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The 5 Most Popular Bollywood Actresses

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Bollywood is the nickname for the mainstream Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). They produce most films in India, the world's largest film market going by number of feature films produced. These films often showcase large song and dance segments, their signature characteristic.

Given the popularity of Bollywood cinema, it shouldn't be surprising that its actresses are among the world's most accomplished and beautiful. There are many other popular and sexy Bollywood film actresses, but this list highlights the five most popular. Each is unique in her own right and brings her individual talents to each role.

That's Bollywood

One of the things that make Bollywood films so popular is the music. Many of the films contain a lot of musical numbers that are current with the music that is popular at the time. These songs are liked by so many that they can be very lengthy which the audience is actually used to and fond of. The actors are not required to actually sing for the musical segments. If an actor does not have singing talents, a voice track is played and they lip sync the words. Many actors do this and it is a common practice that does not deter from the quality of the film.

The dancing segments are another thing that makes them so popular. The dances are choreographed very precisely and there are often a lot of actors and dancers involved, sometimes even hundreds. These large scale dance numbers are elaborate and full of energy that entices audiences. In other countries that publicize a Bollywood film release, they often advertise them by showing the dance segments because they are known so well all over the world.

The visual themes of these films are done beautifully as is the art direction which keeps the attention of the audience. There are many colors on screen that are bright and vibrant, especially when the dancing is happening. It is hard to take your eyes off of the screen when the artistic aspects of the production are being shown.

1. Aishwarya Rai

The most popular Hindi actress is Aishwarya Rai. She was born in Mangalore, India. She started acting at the age of 24 in 1997 and has made many Bollywood films. She's even crossed over to American cinema a few times. She is a former Miss World winner and landed a beauty campaign in the United States. She also married a famous Bollywood actor who is the son of another extremely famous Bollywood actor. She has been nominated (and won) many awards.

2. Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty is extremely popular as well. She is an actress and a model and made her acting debut in 1993 at the age of 18. She shortly landed her first leading role a year after she began acting. She has appeared in a very large amount of Hindi films and her younger sister is also an actress with whom she has done some work with. She has done some television work in the United Kingdom appearing in a reality show which she won. She is involved with nonprofit organizations and is an award winning actress.

3. Ameesha Patel

Another very popular Bollywood actress is Ameesha Patel. Her acting career began in the year 2000 when she was 25-years-old. She has starred in some of the biggest and most successful Hindi films of all-time. She is married to a filmmaker in India.

4. Esha Deol

Esha Deol is another popular Bollywood actress. She stared her acting career in 2002 at 21 years of age. Both of her parents are also actors. Besides being an actress, she has also trained in dancing, which is essential to having a Bollywood career.

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5. Priyanka Chopra

Also very popular is Priyanka Chopra. She started making films in 2002 when she was 20-years-old. She is also a former Miss World, as well as a model. She has many major films to her credit, where she has played a doctor, model, and fashion designer. She has even played a role where she portrayed a woman married to several men.

Bollywood Actresses


Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 17, 2020:

SHILPA stands out admirably.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 14, 2020:

Hooray for Bollywood !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on March 09, 2020:

Let us pay tribute on International Women's day to all those Ladies who have championed the Women's cause.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 28, 2020:

So fascinating is the exotic 'Femme Fatale'.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 27, 2020:

Are there any promising 'new comers' to the scene ?

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 22, 2020:

I was to comment on Deepika Padukone on the hub but when I saw Shilpa Shetty, how can I ignore her !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 30, 2019:

Sophia Loren has come and gone, Shilpa Shetty is here to stay !

kato the slave. on September 05, 2019:

Is unbelievable how much such a fascinating Lady can excel in just about every aspect of her brilliant career. The best is yet to come for her.

Katrina fan on August 21, 2015:

I hate all of these acctresses

Only katrina is best

P on March 10, 2012:

Ash+Arjun Rampal

Ash+Salman Khan



Abishek on December 04, 2011:


shoni on April 17, 2011:

i thnk ash deserve to be on no 1

Ashraf Ali on February 28, 2011:

Wow! great,good effort,keep it up.It's was very informative. thanx for porviding such a information.

manjusha on December 12, 2010:

is isha actress? i don't knw who is she?

amas on November 23, 2010:

my best actress heronies aishawarya rai i like your eyes and your dress wears

Bizz (author) from East Coast on September 04, 2010:

Ty Sandy... This is MY list, it doesn't need to be in order. You may go now...

sandy on September 04, 2010:

except ash the other atcress are not famous where are katrina kaif, bipasa basu, lara data , depika padukoni and priyanka chropa. [this list above is not in the order]

niranjan on August 26, 2010:

nice information about bollywood actress

Bizz (author) from East Coast on July 10, 2010:

Yes divya, we've got it all...

divya on July 10, 2010:

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Bizz (author) from East Coast on April 24, 2010:

Very well put, Ruqayya! And in all-caps, to boot. Your conviction on this subject astounds...

RUQAYYA on April 24, 2010:


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