It was not a long time ago when Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra was trolled on the Internet for wearing a short dress during her meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. And it's not just PeeCee, but a majority of the female actors in the country are judged on the basis of their dressing style. But what if I tell you, that these ladies, who are being trolled for their dressing sense, are the ones who shaped the culture of women fashion in the country?
Yes! It all began with the bold women from the 70s, 80s and 90s who not only entered a profession that was ruled by men but also made a standing for themselves and many other women in the country.
Did you know Bhanurekha aka Rekha was born in a Tamil-speaking Ganesan house and did not know how to speak Hindi? And thanks to her dusky and dark complexion, she did not come in prominence. But with time, she started yoga, learned Hindi and dancing, and then made a mark for herself in Bollywood.
In her 40 years of career in B-Town, Rekha played the role of strong and bold characters and won various awards for her abilities.
Sharmila Tagore started her career with Bengali films and soon became famous in Bollywood after playing some intense characters in the movies. She worked with almost every superstar of her time and gathered a lot of appreciation for her acting talent. She is the mother of popular actor Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan.
Born to a businessman in 1957, Dimple was first noticed by Raj Kapoor who then signed her for Bobby. After she married actor Rajesh Khanna, she quit her acting career and decided to spend time with husband. But after her marriage ended, she made a come-back on the silver screen.
Known as the most captivating star India has ever produced, Madhubala was born on Valentine's Day in a conservative and poor Pathan Muslim family in Delhi. She started her acting career at a really early age and is still remembered for brilliant acting skills in the movies like Tarana, Mr. & Mrs. '55 and of course her swansong in Mughal-E-Azam.
Born in Burma to Anglo Indian father named George Desmier and a Burmese mother named Marlene. Helen got her break with the song 'Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo'. She had danced in more than 700 movies and hence is called a prolific dancer. She retired from movies in 1981 after getting married to screenwriter Salim Khan.
Called as the Dhak-Dhak Girl of Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit was acclaimed as a Kathak dancer who never had any intention of getting into Bollywood. She wanted to be a micro-biologist instead. Madhuri Dixit married Dr Shriram Madhav Nene, a cardiovascular surgeon from Los Angeles, California.
Raveena Tandon is the daughter of Bollywood director Ravi Tandon. It is said that she quit her college to continue her modeling career. For her first debut, she won a Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year. Apart from her acting career, she is also involved in various social activities. After a long break, she returned to Bollywood with the movie Maatr in the leading role.
First spotted by famous Indian film director and screenwriter BR Ishara, Parveen Babi gave various superhits including Deewar, Namak Halal, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Kala Pathar. Her most remembered moment is the time when Time Magazine featured her photograph on their cover page in 1976, calling her the changing face of Bollywood and Bollywood actresses.
Sridevi began her career at a very early age as a child artist in a Tamil movie and made her debut in Bollywood in 1975 as a child actor in Julie in which she played the younger sister of the lead actress. She has acted in 63 movies in Hindi, 62 movies in Telugu, 58 movies in Tamil, and 21 movies in Malayalam, in her career from 1967 through to 2007. She then made a comeback to Bollywood with English Vinglish in 2012.
Mostly remembered for her performance in the movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Mandakini is currently running Tibetan yoga classes. She is a follower of the Dalai Lama.
In 1990, she married a former Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur, together they run a centre for Tibetan medicine.
These women have contributed to our Bollywood industry by molding it to what it is today
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