On In Celebrities

13 Bollywood Actresses Who Played Prostitutes On-Screen 

Bollywood actresses can also be called as chameleons, they try to adapt themselves according to the demand of the script and character crafted by the filmmaker. Earlier, the notions were very different. It was always considered a taboo to play characters with grey shades, that discussed and portrayed serious issues in a realistic way but ironically breached 'sabhyata'.Today, I'm happy to say that the situation is not the same anymore. The actresses have come out of their shell and have started opting for bold roles. I know, as a matter of fact, it is not easy for someone to do something like this and that too without any shame and regrets. We have a list of some Bollywood actresses who broke the stereotype by performing the role of a hooker on screen. While some of them got a 'thumbs up' some made sure that they delivered a message to the audiences.

1. Madhuri Dixit 

Madhuri impressed everyone with the iconic role of Chandramukhi in her film 'Devdas'.

2. Tabu 

Tabu played the role of a bar dancer in Madhur Bhandarkar's critically acclaimed film 'Chandni Bar'. Her character was later forced into prostitution after the death of her husband in the film. 

3. Kareena Kapoor Khan 

The Nawabi Begum played the role of a foul-mouthed and cynical prostitute in her film 'Chameli'. The actress definitely proved her versatility as an artist via this film. She was also seen in Talaash, playing the similar role. 

4. Rani Mukerji 

This brown-eyed Bong beauty played the role of a female escort in 'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag'. Though the film did not impress her fans, Rani's performance was critically acclaimed and she was nominated for various roles. 

5. Sharmila Tagore 

‘Pushpa, I hate tears’, one of the most popular dialogues of Rajesh Khanna was in the context of a character Pushpa who happens to be a prostitute and it was portrayed by Sharmila Tagore. 

6. Huma Qureshi 

She played the love interest of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Badlapur. Her acting as the similar character in the film 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' was critically acclaimed.  

7. Preity Zinta 

It was the first time Preity played the role of a prostitute in her film 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' where she managed to take up all the appreciation as a hooker who later turns into a surrogate mother for a couple who cannot bear a child. 

8. Vidya Balan 

Vidya was a prostitute in 'Begum Jaan' wherein she portrayed the character of a brothel owner. 

9. Sushmita Sen 

Sushmita played the role of a hooker in her film ‘Chingaari’. She plays a young woman who is introduced to this business to earn a living for her daughter's upbringing. 

10. Manisha Koirala

Manisha played the role of a hooker at a brothel in Hyderabad for her film 'Market'. Overall the film was nice but it didn't get much recognition due to lack of promotions. 

11. Bipasha Basu 

Bong beauty Bipasha played the role of a prostitute named 'Bobby' in her film 'No Entry'. She is the centre of all the confusion and humour in the film. 

12. Neha Dhupia 

Neha had a small role in the film 'De Dana Dan' where she is portrayed as a prostitute. 

13. Kalki Koechlin 

Kalki played the modern version of Chandramukhi in Anurag Kashyap's film Dev.D. She is introduced to the dark world of prostitution after getting involved in an MMS scandal. That's all, people.Like and share the story.You can also write to me at muskan@wittyfeed.com