Female Superstars of Bollywood

Beautiful, talented, enigmatic, these ladies have ruled Bollywood over the decades, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their leading men and often outshining them. Just their name on the marquee could guarantee a solid opening for any film as legions of fans would be drawn to the theatres by their charm and towering screen presence. We present to you 5 Bollywood female superstars in chronological order:

Madhubala

The Venus of Bollywood, Madhubala is inarguably the most beautiful face to have graced the silver screen. From her spectral presence in Mahal to her effervescent charm in Chalti Ka Naam Gadi, the Bollywood beauty dabbled with different genres over the 50s and 60s. But Madhubala’s most memorable performance remains her achingly perfect portrayal of Anarkali in the classic Mughal-e-Azam.

Rekha

The South Indian star transformed herself from an ungainly newcomer to Bollywood’s ultimate diva. She ruled the box office with a string of hits in the 70s and 80s and her magical pairing with Amitabh Bachchan. A versatile actress, Rekha could switch effortlessly from comedy in Khubsoorat to period drama in Umrao Jaan and action in Khoon Bhari Maang.

Madhuri Dixit

With ‘ek, do, teen…’, Madhuri Dixit got the whole nation swaying with her. Her dazzling smile and superb dancing skills charmed the audiences across generations. Madhuri owned the box office in the 90s with blockbusters like Dil, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Tezaab, Saajan, Beta and Dil Toh Pagal Hai. She starred with all the reigning Khans – Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan and often stole the limelight from these superstars too.

Kajol

A powerhouse of talent, energy and beauty, this third-generation actress carried forward the legacy of her family with much success. Stepping out of her illustrious family’s shadow, Kajol established her own place with films like Yeh Dillagi, Dushman, Gupt, Karan Arjun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and many others.

Kangana Ranaut

The current superstar, Kangana has the gumption to carry films like Woh Lamhe, Queen, Tanu Weds Manu (both parts) and Simran on her own steam. The unconventional beauty doesn’t shy away from playing complex roles like Revolver Rani.