila Majnu
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna was born on September 7, 1925 in Doddavaram, Madras Presidency, British India. She is known for her work on Laila Majnu (1949), Chandirani (1953) and Tahsildar (1944). She was married to P.S. Ramakrishna Rao. She died on December 24, 2005 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
Actress | Seema
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 ...
Actress | Khilona
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 ...
Actress | Abar Aranye
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 ...
Actress | Daag: A Poem of Love
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...
Actress | Narthanasala
Savitri was born on December 6, 1937 in Chirravuru, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. She was an actress and director, known for Narthanasala (1963), Deepavali (1960) and Devadasu (1953). She was married to Gemini Ganesan. She died on December 26, 1981 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
8. Meena Kumari
Actress | Kaajal
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 (1939) in 1939 by Vijay Bhatt and named Baby Meena. Later she became Meena Kumari when cast for ...
Actress | Shri Krishna Satya
Jayalalitha J was born on February 24, 1948 in Mandya, Mysore State, India as Jayalalithaa Jayaraman. She is known for her work on Shri Krishna Satya (1971), Aame Evaru (1966) and Tu Hi Ram Tu Hi Krishna (1976). She died on December 5, 2016 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Actress | Devdas
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...
12. 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 ...
Actress | Mother India
She was born on June 1, 1929 as Fatima Rashid in Rawalpindi, British India, daughter to Jaddanbai and Uttamchand Mohanchand, a former Hindu Mohyal Brahmin who converted to Islam as Abdul Rashid. Her mother was a well-known dancer, singer, actor, composer, and director. This is what paved the way ...
14. Waheeda Rehman
Actress | Guide
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...
15. Suchitra Sen
Actress | Saptapadi
Suchitra Sen was born on April 6, 1931 in Pabna, Bengal Presidency, British India as Roma Dasgupta. She was an actress, known for Saptapadi (1961), Devdas (1955) and Mamta (1966). She was married to Dibanath Sen. She died on January 17, 2014 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Actress | Thillana Mohanambal
Padmini was born on June 12, 1932 in Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore, British India. She was an actress and director, known for Thillana Mohanambal (1968), Kaajal (1965) and Poove Poochudava (1985). She was married to Dr. K. T. Ramachandran. She died on September 24, 2006 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, ...
21. Asha Parekh
Actress | Kati Patang
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, ...
22. Nalini Jaywant
Actress | Kala Pani
Nalini Jaywant was born on February 18, 1926 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. She was an actress, known for Kala Pani (1958), Munimji (1955) and Jadoo (1951). She was married to Prabhu Dayal and V.C. Desai. She died on December 22, 2010 in Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Actress | Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain
A film career spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s, Nanda was born on January 8, 1941, to a show-business Marathi family in Bombay, India. Her father was actor Master Vinayak, and her mother was Sushila. Nanda was the third of seven brothers and sisters. When she was just 5 years old, her father ...
Actress | Sharada
Shyama was born on June 7, 1935 in Lahore, Punjab, British India as Khurshid Akhtar. She was an actress, known for Sharada (1957), Khazanchi (1958) and Isi Ka Naam Duniya Hai (1962). She was married to Fali Mistry. She died on November 14, 2017 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
27. Reena Roy
Actress | Apnapan
Reena Roy was a famous leading lady of Hindi films from 1972-1985. She came from a broken home, a Muslim father and Hindu mother, who separated after having four children together. Reena is their third child, and she started films in her early teens. Her career in films started off inauspiciously ...
Actress | Koi... Mil Gaya
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...
29. 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...
Actress | Rakhwala
Born in the Dharwar/Karwar region in the State of Karnataka (formerly known as Mysore), in the Marathi-speaking Chandavarkar family, this beautiful actress, with an oval cherubic face and innocent smile, has acted in many films like Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (1970), Humjoli (1970), Rakhwala (1971), ...
Actress | Mughal-E-Azam
Arguably the most beautiful artiste to ever grace the Indian screen, Madhubala rose from humble beginnings to become the most captivating star India has ever produced. Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jehan Begum on Valentine's Day 1933, in a poor, conservative family of Pathan Muslims in Delhi, a part of...
