The versatility and talent of actresses of Hindi cinema could never remain hidden even it was a male dominated industry. Beginning from Zubeida , the lead actress in Alam Ara (1931) – the first movie to be released with a sound track – many versatile actresses have given life to a lot of characters and have made them immortal. Early period of Hindi films saw Nargis, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Meena Kumari, Madhubala and Nutan, surprising everybody with their acting talent in the industry and holding a huge fan following.
It was because of their success that many new talents came into the industry. Each decade in Bollywood saw charming actresses like Asha Parekh, Sharmila Tagore, Helen and Mumtaz showing off their talent. With intense and breathtaking enactment, Deepti Naval, Jaya Bhaduri, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil brought another meaning to the term acting and were more well known than male leads of those times. Their ability gave them the chance to be the face of their movies. Parveen Babi and Zeenat Aman effortlessly enacted roles of sensuous women and rebellious youth in those times, going against society’s customs. Hindi film industry started accepting actresses as an inseparable part of films and film scripts were never complete without actresses.
Bollywood was ruled by Sridevi, Raveena Tandon, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Kajol from the 1980s to the 1990s. Actresses can boast of several well known song tracks to their credit, which proves that they are always in demand.
The strong female presence in Bollywood can be seen through the success of Konkona Sen Sharma, Anushka Sharma, Asin, Nandita Das, Soha Ali Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu and Deepika Padukone as actresses. Not just for style but Bollywood actresses became famous for their contribution and achievement in the industry. Many Indian actresses are popular for their contribution to cinema and they will live in the memory of all.