List of Bollywood actresses

This is a list of notable actresses who have starred in Bollywood films as leading roles.

The following are some of the most popular actresses of their decades:

Devika Rani (1930s)
Nargis (1940s)
Madhubala (1950s)
Asha Parekh (1960s)
Hema Malini (1970s)
Sridevi (1980s)
Kajol (1990s)

1920sEdit

Year with
lead role
Name Debut as
lead role
1920 Patience Cooper Damayanti
1922 Fatma Begum Veer Abhimanyu
Sultana Veer Abhimanyu
1923 Zubeida Kohinoor
1925 Seeta Devi Prem Sanyas
Ruby Myers Cinema Ki Rani
1926 Gohar Mamajiwala Baap Kamai

1930sEdit

Year with
lead role
Name Debut as
lead role
1930 Sabita Devi Kamaner Aagun
Mehtab Kamaal-e-Shamsheer
1931 Esther Victoria Abraham Toofani Tiruni
Kajjanbai Shirin Farhad
Khursheed Bano Eye for an eye
Rattan Bai
1932 Firoza Begum Bewafa Qatil
Lalita Pawar Kailash
Durga Khote Maya Machhindra
1933 Sardar Akhtar Id Ka Chand
Bibbo Rangila Rajput
Devika Rani Karma
1935 Fearless Nadia Hunterwali
Shobhna Samarth Nigahe Nafrat
Jaddanbai Talashe Haq
Leela Chitnis Shri Satyanarayan
Naseem Banu Khoon Ka Khoon
1936 Jamuna Barua Das
Shanta Apte Amar Jyoti
1937 Kanan Devi Vidyapati
Mohini Devdas
1938 Sitara Devi Watan
1939 Begum Khurshid Mirza Bhakti

1940sEdit

Year with
lead role
Name Debut as
lead role
Notable films
1940 Sadhana Bose Kumkum The Dancer
1941 Nalini Jaywant Bahen Sangram (1950), Nastik (1954), Kala Pani (1958)
1942 Sulochana Latkar Marvi
Meena Shorey Phir Milenge
Veena Garib Pakeezah (1972)
Swaran Lata Awaaz
Leela Desai Tamanna
Mumtaz Shanti Basant Kismet (1943), Dharti Ke Lal (1946), Ghar Ki Izzat (1948)
1943 Nargis Taqdeer Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Mother India (1957), Raat Aur Din (1967)
Suraiya Ishara Anmol Ghadi (1946), 1857 (1946), Parwana (1947), Dastan (1950)
1944 Begum Para Chand Neel Kamal (1947)
Sumitra Devi Meri Bahen
1945 Asha Posley Champa
Munawar Sultana Pehli Nazar Parai Aag (1948), Babul (1950)
Noor Jehan Zeenat Anmol Ghadi (1946), Jugnu (1947), Mirza Sahibaan (1947)
1946 Rehana Hum Ek Hain Saajan (1947), Sargam (1950)
Meena Kumari Bachchon Ka Khel Baiju Bawra (1952), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Kaajal (1965), Pakeezah (1972)
1947 Shashikala Jugnu
Madhubala Neel Kamal Mahal (1949), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Barsaat Ki Raat (1960), Half Ticket (1962)
1948 Cuckoo Moray Anokhi Ada
Nigar Sultana Shikayat Patanga (1949), Yahudi (1958), Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
Uma Anand Neecha Nagar
Kamini Kaushal Neecha Nagar Shaheed (1948), Nadiya Ke Paar (1948), Aarzoo (1950)
1949 Nimmi Barsaat Deedar (1951), Aan (1952), Basant Bahar (1956)
Shakila Duniya
Shammi Ustad Pedro Sangdil (1952)
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Nishan

