Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bollywood Actresses and Seasons Greetings


First, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all. May the New Year bring good things for all of us. It has been a terrific year for me as I had the chance to travel around, see a lot of places, eat some good food and meet a lot of people. I only hope the new year brings me more of the same. The best thing of course about this coming year is that it will be the last year of Bush. May we never have another. I'll be taking some time off from the Blog to eat lots of pumpkin pie.


Before I disappear though, I had a lot of pictures of many of the current actresses in Bollywood that I scanned in ages ago and thought I would finally put them up. Most may not agree with me, but I am of the opinion that currently Bollywood has the best looking actresses of any film industry in the world. There was a time in which Bollywood actresses were almost a joke outside of India as a stereotype existed of chubby actresses dancing around trees shaking all of their ample body parts. There was certainly some of this but as I have delved into the films from yesteryear I have come to realize that most of the main actresses were actually quite lovely. Now though you will be hard up to find an extra inch of flesh on any Bollywood actress - most of the new ones come from either modeling careers or beauty pageants and they are not at all shy about showcasing their curves or revealing a bit of cleavage - well make that a lot of cleavage. It's all about sex appeal now and the newest ones into the industry have it in spades. This doesn't of course mean that they have a lot of acting ability, but they sure are pleasing to the eyes. One of the oddities about Bollywood is that new actresses get thrown right into top roles without any acting training at all and often it shows - it is a rarity for an actress to work her way up fom small roles to bigger ones - in this case you often start at the top and work your way down. The actresses who stay afloat become stars - the rest soon are out of the buisness or marginalized into regional film or small films - but no matter where they are acting they still manage to look great.

I have broken the names into very general categories to give you some sense of where they stand in the industry hierarchy. I also have tried to find a link with some information about them for those that are interested. Most of the links are from Wikipedia - I am actually quite amazed at how much information it has on most of these names. To whoever wrote these biographies up, I salute you. I also threw in a Youtube video for many of the names.

Legends:

These three actresses are simply legends. They are practically retired with only the rare film now, but in their day they were superstars and I suppose they still are.

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Veterans:

These actresses were all big stars in the 1990's and are still doing some work today, but in truth they have had to hand over the best roles to younger actresses.

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The Big Three:

These days there are basically three actresses that directors consider for the most prestigious films - Aish, Rani and Preity.

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Didn't Quite Get There:

Someday perhaps one of these actresses will rise to the top tier, but one senses that their day for that has come and gone - but they still get many of the top films coming their way.

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The New Wave:

These young actresses have all made their mark and some of them may become the top actresses in Bollywood in the near future.

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Lara Dutta

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Too Early to Tell:

These actress have had some early success and received their fare share of publicity, but so many Bollywood actresses hit the scene with enormous hype and are soon never heard of again.

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B Actresses

By "B" I mean that these actresses are rarely the headliners - generally they appear as supporting actors, in lower budget films or in the regional film industries. A few of these looked like they were going to be stars such as Gracy Singh, Antara Mali or Mahima Chaudhary, but it never quite panned out.

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Preeti Jhangiani

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Still Unknowns (and may always be):

I have to admit to knowing nothing or very little about these actresses, but I came across pictures of them and so included them here. In many cases I didn't have enough pictures to fill a page and so have thrown various actresses together.





Arzoo Govitrikar





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Pratiksha Sorte

Purvi

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Tora

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The Real Deal:

Not that I want to imply that Bollywood actresses are not good actors - though that is often the case - but these two women stand above the rest in terms of acting skills and both of them move easily between Bollywood and the parallel cinema that exists.

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Item Girls:

So far these actresses are known primarily for item numbers that they have performed in films.

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2 comments:

Buma said...

brian
what about Sri Devi ?
doesnt she belong in legends ?

Brian said...

Hi Buma,

Merry Christmas to you! Sridevi is certainly a legend - but 1. - I didn't have any picts of her (that I scan from all the Bollywood movie magazines) and 2. is she still making films?