The Top 50 Best Indian Film Actresses in Order

by 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.

1. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna

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.

2. Nutan

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 ...

3. Mumtaz

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 ...

4. Sharmila Tagore

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 ...

5. Saroja Devi B.

Actress | Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham

Saroja Devi B. was born on January 7, 1938 in Bengaluru, Mysore, India. She is an actress, known for Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963), Veer Parshuram (1978) and Beti Bete (1964).

6. Rakhee Gulzar

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...

7. Savitri

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 ...

9. Jayalalitha J

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.

10. Mala Sinha

Actress | Jahan Ara

Mala Sinha was born on November 11, 1936 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India as Alda Sinha. She is known for her work on Jahan Ara (1964), Pyaasa (1957) and Himalay Ki Godmein (1965).

11. Vyjayanthimala

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 ...

13. 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 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.

16. Geeta Bali

Actress | Albela

Geeta Bali was born in 1930 in Sargodha, Punjab, British India as Harikirtan Kaur. She was an actress, known for Albela (1951), Dulari (1949) and Baaz (1953). She was married to Shammi Kapoor. She died on January 21, 1965 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

17. Padmini

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, ...

18. Kanchana

Actress | Daana Veera Soora Karna

Kanchana was born on August 16, 1939 in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India as Vasundhara Devi. She is an actress, known for Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977), Alakh Niranjan (1975) and Arjun Reddy (2017).

19. Rajkumari

Actress | Devdas

Rajkumari is an actress, known for Devdas (1936), Chandralekha (1948) and Sher-e-Bengal (1947).

20. Devika

Actress | Mahamantri Timmarasu

Devika was born in 1943 as Prameela Devi. She was an actress, known for Mahamantri Timmarasu (1962), Shri Krishnavataram (1967) and Saraswati Lakshmi Parvati (1975). She died on April 25, 2002 in Chennai, India.

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.

23. Nanda

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 ...

24. Suraiya

Actress | Jeet

Suraiya was born in 1929 in Lahore, Punjab, British India as Suraiya Jamal Shaikh. She is known for her work on Jeet (1949), Anmol Ghadi (1946) and Dastan (1950). She died on January 31, 2004 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

25. Nimmi

Actress | Barsaat

Nimmi was born in 1932 in Uttar Pradesh, India as Nawab Bano. She is known for her work on Barsaat (1949), Mere Mehboob (1963) and Kundan (1955). She is married to S. Ali Razza.

26. Shyama

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 ...

28. Rekha

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...

30. Jamuna

Actress | Milan

Jamuna was born on August 30, 1937 in Guntur, District, Andhra Pradesh, India. She is known for her work on Milan (1967), Kurukshetramu (1977) and Kurukshetra (1977). She has been married to Ramana Rao J.V. since 1965.

31. L. Vijayalakshmi

Actress | Badal

L. Vijayalakshmi is an actress, known for Badal (1966), Shabnam (1964) and Mahamantri Timmarasu (1962). She has been married to Suraj Kumar De Dutta since 1969. They have one child.

32. Leena Chandavarkar

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), ...

33. Madhubala

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...

34. Shobana

Actress | Manichithrathazhu

Shobana was born on March 21, 1966 in Kerala, India as Shobana Chandrakumar. She is an actress, known for Manichithrathazhu (1993), Kokila (1989) and Mitr: My Friend (2002).

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 ...

36. Sadhana

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 ...

37. Smita Patil

Actress | Bhumika

Smita Patil was born on October 17, 1955 in Pune, State of Bombay, India. She was an actress, known for Bhumika (1977), Chakra (1981) and Raahee (1987). She was married to Raj Babbar. She died on December 13, 1986 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

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.

...

39. Padmini Kolhapure

Actress | Prem Rog

Padmini Kolhapure was born on November 1, 1965 in Maharashtra, India. She is known for her work on Prem Rog (1982), Vidhaata (1982) and Souten (1983). She has been married to Tutu Sharma since 1993.

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 ...

41. Sridevi

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 ...

44. Revathy

Actress | Thevar Magan

Revathy was born on July 8, 1966 in Kochi, Kerala, India as Asha Kelunni. She is an actress and director, known for Thevar Magan (1992), Devasuram (1993) and Kizhakku Vasal (1990). She was previously married to Menon, Suresh.

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 '...

46. Tabu

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, ...

50. Saroja E.V.

Actress | Suvarna Sundari

Saroja E.V. is an actress, known for Suvarna Sundari (1957), Bhookailas (1958) and Saubhagyavati (1957).

51. Kajol

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.

52. Meenakshi Sheshadri

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, ...

54. Vidya Sinha

Actress | Krishna-Krishna

Vidya Sinha was born on November 15, 1947 in Bombay, State of Bombay, India. She is known for her work on Krishna-Krishna (1986), Chhoti Si Baat (1976) and Bodyguard (2011). She was previously married to Venkateshwaran Iyer.

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 ...

56. Helen

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 ...

57. Kamini Kaushal

Actress | Biraj Bahu

Kamini Kaushal was born on February 24, 1927 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. She is an actress, known for Biraj Bahu (1954), Arzoo (1950) and Aag (1948).

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 ...

62. 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...

63. Neelam Kothari

Actress | Hatya

Neelam Kothari was born on March 3, 1968 in India. She is an actress, known for Hatya (1988), Doodh Ka Karz (1990) and Kasam (2001). She has been married to Samir Soni since January 24, 2011. She was previously married to Rishi Sethia.

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;...



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