1950sEdit

Year with
lead role
Name Debut as
lead role
Notable Films
1950 Nirupa Roy Har Har Mahadev
Nutan Hamari Beti Seema (1955), Sujata (1959), Bandini (1963), Milan (1967), Saudagar (1973), Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978)
1951 Geeta Bali Baazi Vachan (1955)
Kalpana Kartik
Bina Rai Kali Ghata Ghunghat (1960), Taj Mahal (1963)
1952 Nadira Aan
1953 Sandhya Teen Batti Char Raasta
1954 Shyama Aar Paar
Vyjayanthimala Nagin Devdas ( 1955), Sadhna (1958), Gunga Jumna (1961), Sangam (1964), Jewel Thief (1967)
Ameeta Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Pasupuleti Kannamba Manohar
1955 Suchitra Sen Devdas
1956 Waheeda Rehman C.I.D. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960), Guide (1965), Neel Kamal (1968), Khamoshi (1970), Reshma Aur Shera (1971)
Helen Halaku
Anjali Devi Devta
1957 Mala Sinha Pyaasa Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Himalay Ki God Mein (1965), Geet (1970)
1958 Padmini Ragini
1959 Minoo Mumtaz Black Cat
Asha Parekh Dil Deke Dekho Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Teesri Manzil ( 1966), Kati Patang ( 1971), Caravan ( 1971)
Nanda Chhoti Bahen Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Gumnaam (1965), The Train (1970)

1960sEdit

Year Name Debut film Notable films
1960 Sadhana Love in Shimla Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), Waqt (1965), Ek Phool Do Mali (1969)
1961 Saira Banu Junglee Bluff Master (1963), Padosan (1968), Hera Pheri (1976)
Tanuja Samarth Hamari Yaad Aayegi Jewel Thief (1967), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
Mumtaz Stree Do Raaste (1969), Khilona (1970), Loafer (1973)
Aruna Irani Gunga Jumna Bobby (1973), Beta (1992), Suhaag (1994)
1962 Leela Naidu Anuradha
Simi Garewal Karz (1980)
1963 Rajshree Grahasti
Jamuna Ek Raaz
1964 Savitri Ganga Ki Lahren
Sharmila Tagore Kashmir Ki Kali Aradhana (1969), Amar Prem (1972), Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973), Mausam (1975)
1966 Neetu Singh Suraj Deewaar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Kaala Patthar (1979)
Babita Dus Lakh Raaz (1967), Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968), Banphool (1971),
1967 Vimi Hamraaz
Moushumi Chatterjee Balika Badhu Anuraag (1972), Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974), Prem Bandhan (1979)
1968 Sowcar Janaki Teen Bahuraniyan
Kanchana Teen Bahuraniyan
Jayanthi Teen Bahuraniyan
Hema Malini Sapno Ka Saudagar Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Sholay (1975), Dream Girl (1977), Baghban (2003)
1969 Leena Chandavarkar Man Ka Meet

1970sEdit

Year Name Debut film Notable films
1970 Rekha Sawan Bhadon Ghar (1978), Umrao Jaan (1981), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Bharathi Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani
1971 Jaya Bachchan Guddi Abhimaan (1973), Sholay (1975), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Farida Jalal Laal Patthar Henna (1991), Mammo (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Zeenat Aman Hare Rama Hare Krishna Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1979), Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980)
Raakhee Sharmilee Daag (1973), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Tapasya (1976), Shakti (1982)
Yogeeta Bali Parwana
1973 Dimple Kapadia Bobby Saagar (1985), Kaash (1987), Rudaali (1993)
Parveen Babi Charitra Majboor (1974), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Namak Halaal (1982)
Reena Roy Zaroorat Nagin (1976), Aasha (1980), Sanam Teri Kasam (1982)
1974 Shabana Azmi Ankur Arth (1982), Khandhar (1984), Godmother (1999)
Vidya Sinha Rajnigandha
1975 Smita Patil Charandas Chor Bhumika (1977), Chakra (1981), Mirch Masala (1985)
Sarika Geet Gaata Chal
Sulakshana Pandit Uljhan Raaja (1975)
Lakshmi Julie
1976 Ranjeeta Laila Majnu Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978), Aap To Aise Na The (1980)
Bindiya Goswami Jeevan Jyoti
1978 Debashree Roy Ghata Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981), Kabhie Ajnabi The (1985), Hindustani Sipahi (2002)
Poonam Dhillon Trishul Noorie (1979), Red Rose (1980), Naam (1986),
Deepti Naval Junoon Chashme Buddoor (1981), Kamla (1984), Ankahee (1985)
1979 Jaya Prada Sargam Sharabi (1984), Sanjog (1985), Aulad (1987)
Reema Lagoo Sinhasan Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Aashiqui (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)
Sridevi Solva Sawan Sadma (1983), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), English Vinglish (2012)

