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    List of Indian Film Industry's All-Time top ten Greatest & Most Influential Actresses in the past 100 years History of Hindi Cinema

    1) Madhubala
    Madhubal greatest actress



    Madhubala, The First Beauty Queen of Indian Film Industry
    is Arguably the Alltime Most Beautiful Heroine of Indian Film Industry Ever. active between 1949 and 1960, after which illness shortened her career and she left this world on 23 February 1969 shortly after her 36th birthday.

    Mischievously Teasing Dev Anand :-

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    2) Meena Kumari


    The Tragedy Queen of Yesteryears

     Meena Kumar's life and prosperous career were marred by heavy drinking, troubled relationships, an ensuing deteriorating health, and her death from liver cirrhosis in 1972.

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    3) Vaijayantimala


    Dancing Queen Of 1950s & 60s

    Vaijayanthimala was the first South Indian actress to become a national star and "paved way" for the other South Indian actresses to foray into Hindi films of Indian Film Industry. currently at 77, she has stopped working in films now.

    This Dance is Treat For Eyes as Well as Ears:-

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    4) Aasha Parekh


    Leading Lady of 1960s

    Currently at age 70, Parekh concentrates on her dance academy Kara Bhavan and the Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz, Mumbai, named in her honour because of her many humanitarian contributions.

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    5) Hema Malini


    The "Dream Girl " Of 1970s

    Currently at 64, Of late Malini spends most of her time on charitable and social ventures, while making occasional appearances in films. She is a member of India's Bharatiya Janata Party and was nominated member by the party in Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament during 2003–2009.

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    6) Rekha


    Indian Film Industry Diva

    Rekha has acted in over 180 films in a career spanning over 40 years. nowat 58, she is rarely seen in films.

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    7) Sridevi


    Indian Film Industry's First Female Superstar

    In 2012, at the age of 50, Sridevi returned to films after a 15 year long hiatus with English Vinglish and became the only actress in the history of Hindi Cinema to make a highly successful comeback.

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    8) Madhuri Dixit


    Girl With a Million-Dollar Smile

    Dixit has won six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special Filmfare award for completing 25 years in Indian Film Industry. She holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations (13) at Filmfare. at 46, she accept very few films these days.

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    9) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


    Internationally Most Recognized Indian Film Industry Actress

    Aish's off-screen roles include duties as a brand ambassador for several charity organisations and campaigns; she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She was awarded with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2012. at 39, and mother of a cute baby-girl, she accepts very few films these days.

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    10) Kareena Kapoor Khan


    Bindaas, The Bold and The Beautiful

    32 year old Kareena is married to actor Saif Ali Khan. Kapoor's off-screen life is the subject of widespread coverage in India. She is known in the Indian media for being publicly outspoken and assertive, and is recognised for her contributions to the film industry through her fashion style and film roles. In addition to film acting, Kapoor is a stage performer and has contributed as a co-author to three books: an autobiographical memoir, and two nutrition guides. She has also launched her own clothing line in association with the retail chain Globus.

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    ****----Analysis----****

    Dear Readers, Firstly, please let us tell you that this is really a very....very tough task to compile the list of alltime top ten most infuential or greatest Actresses / Heroins from this great Hindi Indian Film Industry film industry of India. ( Trust us, It really becomes even more laborious because we have to assign rankings, select and compare the stars which are all from different Era)

    So, if you are somewhat disagree somewhere then before writing angry or abusive comments kindly try to understand few things from our point-of-view.. We are aware of following things :--

    -- We are aware that Kamini Kaushal, Devika Rani, Nargis, Geeta Bali, Bina Rai, Nimmi, Nutan and Waheeda Rehman are missing from this list..that's because we have come up with This list taking into consideration the three major factors which are -1) Long-term popularity and mass impact 2) Looks, styling and fan following 3) number of superhit films, stable and consistent box office successes and overall popularity..

    so, according to our metrics based on these factors, VaijayantiMala outshines Nargis, Nutan and Waheeda Rehman for 3rd place...

    -- We are aware that Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bhaduri, Mumtaaz, Babita, Mala Sinha, Saira Bano, Saadhana, Nanda, Rajshree and Tanuja are missing, for that we can only say that since we have to only pick the Alltime "BEST TEN" then at Fourth place definitely Aasha Parekh is best choice due to her dominance as the main lead actress for almost two decades in late Fifties(1950s) through late seventies(1970s)( from "Dil deke dekho" in 1959 to "Bin Phere hum tere" in 1979). Other actresses' successs were short-lived (less than 5 years) while Asha Parekh worked in many back to back musical superhits with Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra over two decades. Only Hema malini could overtake her.

