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10 Bollywood Actresses To Know

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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.

1. Aishwarya Rai

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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.

2. Rani Mukherjee

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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.

3. Bipasha Basu

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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.

4. Deepika Padukone

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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.

5. Lisa Ray

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Canadian born actress and supermodel Lisa Ray has taken Bollywood by storm with leading roles in Kasoor and Bollywood/Hollywood. She gave an outstanding performance in Deepa Metha's Oscar-nominated Water.

6. Preity Zinta

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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.

7. Diya Mirza

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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.

8. Mallika Sherawat

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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.

9. Priyanka Chopra

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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.

10. Sonam Kapoor

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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
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