1980sEdit

Year Name Debut film Notable films
1980 Tina Munim Karz Rocky (1981), Alag Alag (1985), Adhikar (1986)
1981 Vijayta Pandit Love Story
Anita Raj Prem Geet
Rati Agnihotri Ek Duuje Ke Liye Farz Aur Kanoon (1982), Tawaif (1985), Hukumat (1987)
1981 Padmini Kolhapure Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai Prem Rog (1982), Souten (1983), Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985),
1982 Salma Agha Nikaah Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984), Salma (1985), Pati Patni Aur Tawaif (1990)
1983 Meenakshi Seshadri Hero Jurm (1990), Damini (1993), Ghatak: Lethal (1996)
Amrita Singh Betaab Mard (1985), Aaina (1993), 2 States (2014), Badla (2019)
1984 Madhuri Dixit Abodh Tezaab (1988), Dil (1990), Saajan(1991), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Devdas (2002)
Neelam Jawaani Ilzaam (1986), Aag Hi Aag (1987), Ghar Ka Chiraag (1989)
1985 Mandakini Ram Teri Ganga Maili Jeeva (1986), Loha (1987), Taqdeer Ka Tamasha (1990)
Kimi Katkar Adventures of Tarzan Hum (1991)
1986 Farha Naaz Naseeb Apna Apna Love 86 (1986), Woh Phir Aayegi (1988), Begunaah (1991)
Bhanupriya Dosti Dushmani
1988 Sonam Vijay
Juhi Chawla Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Darr (1993), Yes Boss (1997), Ishq (1997)
Sangeeta Bijlani Qatil
1989 Nandita Das Parinati Fire (1996), 1947 Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000)
Roopa Ganguly Ek Din Achanak Bahaar Aane Tak (1990), Gopalaa (1994), Barfi! (2012)
Pooja Bhatt Daddy Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), Sadak (1991), Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), Zakhm (1998)
Bhagyashree Maine Pyar Kiya Tyagi (1992), Janani (2006), Red Alert: The War Within (2010)

1990sEdit

Year Name Debut film Notable films
1990 Anu Aggarwal Aashiqui
Nagma Baaghi Yalgaar (1992), Suhaag (1994)
1991 Urmila Matondkar Narsimha Rangeela (1995), Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001), Bhoot (2003), Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
Manisha Koirala Saudagar 1942: A Love story (1994), Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Dil Se.. (1998), Sanju (2018)
Zeba Bakhtiyar Heena Stuntman (1994), Jai Vikraanta (1995)
Madhoo Phool Aur Kaante Ravan Raaj: A True Story (1995), Diljale (1996), Yeshwant (1997)
Karisma Kapoor Prem Qaidi Raja Hindustani (1996), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Biwi No.1 (1999), Fiza (2000)
Raveena Tandon Patthar Ke Phool Mohra (1994), Dulhe Raja (1998), Daman (2001)
Ayesha Jhulka Kurban Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Dalaal (1993), Masoom (1996)
Mamta Kulkarni Tirangaa Aashik Awara (1993), Andolan (1995), Karan Arjun (1995)
1992 Divya Bharti Vishwatma Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Deewana (1992), Dil Ka Kya Kasoor (1992), Rang (1993)
Pratibha Sinha Mehboob Mere Mehboob
Kajol Bekhudi Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), My Name Is Khan (2010)
1993 Shilpa Shetty Baazigar Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Dhadkan (2000), Phir Milenge (2004)
1994 Seema Biswas Bandit Queen Water (2005), Vivah (2006), Half Girlfriend (2017)
Sonali Bendre Aag English Babu Desi Mem (1996), Sarfarosh (1999), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000)
Tabu Vijaypath Maachis (1996), Chandni Bar (2001), Cheeni Kum (2007), Haider (2014)
Rituparna Sengupta Teesra Kaun ? Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005), Gauri: The Unborn (2007), Life Express (2010)
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
1995 Twinkle Khanna Barsaat Jaan (1996), International Khiladi(1999), Joru Ka Ghulam (2000)
1996 Rani Mukerji Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Black (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Hichki (2018)
Sushmita Sen Dastak Sirf Tum (1999), Filhaal... (2002), Samay: When Time Strikes (2003)
1997 Mahima Chaudhry Pardes Dil Kya Kare (1999), Dhadkan (2000), The Film (2005)
Aishwarya Rai Aur Pyar Ho Gaya Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Taal (1999), Devdas (2002), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Pooja Batra Virasat Bhai (1997), Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999), Taj Mahal (2006)
Sharbani Mukherjee Border
1998 Preity Zinta Dil Se.. and Soldier Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004), Salaam Namaste (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
Neha Kareeb
1999 Rinke Khanna Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi

