Bollywood is male dominating business, in which an actor’s job is carry a film on his shoulders and gain business and actress serves him by supporting through. But in the male dominating business, the following five actresses has made their own niche in establishing the fact that actresses are no lesser than the actors in pulling crowd to cinema. They match leading actors toe to toe in stardom, performance and popularity.
10. Alia Bhatt – The High Way Girl
Alia Bhatt is counted among the finest actresses of the Bollywood of the current generation. She epitomizes many versatile roles. Her performance in “Gully Boy”, “Raazi”, “High Way”, “Udta Punjab” are few of them. Her accent with perfect body language has made her performance as the one of the most remembered performances of 2019. Her strength is her Natural behavior while Acting.
9. Vidya Balan, the entertainment girl
The ambitious actress is one actress from modern cinema who is like heavyweight in delivering stellar performance, she neither needs a Khan or a Kapoor to shake the cinema theatres like no one. Ishqiya, Dirty Picture, Paa, Parineeta, No one killed Jessica are just of her most amazing movies that will be remembered forever for her hyper craft work. The Entertainment girl still continues to give tough competition to top actors of the Industry. She is so much versatile and her voice modulation is perfect that helps her for 100% accurate dialogue delivery. Her forte is dominating screen presence and her voice.
8. Rani Mukerji – The Mardani Herself
The Mardani Actress is one such actress who in true sense is a complete actress with underrated stardom. Rani Mukherjee is a versatile actress and have so many female-centric films in her pocket like Mehndi, Raja ki Aaegi Baraat, Black, No one killed Jessica, Hichki, Mardaani pt 1 &2. Rani Mukerji in true sense is one Indian actress known for her work in Bollywood films. Her Strengths are “Dominating Voice modulation” and “expressions”.
7. Kajol – The Senorita
She is also one of the most underrated actress. She only lacks stardom and that numero uno position otherwise she is another Bollywood’s great actress. She is the another actress other than Rani Mukherjee and Sridevi, who has made successful comeback after her marriage but with “Khans” and “Devgan”. After gracing success in Bazzigar, Karan Arjun, she delivered Blockbusters like DDLJ and Kucch Kucch Hota Hai. She was awesome in films Dushman, Gupt. In Gupt she played award winning solo negative role. Her strengths are personified dialogue delivery, expressions and dominating screen presence.
6. Meena Kumari – Queen of Tragedy
Classical actress of Golden Era “Meena Kumari”, often known as queen of tragedy because of her unparalleled acting and screen presence in emotional scenes. Who can forget her ultimate grace in “Pakeeza”, her ultimate emotions in “Sahib Bibi aur gulam”, the romantic sage “Dil apna aur preet Paraai”. She surely was unique because of her talent. Her strength was her dialogue delivery and emotions specially in sad scenes.
5. Priyanka Chopra, the Desi Girl
The actress is now the highest paid female star but her struggle, style and choice of movies has made her undisputed numero uno actress. She is superstar in US and megastar in India. Her unlimited presence to national and international ventures has not only made her today’s empress but the actress has become an inspiration for future generation. She has become role model for many. Not only great actor, she is great singer too. Her few of most remembered movies are Fashion, Mary Kom, Barfi and many others. Barfi made her undisputed numero uno actress and Hollywood’s Bay watch has established her as a permanent Hollywood star. Her forte is to understand a character with brain and articulating or present it in her own unique style.
4. Nargis Dutt, The Mother India
Nargis Dutt is one of the most revered actress. The mother India went to be biggest film on Indian cinema for almost a decade and first Hindi movie for the nominations in Oscars. The actress dominated the industry from almost 1942 to 1968. She was credited to have many of most successful films of her time. She starred in many popular Hindi films of the late 1940s and 1950s such as Barsaat (1949), Andaz (1949), Awaara (1951), Deedar (1951), Shree 420 (1955), and Chori Chori (1956). Nargis along with many male co stars are regarded as trail blazers and pioneer in changing the role Indian cinema and converting it to golden era. Nargis core strength was her unmatched versatile overall natural acting.
3. Kangana Ranaut – The Panga Girl
The most talented actress of this generation, Kangana truly is Manikarnika of Bollywood. She is an accomplished actress, 4 times National Award winning Bollywood superstar and an influential public figure. Right from the first film, she was screen stealer. After fixing her spot in Bollywood through important character roles in Gangster, Fashion, and Krish, she suddenly became the leading lady of Bollywood Industry. She is known for acting in female centeric films. Tanu Weds Manu, Queen, Tanu Weds Manu returns have made her an outright “Box Office Queen”. Manikarnika became her solo female centeric 100 crore club film. She was lastly seen in critically acclaimed film “Panga”. She is currently doing an awaited film “Thailvi”, which is a Late Jaya Lalita’s Biopic. Her strengths are expressions, her unique style and screen presence.
2. Madhuri Dixit, The Dhak Dhak Girl
Industry’s most complete actress and biggest dancing superstar Madhuri Dixit is at number 2. She is eternally beautiful, one of the greatest actresses, par excellent dancer, over the above versatile roles in both commercial and artistic cinema. She was on first hand became biggest onscreen rival of Sridevi and than wining her position as biggest and undisputed superstar of 1990s. Like Sridevi, Madhuri was also highest paid movie star in 1990s and also regarded as the one who overshadowed her male costars in her films. Commerically blockbuster films like Beta, Tezaab, Dil to pagal hai, Dil made her number one actress owhile critically acclaimed films like Mrityudand, Anjaam, Prem Granth, Pukar, Lajja and many others rightfully established herself as most versatile actress. Not only great actress but she is seen as most influential dancing queen of Bollywood. Her each dance form is like a cult for dancing professionals. Be it western like ke sara sara or fully classical like dhai shaam rok lai, She nailed every strong. Her biggest strength is magnificent screen presence, expressions, dancing skills and excellent voice modulation.
1. Sridevi, The Hawa Hawai
As said earlier, actresses are generally regarded as mere supporters of male costars but in 1980s and 1990s actresses dominated the films Industry. An actress who changed people’s perception and become undisputed megastar of her time by pulling top heroes behind is Sridevi. She either was paid more or equal salary to her male costars. No one ask who is the hero of the film when the film was having Sridevi in. Chaalbaaz, Mr. India, Chandni, Nagina, English Vinglish were few of her most remembered superhits and Sadma, Lamhe, Judai showcases her acting prowess. Not being technically so trained trained dancer, Sridevi was regarded as one best female dancers of her time. The climax song of the film Nagina “Main teri Dushman” is still unmatched. Sridevi core strength was her expressions while delivering dialogues, memory and her screen presence.