    Dream Girl Hema Malini ruled as the number one actress from the mid -seventies to Early eighties. We really had tough time thinking about Reena Roy, Jaya Prada, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Padmini Kolhapure, Leena Chandawarkar, Rati Agnihotri, Amrita Singh, Yogeeta Bali, Neelam, Poonam Dhillon and Dimple Kapadiya but due to limited vacancies they are omitted ....because for their own different reasons they actually couldn't reach the #1 spot in their times.

    Zeenat Amaan and Parveen Babi also couldn't put much challenge to Hema Malini's dominance as major lead actress because both of them were heavily typecast in only glamorous roles alongside top heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s. Zeenat and Parveen are respectfully remembered for bringing the western heroine look to Hindi cinema in 1970s and early 1980s.

    Though Raakhi Gulzaar did give some amount of fierce competition to Hema Malini in late 70s due to her successful pairing with Amitabh in several superhit films.

    By now we have crossed 1970s seventies and early eighties 80s. In late 70s and early eighties Rekha had taken the crown from hema malini. Rekha's rise hurt the career of Jaya Prada, Reena roy and Dimple Kapadia a lot. Neetu Singh, Vidya Sinha, Bindiya Goswani and Tina munim also couldn't do much wonders in their times. Rekha ruled till mid-eighties where Sridevi's beauty, super comical timing, dancing and comedy skills dethroned her and Sridevi took over as the number one actress from mid 80s till the end of 90s.

    We have to omit Ethereal Actresses of parallel cinema like Suchitra Sen, Shabana Aazmi, Smita Patil, Rajeshwari Sachdev(An Actress who can also sing very well) and Nandita Das as well because once again this list is about the lead "Heroeins" of commercial cinema; and also because, once again, we have come up with This list taking into consideration the three major factors which are -1) Long-term popularity and mass impact 2) Looks, styling , fan following 3) number of superhit films, stable and consistent box office successes and overall popularity..

    Raveena Tondon, Pooja Bhatt, Urmila Matondkar, Tabbu, Manisha koirala, Karisma Kapoor , Juhi Chawla and Mamta Kulkarni also could not reach the #1 spot due to; first, Madhuri's dominance in mid 90s and second, Aishwarya's popularity throughout the late nineties... Bipasha Basu and Lara Dutta started off well but then lost the required pace to put much challange.

    Vimi(1960s), Salma Aagha(1980s), Anu Agrawal and Bhagyashree(both 1990s)were one film wonders..

    Sadly, the promising dreamgirl of young hearts Divya Bharti died an untimely death in 1993.

    Madhuri Dixit took over as most successful actress in early nintees , ruled for several years and paved the way for Aishwarya Rai by the end of 2000s. Aishwarya's beauty, dancing skills, superhit films, popularity and international recognition earns her a spot in this list of all time most successful, popular and influential actresses of Indian Film Industry.

    Ayesha Zulka, Nagma, Diya Mirza. Pooja Batra, Divya Dutta,Shilpa Shetty, Twinkle Khanna, Sonali Bendre, Sushmita Sen, Amisha Patel, Amrita Rao and Ayesha Takia's successes were short lived.

    as per our metrics and considered factors, Aishwarya scores over Rani mukerji, priety zinta and Kajol as well ..her mass popularity and international recognition earns her the 9th spot in our list..

    Here, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra fans, at 10th spot there was a tough fight between Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif and we decided to go for Kareena due to her long-term overall success(she is around for more than a decade) and number of (hit) films and domestic / international fan following....Priyanka loses by a very narrow margin to Kareena and if she does better in coming years then she definitely deserves a spot in this List of Top Ten All-time Greatest, Most Popular,successful, Most Influential and Memorable heroines Ever in the History of Indian Film Industry Film Industry of India.. Katrina is yet to earn a best actress award from filmfare or any other major award for best actress so she actually doesn't give much challange to Kareena or even Priyanka.

    Kangna Ranaut and Vidya Balan have the potential but they have a long way to go..

