Most Iconic Performances By Leading Bollywood Goddesses

Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari

Indian film industry has witnessed a vast variety of quality films based on strong subjects that are strongly supported by powerful acting abilities and characterization. This article is based on some of wonderful performances by some greatest actresses of Hindi cinema who have been acclaimed worldwide by reason of their fortes and extraordinary acting abilities.

Nargis in Mother India

1957’s release, Mother India is an Indian blockbuster melodrama, based on the societal and monetary conditions of the state in the post-independence time. The splendid lady, Nargis who portrayed the main role, was the real soul of the movie.  Mother India is the film, which turned her totally around and she never looked back. She played the title role of Mother India who is a poor woman and raises her children in the course of various problems and troubles. She truly made the viewers cry from the soul by her performance and attained the peak of the recognition with her extraordinary aptitude. Mother India got her unanimous acclamation both from the critics as well as the audience.

Nautan in Bandini

Nutan is an actress whose magical acting abilities blessed her extraordinary ovation in the Indian film industry. Her role in 1963’s female centric film Bandini is one of the most excellent characters she portrayed in her film career.  The film circles around Kalyani who is imprisoned in a jail because of murdering her lover’s wife. Bandini witnesses Nautan landing her greatest show to the title role. She captures different shades of the character and has done complete justice with each of them. Among an array of various expressions of the character, whether it’s for falling in love with a freedom fighter, showing anxiety of being dumped, committing the crime of murder or even confession the crime, Nautan has given the real magic to each of them. Undoubtedly, with Bandini, Nautan has given her finest facial expressions over each feeling of the character and has made it alive everlastingly.

Shabana Azmi in Arth

Shabana Azmi is one of the most admired Indian actresses, who are distinguished for their versatility. Her incredible performance in 1982’s release Arth gets a special mention here. It’s a movie of a woman who is desperate to find her own identity after being dumped by her husband for an affair with an actress. Shabana gives the definitive performance of her film span and has well portrayed sensitive emotions of such character.

Madhu Bala in Mughal-e-Azam

Mughal-e-Azam, released in 1960, is a tribute to the unforgettable love of prince Saleem and Anarkali. After Amar, this blockbuster hit was the film that exposed Madhu Bala’s incredible tragic and dramatic acting aptitude to the world that had never seen anything beyond her amazing beauty. Unarguably, there cannot be a second opinion that nobody could depict Anarkali better than Madhu Bala has done in Mughal-e-Azam. She factually lives the character which can be glimpsed from each of her expressions she reveals throughout the film.

Meena Kumari in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam

One of the finest actresses of Hindi cinema, Meena Kumari depicted many characters and left an unforgettable memory for each of them. However, her character as Chhoti Bahu in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is undoubtedly her most excellent depiction among all other she ever presented. She was perhaps first Indian actress who depicted a drunk woman on silver screen. No wonder if Meena Kumari’s fabulous performance in 1962’s release, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, made you emotional when she becomes a distressed alcoholic and begs her companion to be with her. Truly a mind-blowing performance ever!

Smita Patil in Bhumika

Smita Patil is a widely acclaimed actress of Indian silver screen whose incredible acting abilities can never be denied. 1977’s release Bhumika is an extraordinary classic from her excellent movies where she presented her perfect characterization and brilliant performance in title role. She played ‘Hansa Wadkar’ in the film who was a famous Marathi celebrity of forties. Smita beautifully depicted each shade from Hansa Wadkar’s showy and eccentric life. Her natural performance in Bhumika blessed her with National Award for best actress.

Meena Kumari in Pakeezah

Pakeezah is another Meena Kumari’s best film where she gave her one of the finest performance.  She perfectly immortalizes the character of an Indian courtesan who falls in love with a nawab. It seems she had felt the character from her inner so she blew a reality in the role with her magnificent acting.  1972’s Pakeezah was the last film of her career which could not get a good response in the beginning of its release, but after her death, people ran to watch the movie which made it a super hit movie of the year.

Sridevi in Lamhe

Sri Devi stands among the most beautiful and finest actresses of Bollywood. A large number of hit films, breathtaking performances and remarkable dancing skills always have kept her superlative among the other goodness of the industry. 1991’s release Lamhe is a film where Sri Devi’s defining performance catapults her to an iconic standing. Playing double role in Lamhe, Sri Devi has given a nuanced performance in two totally opposite characters of mature Pallavi and spunky, impish Pooja. No doubt it’s a role she truly well lived that won her Filmfare award for best actress too. In short, Lamhe will always be celebrated as the pinnacle of her artistic quality and the greatest acting achievement.

Rekha in Umrao Jaan

Rekha is a daring woman of Indian film industry who possesses many characters on her film career that represent her acting aptitude in real manners. Umrao Jaan is one of her finest movies where she landed the best in immortalizing the Indian courtesan. It is a character that she adapted and portrayed extremely well and got National Award for her spectacular performance. With this 1981’s release, Rekha earned extraordinary fame across the world; moreover it did not only give her recognition but made her iconic for the industry as well.

 

Madhuri in Devdas

Madhuri’s role as Chandramukhi in Devdas will remain the best part of her career. The movie observes a triangle love story of Devdas, Paru and Chandramukhi and leaves a deep influence on Indian society. Madhuri portrays Chandramukhi tremendously and blows a true soul to the character with her most expressive accent, extraordinary expressions and perfect voice modulation skills. Simply hats off to her!

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