Be it their modernized size 0 or svelte-figure, sultry looks, or even voluptuous figurine, it seems as if exquisite women have always mesmerized everyone with their extraordinary charm. The task of selecting the“most beautiful actresses of 1970s Bollywood,” out of competent stunners is a daunting job indeed. These are the actresses who made us laugh and cry; we have imitated their gestures, emulated their gait, spent hours at the looking glass, mimicking them, in short, we love them to death. The memories are sealed forever and so is their charm. Recollecting and revisiting the past, we explore some really beautiful Bollywood actresses of 1970s in this top-10 count-down.
10. Reena Roy:
The conventional-looking Reena Roy’s film career started off with a non-starter director B. R. Ishara’s film “NayeeDuniyaNaye Log,” though it got shelved somehow. Undeterred, the same director did cast her again in “Zaroorat,” and the racy film was an instant hit. Her ladder to success was “Nagin,” where she played the title role of a female snake with extraordinary mythological powers. She avenges the death of her lover by brutally murdering five men. The film became a huge hit, and Reena received her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.
9. Jaya Prada:
This beautiful actress was born in Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh. After she took Hindi lessons, director K. Vishwanath brought her to Hindi films, and it was the hit film “Kamchor,” where she presented a version of fluent Hindi. The actress earned two Filmfare nominations for Prakash Mehra’s “Sharabi,” and K.Vishwanath’s “Sanjog.” Her milestone film is though “Saagara Sangaman,” with veteran actor Kamal Hassan, for which she won Filmfare award for the Best Actress-Telgu.
8. Poonam Dhillon:
Ravishing-looking Poonam Dhillon was born in Kanpur. A former Femina Miss India, Dhillon in the course of her career acted in more than eighty films. She is best known for “Noorie,” and also for her half-a-dozen films with superstar Rajesh Khanna, in “Red Rose,” “Dard,” “Nishaan,” “Zamana,” and “Awam.” She will be best remembered for her role in Yash Chopra-produced film “Noorie.” She’s also appeared in Big Boss Season 3, the Indian reality TV version of Big Brother.
7. Neetu Singh:
The gorgeous entry in the list of beautiful Bollywood actresses, Neetu Singh was born to Sikh parents in Delhi. Her successful films include, “Rafoo Chakkar,” “KhelKhel Mein,” “Kabhi Kabhi,” “Amar Akbar Anthony,” and “Doosra Aadmi. Her superb on and off-screen chemistry with actor colleague Rishi Kapoor resulted in marriage. After getting married in to the reputed Kapoor clan, she bid good bye to films, only to make a comeback after 26 years. The couple appeared together in “Love Aaj Kal,” “Do Dooni Chaar,” and “Jab Tak Hai Jaan.”
6. Parween Babi:
She was born and brought up in Junagad. Parween Babi was discovered by the famous director B.R. Ishara at Ahmedabad University, where she was approached to act in his forthcoming movie, “Charitraheen.” In the film, this gorgeous actress was paired alongside the cricketer Salim Durrani. Since then there was no looking back for this gorgeous lady. She will best remembered for films like Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Shaan, Yeh Nazdeekiyan, and Namak Halal.
5. Zeenat Aman:
Zeenat Aman was born to Amanullah Khan and Scindain 1951 in Mumbai (then Bombay). May be it was Zeenat, who started the trend for beauty pageants to choose Bollywood as their preferred destination. She was the second runner up in “Miss India,” and also won “Miss Asia Pacific” title in 1970. She had a substantial impact on the characterization of heroine in Hindi films. With free-spirited roles in films like “Hare Rama Hare Krishna,” and “Yaadon Ki Baraat,” Zeenat championed the new, youthful and rebellious idea of a woman with western values in Bollywood.
She was born in Ranaghat, in the Nadia district of West Bengal, on 15th August, 1947. She began her career in Hindi film industry with Rajshri Productions’ “JeevanMritu,” with Dharmendra in 1970. The actress will be remembered for her memorable role in “Sharmilee,” with Shashi Kapoor. Her five consequent superhits with Amitabh Bachchan are, “Kabhi-Kabhi,” “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar,” “KasmeVaade,” “Trishul,” and “Kala Patthar.”
3. Smita Patil:
One of the most sensual Bollywood actresses of all time, Smita Patil was born in 1955 in Dhule, Maharastra. After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, she made her debut in veteran director Shyam Benegal’s “Charandaschor.” Some of her greatest roles were in films such as Aakrosh, Manthan, Mirch Masala and Bhumika. Along with Shabana Azmi, she was one of the prominent faces of new wave cinema in India. In her films, her characters often represented an intelligent femininity, which was quite unconventional back then, in the times of male-dominated society.
Earlier known as Bhanurekha, she was born in 1954 to Tamil actor Gemini Ganeshan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli. She’s acted in over 180 films in her career of more than 40 years. Aside from the masala/mainstream cinema, she’s proved her caliber as an actress in offbeat or parallel cinema. This gorgeous lady has won three Filmfare Awards. Her portrayal of a conventional courtesan in “Umrao Jaan,”was highly appreciated and she’s even won the National Film Award for it. She’s a subject of mystery for many as she continues to live as a mystic muse.
Popularly known as “Dream Girl,” of Bollywood, HemaMalini Chakravarty was born in Ammankudi, Tiruchirappalli in 1948. Appearing in over 150 films, she’s remained a successful actress throughout. From being a chirpy Basanti in “Sholay,” to playing a middle-age woman in “Baghban, she’s reserved her place in the hearts of Indian audience. The beautiful actress has been nominated 11 times for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. In 2000, she was honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honor, by the Government of India.