35. Amala Akkineni
Actress | Life Is Beautiful
She was one of India's darling film stars--pretty, vivacious and a stunning dancer. She is a strong promoter of vegetarianism and an Animal Rights Activist who is actively involved with The Blue Cross. Amala was born in Bengal to an Irish Mother and Bengali Father. She has an elder brother and ...
Actress | Woh Kaun Thi?
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 ...
38. Saira Banu
Actress | Padosan
Saira was born into a Urdu-speaking family in India. Her mom's name is Naseem Banu.
She spent much of her childhood in London and was able to debut in 1961 in a Bollywood movie 'Junglee' opposite Shammi Kapoor.
At the age of 22, she got married to Yusuf Khan, alias Bollywood superstar Dilip Kumar.
40. Shabana Azmi
Actress | Fire
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 ...
Actress | English Vinglish
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 ...
42. Jaya Prada
Actress | Sharaabi
Jayaprada was born as Lalita Rani in a middle class household to Krishna and Neelavani in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh on April 3, 1962. She was a small town girl with dreams of becoming a doctor. Her mother enrolled her in dance and music classes when she was seven years old, in addition to going ...
43. Jaya Bhaduri
Actress | Kal Ho Naa Ho
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 ...
45. Juhi Chawla
Actress | 3 Deewarein
Juhi was born in the Chawla family on November 13, 1967 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, and is the daughter of Punjabi-speaking dad, Dr. S. Chawla and Gujarati-speaking mom, Mona. She has a brother named Sanjeev. Her mother passed away in an accident during the year 1998 while Juhi was filming '...
Actress | Haider
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...
47. 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 ...
48. Manisha Koirala
Actress | Dil Se..
Manisha Koirala (born 16 August 1970) is a Nepali actress who mainly appears in Bollywood, though she has worked in several South Indian and her native country's films. Noted for her acting prowess, Koirala is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards-and is one of India's ...
49. Rani Mukerji
Actress | Black
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, ...
Actress | Kuch Kuch Hotha Hai
Kajol was born on August 5, 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Kajol Mukherjee. She is an actress, known for Kuch Kuch Hotha Hai (1998), Destroyed in Love (2006) and My Name Is Khan (2010). She has been married to Ajay Devgn since February 24, 1999. They have two children.
Actress | Mahaguru
Meenakshi Sheshadri (born on November 16th 1963) is an Indian (Bollywood) film actress and dancer who acted in more than 20 Bollywood films during her times. She won the Miss India contest in 1981 at age 17, nominated as the youngest woman to be crowned Miss India. Making her debut film into ...
53. 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, ...
55. Karisma Kapoor
Actress | Dil To Pagal Hai
Born into Bombay filmdom's legendary Kapoor clan, Karisma Kapoor made her film debut with Prem Qaidi (1991) opposite Harish. Her next big hit was Anari (1993) and during this time she made news with a fight with her Andaz Apna Apna (1994) co-star, actress Raveena Tandon. She had a series of hit ...
Actress | Sholay
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 ...
58. Neetu Singh
Actress | Chakravyuha
Sonia Singh, now known as Neetu Singh, started her career as a child artiste (Baby Neetu/Sonia) in Bollywood movies (Pavitra Paapi, Waaris &c), and went on to become a full-fledged Bollywood movie actress, with a reputation of having her mom accompany her to almost all shoots. She married her ...
59. Tina Ambani
Actress | Pukar
Tina was born in a Gujarati-speaking family in Bombay on February 11, 1955. The Munim family used to live in Bhuleshwar.
Tina shot into fame during the year 1978 when she represented India at the International Teen Contest in Aruba. She won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Bikini awards.Pretty, very ...
60. Preity Zinta
Actress | Veer-Zaara
Preity Zinta shot to fame as the refreshing, cool, wet model in the Liril commercial. She also modeled for Perk and her dimpled smile won the hearts of millions. Preity never thought she would be an actress. Kapoor saw her in the Liril commercial and liked her so much that he instantly decided that...
61. Poonam Dhillon
Actress | Poonam
Born on April 18, 1962 in Kanpur, India, Cusp-born Poonam Dhillon is one of three children of former Aeronautics Engineer, Amrik Singh, and mom, Gurcharan Kaur. She has a brother, and a sister, Dr. Rishma Pai, who has a medical practice in Bombay. She studied in Carmel Convent High School in ...
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...
64. Kareena Kapoor
Actress | Jab We Met
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;...