Hema Malini

Hema Malini, the first “Dream Girl” of Hindi films, won millions of hearts with her alluring features and charming demeanor, but she also made a name for herself as an actress under astute direction with iconic performances in Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay, Meera, Khushboo, Lal Patthar, Satte Pe Satta, and Kinara.

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The skilled dancer from Baghban, who has appeared on stage and in cinema, also dabbles in politics and directing while maintaining the same self-assured grace and tenacity in both her personal and professional lives.

She still acts as a brand ambassador, plays the star of the show, and maintains her stunning good looks at age 74.

Zeenat Aman

Zeenat Aman is sophisticated in her seductiveness, and her appeal is too distinctive to be imitated.

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From winning beauty pageants to working with top directors in their prime, such as Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, B R Chopra, Nasir Hussain, and Feroz Khan, Bollywood’s beloved Laila stood out against the crowd of pretentious, sari-clad, girl-next-doors with her sultry, sleek Westernized imagery.

Although she had long since retired from the spotlight, the articulate beauty made an exception for a part in Sanjay Sharma’s LGBT drama, Dunno Y…Jaane Kyon, Na.


Her life story is the stuff of biopics. Mumtaz began her acting career as a child performer and went on to work as a junior artist, junior actress, second lead, the heroine of B-Grade action flicks, and finally Dilip Kumar’s love interest in the game-changing Ram Aur Shyam.

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Mumtaz never looked back after that, achieving numerous hits with Rajesh Khanna and Feroz Khan as co-stars in films like Do Raaste, Sachcha Jhutha, Dushman, and Aap Ki Kasam (Aadmi Aur Insaan, Apradh, Nagin).

When she was at the peak of her popularity, the vivacious beauty said goodbye to movies to focus on her marriage, only to make a lackluster reappearance in David Dhawan’s Aandhiyan.

Mumtaz, who now calls London home (her eldest daughter Natasha is wed to actor Fardeen Khan), battled cancer successfully thanks to her fortitude and determination.

Saira Banu

Saira Banu has changed significantly from the delicate and reserved adolescent Shammi Kapoor adored in Junglee, her feature film debut.

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Saira was one of the most stylish stars of the 1960s and used her natural charm to smoothly navigate through carefree confections like Ayee Milan Ki Bela, Shagird, Bluffmaster, Padosan, and Jhuk Gaya Aasman. She demonstrated her ability to raise the temperature with her very stylish persona in Victoria No. 203 and Purab Aur Paschim.

The actress would rather minimize her glory days and focus on her part as the devoted spouse of the renowned Dilip Kumar.

Sharmila Tagore

With her dimpled smile in Shammi Kapoor’s Kashmir Ki Kali, Sharmila Tagore, who was first discovered by legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray in Bengali films like Apur Sansar and Devi, rose to fame.

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Aradhana and Anupama did wonders for her long-lasting career, which, like her flawless beauty, showed no signs of dulling down after marriage (to cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) or motherhood (Saif, Soha, Sabah). They balanced her oomph in sensual attire for An Evening in Paris and Aa Gale Lag Ja with creatively satisfying roles in Satyakam.

In Break Ke Baad, the Padma Bhushan recipient last appeared as Deepika Padukone’s patient mother.

Jaya Bachchan

The doe-eyed Guddi from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s masterpiece about coming of age captured audiences’ hearts right away. (Those who, in any case, missed her cute, young sister/sister-in-law Bani in Ray’s Mahanagar).

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In movies like Parichay, Chupke Chupke, Koshish, Mili, Abhimaan, Bawarchi, Zanjeer, Anamika, Sholay, and Kora Kagaz, Jaya Bhaduri’s disarming simplicity and natural reading of her on-screen characters made her approachable and appealing.

The expectation that came with her marriage to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan was its own, but it never interfered with her sporadic (and underused) roles in films like Fiza, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Kal Ho Naa Ho, which haven’t lost their appeal.

Source : rediff