2000sEdit

Year Name Debut film Notable films
2000 Shamita Shetty Mohabbatein
Kim Sharma
Preeti Jhangiani
Kareena Kapoor Refugee Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001), Jab We Met (2007). 3 Idiots (2009), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Ameesha Patel Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), Humraaz (2002), Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)
2001 Dia Mirza Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
Gracy Singh Lagaan Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
Isha Koppikar Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa
Bipasha Basu Ajnabee Raaz (2002), Corporate (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
Sandali Sinha Tum Bin
Keerthi Reddy Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat
Monica Bedi
Riya Sen Style
2002 Esha Deol Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche
Amrita Rao Ab Ke Baras Main Hoon Na (2004), Vivah (2006), Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
Gauri Karnik Sur
Tulip Joshi Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
Amrita Arora Kitne Door Kitne Paas
2003 Chitrangada Singh Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
Genelia D'Souza Tujhe Meri Kasam Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008)
Shriya Saran
Shenaz Treasury Ishq Vishk
Nauheed Cyrusi Inteha
Rimi Sen Hungama
Lara Dutta Andaaz No Entry (2005), Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010)
Priyanka Chopra Aitraaz (2004), Fashion (2008), Barfi! (2012), Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Neha Dhupia Qayamat: City Under Threat
Bhumika Chawla Tere Naam
Tanishaa Mukerji Sssshhh...
Vidya Malvade Inteha
Celina Jaitly Janasheen
Mallika Sherawat Khwahish
Meher Vij Saaya
Sakshi Shivanand Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai
Katrina Kaif Boom New York (2009), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), Dhoom 3 (2013), Zero (2018)
2004 Soha Ali Khan Dil Maange More!!!
Gayatri Joshi Swades
Ayesha Takia Taarzan: The Wonder Car
Manjari Fadnis Rok Sako To Rok Lo Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008)
2005 Minissha Lamba Yahaan Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
Konkona Sen Sharma Page 3 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), Omkara (2006), Life in a... Metro (2007), Wake Up Sid (2009)
Radhika Apte Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Badlapur (2015), Lust Stories (2018), Andhadhun (2018)
Tamannaah Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
Vidya Balan Parineeta Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), The Dirty Picture (2011), Kahaani (2012), Tumhari Sulu (2017)
Sonya Jehan Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story
Meera Nazar
2006 Kangana Ranaut Gangster Fashion (2008), Queen (2014), Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)
2007 Anaitha Nair Chak De! India
Shilpa Shukla
Chitrashi Rawat
Sagarika Ghatge
Seema Azmi
Sonam Kapoor Saawariya Raanjhanaa (2013), Khoobsurat (2014), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015), Neerja (2016)
Deepika Padukone Om Shanti Om Love Aaj Kal (2009), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Bajirao Mastani (2015), Padmaavat (2018)
Hansika Motwani Aap Kaa Surroor - The Real Luv Story
2008 Asin Thottumkal Ghajini
Anushka Sharma Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), PK (2014), Sultan (2016), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Prachi Desai Rock On!!
Richa Chadda Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
2009 Jacqueline Fernandez Aladin
Shruti Haasan Luck

