Bollywood beauties have always captured our imagination both in reel and real life. Not only they have ignited our emotions through their portrayal of different roles on the silver screen but some of them have also inspired us through their off-screen lives. This Women’s day, Bollywoodshaadis salutes these inspiring women of the Indian film industry.
Vidya Balan is the ultimate new-age Bollywood diva. She is experimental, outspoken and bindaas. Be it her curves in The Dirty Picture or a baby-bump in Kahaani, she carries everything with supreme confidence. In this process, she has also broken many set notions about women in the industry. Her marriage to Siddharth Roy Kapoor is a testimony to fact that love and independence are not two mutually exclusive things for a modern woman. Kudos!
She is elegance, enigma and energy personified. The most mythical of any Bollywood star, Rekha’s mystery derives from her evergreen beauty and inimitable demeanor. Surely, the days when she ruled the silver screen are over, but she still rules the hearts of her fans. She has always been the symbol of a strong and graceful woman in an industry ruled by men. And, the way she carries herself in public is surely something to learn from.
From the cute damsel in films like Guddi, Mili to the wife of a superstar in real life; from a member of parliament to a loving grandmother, Jaya Bachchan has played many roles in her life. One of the most talented and understated actors of all time, Jaya has always been the pillar of strength for the most talked about family of Bollywood.
The bubbly and talented Miss Zinta is one the best looking actress to have graced the screen. But she is not just all looks, as she proved with her testimony in a court case. Preity confessed that she had received threats from the underworld to act in a film. While many of her co-stars changed their statements, she stood by it. She was also awarded a bravery award for this. Surely, she is not afraid to speak her mind. She is also one the original tweeple of Bollywood.
Long before Priyanka was declared the most beautiful woman in the world and went on to become a Bollywood star, she was just an average gawky kid with her own share of problems. Priyanka herself has said that as a student in a US school, she was called "browny" by fellow students and fingers were pointed at her for being an Indian. The way, this ‘imperfect’ kid has transformed herself into one of the most beautiful and confident women is surely something to get inspiration from.
In an industry dominated by the star power of its leading males, this heroine is a no less than a hero. Kareena Kapoor is one of the highest paid actresses (more than many heroes) and has reinvented herself as the most versatile female lead in the industry. She is the only one heroine in recent times to be paired opposite the three powerful Khans and she is married to the fourth Khan- Saif. Though she was born in the first family of Bollywood, she has built her stardom by herself.
She is the Dreamgirl of millions. At the height of her popularity, Hema Malini ruled the industry like no woman had ever done before. Since then she has donned many hats- a director, an editor, a politician, a social activist and most importantly, a mother. She proved that she still rules our hearts with her comeback in Baghban. And of course, she is a great dancer whose grace and skills are unparalleled.
She is the one who has proved star sons or daughters are not just limited to following in their parents’ footsteps. She was the one who revolutionised Indian television with her own saas-bahu formula for success. Now she is a successful filmmaker, with hits like The Dirty Picture, Kya Kool hain Hum and Once upon a Time in Mumbai. Love her or hate her you cannot ignore her, she is everywhere.
She makes leading men and women of Bollywood dance at her fingertips, literally. Hers is a ‘riches to rags and again to riches’ story. Born into a filmy family, which saw bad times after her father’s film flopped, Farah always wanted to work in films. She found her place as a choreographer and went on to become a successful director as well. She became a mother of triplets at the age of 43. Farah has seen the highs and lows of life and always came out with a smile.
She is the object of envy for millions of women; after all being married to the most loved man in the country Shahrukh Khan is not an easy job. But, Gauri Khan has not only managed to live up to the task but has also created her own place in the glam-town. She remains one of the most stylish ladies of Bollywood. And, she is also one of the best mother and wife around.