Bollywood is often mistaken as the entire film industry in India. It actually refers only to the cinema based in Mumbai, which was formerly known as Bombay. It is, however, the largest producer of films in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the entire world.
Bollywood is known for the elaborate song and dance number that routinely breaks out in the middle of a movie. It is also known for the alluring actresses that star in the films. Here now is a list of the top 10 sexiest Bollywood actresses.
10. Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor’s acting genes have never been in question as she is the daughter of the Indian film actor Anil Kapoor. She started her acting career in 2007 when she was only 22 years old. She appeared in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie called “Saawariya,” which also starred Ranbir Kapoor. She then appeared in the 2009 film “Delhi 6,” an off beat drama that earned for her a lot of critical praise. She then had a box-office hit when she starred in the romantic comedy entitled “I Hate Luv Storys” in 2010. She then followed it up with movies like “Aisha” and “Thank You.”
9. Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi Sinha started her acting career in 2010 when she starred in the movie entitled “Dabangg.” The film also featured Salman Khan and eventually became the highest grossing Bollywood movie for that year. Sinha kept the momentum going and was featured in a couple of movies in 2012, namely “Rowdy Rathore” and the Akshay Kumar starrer called “Joker.”
8. Mallika Sherawat
Her real name is Reema Lamba. Mallika Sherawat is an Indian actress and sex symbol who is featured mainly in Bollywood movies. She had bold performances in films like “Khwashish” in 2003 and “Murder” in 2004. Critics, however, started to notice her after her performance in the romantic comedy box-office hit called “PyaarKe Side Effects” in 2006. She then starred in the 2007 movie “Welcome,” her biggest box-office hit to date. She was also part of the 2007 film “Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story” and the 2011 “Double Dhamaal.” Sherawat has been trying to break into Hollywood recently, appearing in movies like “Hisss” in 2010 and “Politics of Love” in 2011.
7. Ayesha Takia Azmi
Ayesha Takia started her acting career when she was only 19 years old when she appeared in the movie called “Taarzan: The Wonder Car.” The film earned for her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut in 2004. She received a lot of critical acclaim after her sterling performance as a young widow in the 2006 movie entitled “Dor.” She was also part of the 2009 box-office hit called “Wanted.”
6. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone started her acting career in 2006 when she appeared in the Kannada movie entitled “Aishwarya.” She then made her debut in the Hindi film called “Om Shanti Om,’ for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. It has been her biggest box-office movie to date. Padukone also dabbles in modeling and appears mostly in Bollywood movies only.
5. Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu made her debut in 2001 in the movie entitled “Ajnabee.” Her performance in the movie earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Though she appears mainly in Hindi language films, the former model has had roles in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language movies also. Basu was part of the box-office hit “Raaz” in 2002. She also had a bold role in the 2003 film “Jism,” an erotic thriller that also proved to be a hit. She then had roles in the wildly successful movies “No Entry” from 2005, “Phir Hera Pheri” and “Dhoom 2” in 2006 and the runaway blockbuster “Race” in 2008.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is a former Miss India winner who went on to bag the Miss World crown in 2000. She made her acting debut in 2002 in the Tamil movie called “Thamizhan.” She then made the Bollywood movie entitled “The Hero.” She had her breakthrough roles in the box-office hit called “Andaaz” and in the critically acclaimed thriller “Aitraaz.” Her role as a seductress in the latter movie won praise from Indian movie experts. The National Film Award has awarded her a Best Actress trophy. She has also won several Filmfare Awards.
3. Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor made her acting debut in 2000 in the war drama entitled “Refugee.” She was also part of the movie “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,” the highest-grossing overseas film made in India in 2001. Kapoor has been noted for her standout performances and range. She has won six Filmfare Awards and has appeared in comedies, dramas, period movies, independent films and major Bollywood productions.
2. Aishwarya Rai
She has the ultimate beauty credential, having won the Miss India and Miss World pageants in 1994. She then entered the film world with the 1997 movie called “Iruvar.” Rai is known as the Queen and has appeared in movies of different languages, including English, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali. She achieved box-office success in 1998 with the movie called “Jeans.” She then got critical acclaim for her performances in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and “Devdas.” She won two Best Actress awards for her portrayal in the latter film.
1. Katrina Kaif
Also known as the Barbie doll, Katrina Kaif is an actress and model with British and Indian roots. She has appeared in Telugu and Malayalam movies, aside from Bollywood. She is a British citizen, meaning she only has an employment visa whenever she shoots in India. She made her debut in 2003 in a soft porn movie by Kaizad Gustad called “Boom.” She then achieved box-office success in movies like “Namastey London,” “Partner,” “Race” and “Singh is Kinng.” She then played featured roles in films like “New York,” “Rajneeti” and “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.” She was also part of “Ek Tha Tiger,” the second highest grossing movie in Bollywood.