2010sEdit

Year with
lead role
Name Debut as
lead role
Notable films
2010 Trisha Khatta Meetha
Sonakshi Sinha Dabangg Rowdy Rathore (2012), Lootera (2013), Kalank (2019), Mission Mangal (2019)
Shraddha Kapoor Teen Patti Aashiqui 2 (2013), Ek Villain (2014), Haider (2014), Chhichhore (2019)
Zareen Khan Veer
Kirti Kulhari Khichdi: The Movie Pink (2016), Indu Sarkar (2017), Blackmail (2018)
Sandeepa Dhar Isi Life Mein
Sara Loren Kajraare
2011 Sonnalli Seygall Pyar Ka Punchnama Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015), Jai Mummy Di (2020)
Aditi Rao Hydari Yeh Saali Zindagi Fitoor (2016), Padmaavat (2018)
Nushrat Bharucha Pyaar Ka Punchnama
Kajal Aggarwal Singham
Parineeti Chopra Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Ishaqzaade (2012), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), Hasee Toh Phasee (2014),Kesari (2019)
Nargis Fakhri Rockstar
Purbi Joshi Damadamm!
2012 Huma Qureshi Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1
Yami Gautam Vicky Donor Badlapur (2015), Kaabil (2017), Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), Bala (2019)
Ileana D'Cruz Barfi!
Alia Bhatt Student of the Year Highway (2014), Udta Punjab (2016), Raazi (2018), Gully Boy (2019)
Neha Sharma Crook
Esha Gupta Jannat 2
Veena Malik Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai
Diana Penty Cocktail Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016)
Amy Jackson Ekk Deewana Tha
Sunny Leone Jism 2
2013 Vaani Kapoor Shuddh Desi Romance Befikre (2016), War (2019)
Amyra Dastur Issaq
Armeena Khan Huff! It's Too Much
Urvashi Rautela Singh Saab the Great
Taapsee Pannu Chashme Baddoor Pink (2016), Mulk (2018), Badla (2019), Saand Ki Aankh (2019)
Rhea Chakraborty Mere Dad Ki Maruti
2014 Rakul Preet Singh Yaariyan
Sonali Raut The Xpose
Humaima Malick Raja Natwarlal
Kriti Sanon Heropanti Dilwale (2015), Raabta (2017), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Luka Chuppi (2019)
Lisa Haydon Queen Aisha (2010), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Kiara Advani Fugly Lust Stories (2018), Kabir Singh (2019), Good Newwz (2019)
Daisy Shah Jai Ho
2015 Bhumi Pednekar Dum Laga Ke Haisha Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Saand Ki Aankh (2019), Bala (2019), Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019)
Madhurima Tuli Baby Naam Shabana

Hamari Adhuri Kahani

2016 Sanya Malhotra Dangal Badhaai Ho (2018), Photograph (2019)
Fatima Sana Shaikh Thugs of Hindostan (2018)
Zaira Wasim Secret Superstar (2017), The Sky Is Pink (2019)
Ritika Singh Saala Khadoos
Mawra Hocane Sanam Teri Kasam
Pooja Hegde Mohenjo Daro
Saiyami Kher Mirzya
Kriti Kharbanda Raaz Reboot
Sayyeshaa Shivaay
Disha Patani M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Baaghi 2
2017 Mahira Khan Raees
Saba Qamar Hindi Medium
Payal Ghosh Patel ki Punjabi Sadi
Sajal Aly Mom
Zhu Zhu Tubelight
Nidhhi Agerwal Munna Michael
2018 Mithila Palkar Karwaan
Kritika Kamra Mitron
Sara Ali Khan Kedarnath Simmba (2018), Love Aaj Kal (2020)
Mouni Roy Gold Romeo Akbar Walter (2019), London Confidential (2020)
Radhika Madan Pataakha Angrezi Medium (2020)
Janhvi Kapoor Dhadak
Tripti Dimri Laila Majnu
Ihana Dhillon Hate Story 4
2019 Tara Sutaria Student of the Year 2 Marjaavaan (2019)
Ananya Panday Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019)
2020 Hina Khan Hacked
Alaya Furniturewala Jawaani Jaaneman
Sanjana Sanghi Dil Bechara

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