Indian Women Film & Theater Personalities

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Throughout history, there have been many Indian women film & theater personalities who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Indian female film & theater personalities such as Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, Rakul Preet Singh.
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 1 
Priyanka Chopra
19
Birthdate: July 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

The Winner of Miss World 2000; a successful actress in Hindi films; the owner of production house that promotes regional Indian cinema and the first Indian actor to play the lead character in an American television show – Priyanka Chopra’s list of achievements is long. The popular star is also a singer, a tech investor and the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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Deepika Padukone
(One of the Highest-Paid Actresses in India)
Deepika Padukone
12
Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-paid Indian actresses. She is also known for her off-screen work, which involves supporting charitable organizations. She founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims at creating awareness on mental health. In 2018, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 3 
Sunny Leone
(Actress, Model)
Sunny Leone
13
Birthdate: May 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

In 2010, Sunny Leone was named among 12 top porn stars by Maxim magazine. After a flourishing career in the porn industry, Sunny Leone settled in India where she is currently popular as a film actress. Her journey from a porn actress to a successful Bollywood personality is viewed as an inspirational story by many young women across the world. 

 4 
Sridevi
(Indian Actress Cited as the 'First Female Superstar' of Indian Cinema)
Sridevi
6
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018

Sridevi was an Indian film actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. Considered one of the most popular actresses of all time, Sridevi was dubbed the First Female Superstar in India. With several prestigious awards under her belt, she was also regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

 5 
Anushka Sharma
11
Birthdate: May 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India

Indian actress and producer, Anushka Sharma is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in the country. She was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2018 and is the recipient of numerous awards. Beginning her career as a model, she soon ventured into acting and made a name for herself within a short while.

 6 
Kareena Kapoor
(Indian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Jab We Met’)
Kareena Kapoor
15
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

One of the most popular and also amongst the highest paid Bollywood actresses, Kareena Kapoor is best known for her roles in movies like Chameli, Omkara, 3 Idiots and Jab We Met. Born into a film family, the beautiful, accomplished and award winning actress always aspired to enter the film industry and eventually made her debut at the age of 19 with the movie Refugee.

 7 
Rekha
(Actor, Politician)
Rekha
12
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
 8 
Kajol
(Actress)
Kajol
6
Birthdate: August 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai
Padma Shri-winning Indian actor Kajol, daughter of yesteryear actor Tanuja, holds the record for the most Filmfare Award wins as the “Best Actress,” along with Nutan, her aunt. She is known for teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan in hit Hindi films such as Baazigar and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
 9 
Madhuri Dixit
(One of the Most Popular Leading Actresses of Hindi Cinema)
Madhuri Dixit
6
Birthdate: May 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Padma Shri-winning actor Madhuri Dixit ruled Bollywood in the 1990s, with her performances in films such as Dil, Beta, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The multiple-Filmfare-winning actor is a talented Kathak dancer. She owns a production company and an online dance school, and has also worked with UNICEF.
 10 
Aishwarya Rai
(Actress and the Winner of the Miss World 1994 Pageant.)
Aishwarya Rai
4
Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai is one of the most popular and influential celebrities in the country. She began her career as a model and was crowned the Miss World 1994. She started acting soon after and became one of India’s top actresses. Besides acting, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).

 11 
Anushka Shetty
(Indian Actress Who Predominantly Works in the Telugu and Tamil Films)
Anushka Shetty
4
Birthdate: November 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Puttur, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Anushka Shetty is an Indian film actress and model renowned for her work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Known as the Lady Superstar of the Cinema of South India, Shetty is often counted among the highest-paid actresses. Apart from featuring in many successful films, Anushka Shetty has also received several awards, including Nandi Awards and Filmfare Awards South.

 12 
Kiara Advani
(Actress)
Kiara Advani
11
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
 13 
Shraddha Kapoor
11
Birthdate: March 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
 14 
Tabu
(actor, model)
Tabu
4
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Tabu is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu film industries. One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, Tabu is renowned for playing unconventional roles. In 2011, she was honored with the Padma Shri by the Indian Government. She has also received other prestigious awards, such as National Film Awards.

 15 
Katrina Kaif
(Actress)
Katrina Kaif
14
Birthdate: July 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Victoria, Hong Kong

Katrina Kaif is one of the top actresses of the Hindi film industry. Namastey London, New York, Raajneeti, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Ek Tha Tiger, Dhoom 3, Bang Bang and Bharat are some of her hit films. Her career has seen highs and lows and many times she has been criticised for her acting.

