Bollywood films are known for their epic stories, lively song and dance numbers, colorful costumes, hunky actors, but most of all, the luminous beauties that light up the screen. Here is our list of the ten Bollywood actresses you should know, from international superstar Aishwarya Rai to rising star Deepika Padukone.
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The luminous Aishwarya Rai, crowned Miss World 1994, is Bollywood's most famous actress. After marrying Abhishek Bachchan, she became practical royalty, with festivities that captured the nation. She is the highest paid actress is Bollywood and starred in the industry's most succesful film Devdas
Since her first film Raja Ki Aayegi Barat
released in 1996, Rani Mukherjee has been one of Bollywood's brightest stars. A year in Bollywood doesn't go by, when she is not headlining the biggest films. Along with Aishwarya Rai, she is considered one of the only Bollywood actresses who is can open a film on her own right.
Bipasha Basu was already a household name before she made her first film role because of her infamous appearance in Sonu Nigam's video Tu
. At only seventeen, she won Famous Ford Supermodels Contest. The wildly sexy actress has gone on to work with Bollywood's hottest actors and respected filmmakers.
Rising star Deepika Padukone made her film debut in Aishwarya
. She starred opposite Shahrukh Khan in Om Shanti Om
and continues to be one of Bollywood's most sought after actresses.
Canadian born actress and supermodel Lisa Ray has taken Bollywood by storm with leading roles in Kasoor
. She gave an outstanding performance in Deepa Metha's Oscar-nominated Water
Without a doubt, the infectiously lovely Preity Zinta become one of Bollywood's hottest stars. Her performance in Dil Se. Soldier
was a step forward towards stardom, Kya Kehna
clinched her fate.
Luminous Diya Mirza won the Miss Asia-Pacific contest. She made her film debut in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
. She's one of Bollywood's most beloved stars.
Popular Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is one of India's most famous sex symbols. After starring in many successful films, she became internationally known after winning a role in the Jackie Chan movie The Myth
After winning the title of Miss World in 2000, Priyanka Chopra made her film debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
. The extraordinarily popular Bollywood actress had her break out role in the hit film Andaaz
Bollywood beauty Sonam Kapoor was born into a famous Bollywood family. Her father is film star Anil Kapoor. She made a quick rise to fame starring opposite the one and only Abhishek Bachchan in the recent mega hit Delhi 6