    Now, dear young School/College going readers, we are really sorry that, at this point of time, we cannot include the energetic Deepika Padukone, the pretty Anushka Sharma, cutie genelia d'souza, the dynamic Sonam Kapoor, the bubbly kajal agarwal, sexy(and beautifuly healthy) Sonakshi Sinha, the lovely nargis fakhri and the cutie pie Parineeti Chopra ...NOT YET!...These girls need to prove their mettle in many more coming years because competition is extreamly tough and these top ten are really Too Strong in some way to displace from this list because its years(or in some cases, even decades) of hard work, very much talent, a little luck, stable and consistent box office successes and long term lasting popularity which make them extraordinory to get a spot in this very difficult-to-compile list of alltime greatest Indian Film Industry actresses in the past 100 years History of Hindi Cinema of India..



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    ****---- Further Analysis----****

      Apart from the above top-ten most influential actresses, Indian film industry was fortunate enough to be blessed by several leading ladies in all eras of its history. whether its pre-independence black and white golden age era of the early film industry of 1930s or 1940s, or the colorful new age golden era of musical films of 1960s or 1970s, good looking and talanted actresses kept appearing in Mumbai's hindi film industry and many names remained less popular than they actually deserved. Having the opportunity and space here, we will try to list the names of all leading ladies of hindi film industry who have given significant amount of contributaion in indian films from the pre- history b/w (Golden-Age era) of black and white films of 1930s to the technnologically advance era of 2010s.. read on if you want to know more about all the good and talented indian heroins who have graced the industry till date...

      (Please note that following list is not ranked in any order. we just tried to list the actresses as per their seniority/debut..

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      1) Devika Rani(30 March 1908 – 9 March 1994)

      Hit films of rani included Karma (1933) and Achhut Kanya(1936)

      2) Nargis( 1 June 1929 - 3 May 1981)



      Nargis hit films includes - Mother India (1957), Raat Aur Din (1967), She starred in many popular Hindi movies of the late 1940s and 1950s such as Barsaat (1949), Andaz (1949), Awaara (1951), Deedar (1951), Shree 420 (1955), and Chori Chori (1956).

      3) Shyama

       

      4) Nalini Jaywant

       

      5) Geeta Bali

       

      Meena Kumari

      Meena kumari was considered the "tragedy queen" of yesteryears. her hit/superhit films include - Parineeta (1953), Daera (1953), Ek Hi Raasta (1956), Sharda (1957), and Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi (1960), Azaad (1955), Miss Mary (1957), Shararat (1959), and Kohinoor (1960).

      Mumtaz Shanti

      Kamini Kaushal

      Nutan

      Madhubala

      Waheeda Rehman

      Vaijayanti Mala

      Saadhna

      Mala Sinha

      Bina Rai

      Rajshree

      Aasha Parekh

      Nanda

      Sharmila Tagore

      Mumtaz

      Leena Chandavarkar

      Suchitra Sen

      Saira Bano

      Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan)

      Moushmi Chatterjee

      Hema Malini

      Rakhi

      Rekha

      Zeenat Aman

      Parveen Bobby

      Reena Roy

      Jaya Prada

      Vijeyata Pandit

      Rati Agnihotri

      Shabana Aazmi

      Zarina Wahab

      Ranjeeta

      Dimple Kapadiya

      Smita Patil

      Tina Munim

      Salma Agha

      Poonam Dhillon

      Padmini Kolhapure

      Neelam

      Amrita Singh

      Mandakini

      Sridevi

      Madhuri Dixit

      Bhagyashree

      Meenakshi Sheshadri

      Nagma

      Juhi Chawla

      Manisha Koirala

      Divya Bharti

      Raveena Tondon

      Karisma Kapoor

      Sonali Bendre

      Shilpa Shetty

      Mahima Choudhary

      Priya Gill

      Tabu

      Kajol

      Aishwarya Rai

      Sushmita Sen

      Rani Mukherji

      Preity Zinta

      Twinkle Khanna

      Urmila Matondkar

      Amisha Patel

      Amrita Rao

      Priyanka chopra

      Kareena Kapoor

      Bipasha Basu

      Lara Dutta

      Katrina Kaif

      Vidya Balan

      Deepika Padukone

      Kangana Ranaut

      Sonam Kapoor

      Asin

      Anushka Sharma

      Sonakshi Sinha

      Parineeti Chopra

       

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