 16 
Disha Patani
(Indian Actress Known for Her Role in the Sports Biopic 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)')
Disha Patani
7
Birthdate: June 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Disha Patani is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi film industry. Patani is renowned for her performance in the 2017 biographical sports drama film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, which narrates the story of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Patani's portrayal of Priyanka in the film earned her many awards including Stardust Awards.

 17 
Jacqueline Fernandez
(Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2006 and an Established Actress in Hindi Film Industry)
Jacqueline Fernandez
4
Birthdate: June 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manama, Bahrain

Talent knows no geographical boundaries and Sri Lankan actress and model, Jacqueline Fernandez, showed it with her success in Bollywood and the numerous awards she won. Raised in a multi-ethnic family, she is known for glamour and found a place in Forbes’ India list of 100 celebrities. Fernandez is also noted for her concern for animals as acknowledged by PETA.

 18 
Nayanthara
(Actress)
Nayanthara
10
Birthdate: November 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
 19 
Sai Pallavi
(Actress)
Sai Pallavi
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tamil Nadu, India
 20 
Kriti Sanon
(Actor, Model)
Kriti Sanon
6
Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Delhi

Kriti Sanon is an Indian actress best known for her work in Bollywood. Apart from being an actress, Sanon also endorses several brands and has launched her own clothing line as well. Over the years, Kriti Sanon has won many awards, such as the International Indian Film Academy Awards and Filmfare Award.

 21 
Pooja Hegde
8
Birthdate: October 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharastra, India
 22 
Alia Bhatt
(One of Highest-Paid Indian Actresses)
Alia Bhatt
12
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Indian actress Alia Bhatt made her debut at the age of six in the movie Sangharsh. More than a decade later, she appeared in Student of the Year as its leading lady. The movie was a success and since then the actor’s career has seen tremendous rise. Her performances in movies like Highway, Raazi and Gully Boy have won her both, popularity and awards.

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Rakul Preet Singh
(Actress, Model)
Rakul Preet Singh
11
Birthdate: October 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Indian actress Rakul Preet Singh started her career as a model and then graduated to films. She made her debut in a Telugu film in 2011 and then did a Tamil film in 2012. In 2014 she starred in a Hindi film Yaariyan. Venkatadri Express, Current Theega, Dhruva, Spyder and De De Pyaar De are some of her notable films.

 24 
Samantha Akkineni
(One of the Leading Indian Actresses in Telugu and Tamil Film Industries)
Samantha Akkineni
12
Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Samantha Akkineni is one of South India's go-to actresses when it comes to playing the female lead in romantic-comedy films. One of the most bankable actresses, she works hard to raise funds for the Pratyusha Support charitable trust, which she founded in 2014. She also donates her earnings from inauguration events, endorsements, and product launches to support the foundation.
 25 
Nora Fatehi
(Actress, Model, and Producer Known for Her Work in the Indian Film Industry)
Nora Fatehi
6
Birthdate: February 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nora Fatehi is a popular figure in the Indian film industry. Although born and raised in Canada. Nora has worked in Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi language films. She was part of one of the highest-grossing Indian films ever - Baahubali: The Beginning. Apart from appearing in films, she has also made a mark in the TV industry.

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Rani Mukerji
(Actor, Model)
Rani Mukerji
7
Birthdate: March 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai

Rani Mukerji is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi film industry. One of the most successful actresses of her generation, Mukerji has featured in the highest-paid and most popular actresses of the 2000s lists. She has also received several awards like Filmfare Awards and Screen Awards. Rani Mukerji is also known for her humanitarian work.

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Raveena Tandon
(Model, Actor, Film producer)
Raveena Tandon
6
Birthdate: October 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

Raveena Tandon is an Indian film actress, producer, and model. Although she is best known for her work in the Hindi film industry, Tandon has also played important roles in many popular South Indian films like Kamal Haasan's Aalavandhan and Upendra's eponymous film. Over the course of her career, Tandon has received several prestigious awards, including a National Film Award.

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Tamannaah
(Indian Actress Who Predominantly Works in Telugu and Tamil Films)
Tamannaah
6
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Tamannaah Bhatia is an Indian film actress best known for her work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Apart from being a popular actress, Tamannaah is also an important celebrity endorser for famous products and brands. Over the years, Tamannaah has won many awards like the South Scope Awards. In 2010, she was honored with the prestigious Kalaimamani Award.

 29 
Shruti Haasan
(Actress & Daughter of Kamal Haasan)
Shruti Haasan
7
Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
 30 
Karisma Kapoor
7
Birthdate: June 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai

Karisma Kapoor is an Indian film actress best known for her association with the Hindi film industry. Born into the famous Kapoor family, Karisma achieved popularity during the 1990s when she played important roles in successful films like Jigar. She then established herself as the leading actress of Bollywood by winning prestigious awards like National Film Award and Filmfare Awards.

 31 
Radhika Apte
5
Birthdate: September 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pune
 32 
Sushmita Sen
(Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant)
Sushmita Sen
4
Birthdate: November 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad
 33 
Padma Lakshmi
(Indian-American Author, Model and Host of the Cooking Competition Show ‘Top Chef’)
Padma Lakshmi
4
Birthdate: September 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Padma Lakshmi is a model, television host and author. She has hosted cooking competition program Top Chef and has published cookbooks. She has acted in films and television too and is also an activist working for immigration and women’s rights and is a critic of skin-lightening creams. She was married to novelist Salman Rushdie for a little over three years.

 34 
Shilpa Shetty
(Actress, Model)
Shilpa Shetty
4
Birthdate: June 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
 35 
Yami Gautam
(Actress)
Yami Gautam
3
Birthdate: November 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India

Yami Gautam is an Indian actress who came into prominence after being chosen as the face of the popular skin-lightening cosmetic product Fair & Lovely. Also known for her good looks, Yami Gautam frequently appears on lists, such as Times of India's Most Desirable Woman.

 36 
Shreya Ghoshal
(Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer)
Shreya Ghoshal
5
Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durgapur

National Award-winning singer Shreya Ghoshal grew up in Rajasthan and later moved to Mumbai, where her electrical engineer father was posted. After gaining attention with the talent show Sa Re Ga Ma, the classically trained artist was catapulted to fame with her playback singing in Devdas, and never looked back.

 37 
Ileana D'Cruz
(Actress)
Ileana D'Cruz
5
Birthdate: November 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai
 38 
Kriti Kharbanda
6
Birthdate: October 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi
 39 
Manushi Chhillar
7
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rohtak, Haryana, India

Manushi Chhillar is an Indian actress and model. Chhillar achieved popularity in 2017 when she won the Miss World pageant, becoming only the sixth Indian to win the pageant. After winning the pageant, Chhillar went on to sign a three-film contract with the popular production company Yash Raj Films. She has also modeled for popular brands like Fashion Big Bazaar.

 40 
Kangana Ranaut
11
Birthdate: March 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhambla, Himachal Pradesh, India
 41 
Madhubala
(Actress)
Madhubala
4
Birthdate: February 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi
Died: February 23, 1969
Madhubala, also known as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, ruled the 1950s with films such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr. and Mrs. '55. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Mughal-e-Azam and was photographed for Life magazine. She died due to a congenital heart ailment, at 36.
 42 
Freida Pinto
(Actress)
Freida Pinto
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Freida Pinto is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Latika in Slumdog Millionaire. She previously hosted a travel show named Full Circle. Pinto also amazed audiences with her performances in films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals, Love Sonia, and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
 43 
Dimple Kapadia
9
Birthdate: June 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai
 44 
Mouni Roy
(Actor, Film actor)
Mouni Roy
5
Birthdate: September 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cooch Behar
 45 
Juhi Chawla
(Actor, Model, Film producer, Beauty pageant contestant)
Juhi Chawla
6
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ambala
 46 
Rashmika Mandanna
10
Birthdate: April 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Virajpete, Kodagu, Karnataka, India
 47 
Bipasha Basu
(actor, model, film actor)
Bipasha Basu
4
Birthdate: January 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi
 48 
Sonakshi Sinha
7
Birthdate: June 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
 49 
Urmila Matondkar
6
Birthdate: February 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Urmila Matondkar started her career at 3 and then delivered a memorable performance in Masoom as a child actor. Fans have loved her appearances in Satya, Rangeela, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, and Pinjar. She won a Filmfare for her role in Bhoot and has now joined the Indian National Congress.
 50 
Jennifer Winget
6
Birthdate: May 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India