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My favourite actresses from South Asia
1. Amy Jackson
Actress | I
Amy Jackson is a British actress who began her acting career in India.
Amy became a household name after movies such as 'I', 'Singh is Bling' and 'Theri'.
Jackson's career prospects continue to grow with her first Hollywood role as Saturn Girl in season 3 of The CW's superhero series Supergirl (2017)...
Actress | Zinda
Celina Jaitly was born on 24th Nov 1981 in Shimla, India to a Punjabi Indian father and an Afghan mother. Her father Colonel V.K. Jaitly, is a retired Indian Army colonel, and her mother, Meeta, an Afghan is a child psychologist, as well as a beauty queen. Celina has one brother, who is currently ...
9. Bipasha Basu
Actress | Race
Fate intervened when Bipasha recoiled and passed out when dissecting a rat. Thus ended her dream of being a medical professional. She was enrolled in the science faculty until 12th standard, but switched to commerce thereafter. After acquiring a degree in commerce she planned to be a chartered ...
10. Lara Dutta
Actress | Don 2
It is not a secret that Lara Dutta is a beauty with brains. This was demonstrated when she scored the highest possible marks in the history of the Miss Universe Contest. After this she was crowned Miss Universe 2000, making history as not only the most beautiful but also the most intelligent young ...
11. Esha Deol
Actress | Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe
Fluent in English, Hindi and Tamil, Scorpion Esha was born on November 2, 1982 to Hema 'Dreamgirl' Malini, and Dharmendra 'He-Man' Deol. She has a younger sister, Ahana, and two step-brothers, Sunny and Bobby, both well-known Bollywood super-stars in their own rights. Bobby is married to Tanya ...
17. Mahima Chaudhry
Actress | Pardes
First got noticed as a model for Pepsi, where she was over-shadowed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Career launched by Subhash Ghai, who also launched Madhuri Dixit, 'Meenakshi Seshadri' and Manisha Koirala. Changed her screen name to Mahima as Subhash Ghai was superstitious about being successful with ...
Actress | Phir Milenge
Among very few actresses, Shilpa Shetty was nominated for her first film Baazigar (1993). The following year she delivered another blockbuster hit Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) where she starred with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However, the proceeding years her movies failed to succeed at the ...
Actress | Ostitto
Nusrat Imrose Tisha (known anonymously as Tisha) is a National Award-winning Bangladeshi actress and model. She is one of the most popular faces on television. Her films Doob: No Bed of Roses, Television, Third Person Singular Number gained critical acclaim worldwide Tisha started her acting career...
22. Deepika Padukone
Actress | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha.
She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising...
24. Amrita Arora
Actress | Raakh: A Poem Masked in Blood
5' 4 1/2" tall, Bombay girl, Maliaka Arora's sister, Amrita Arora was born on January 31st, 1981. She started her career as a model and then appeared in music videos. She was featured in ads for Ponds, Elle 18, After Smoke, and Sunsilk fruitiness. She is now most famous for hosting MTV House full ...
25. Malaika Arora
Actress | Dabangg
Born to a Punjabi father and Malayali Catholic mother, Malaika Arora started as a MTV VJ when MTV was launched in India. Recognizing her potential, MTV India gave her prime time roles in their shows "Love Line" and "Style Check". She also hosted award ceremonies and concerts on the television ...
26. Priyanka Chopra
Actress | Baywatch
Priyanka Chopra Jonas (née Chopra) was born on July 18, 1982 in Jamshedpur, India, to the family of Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, both Indian Army physicians. She had a very varied upbringing. She started her education at La Martinière Girls College in Lucknow as a resident student; ...
Actress | Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kajol was born on August 5, 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Kajol Mukherjee. She is an actress, known for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), My Name Is Khan (2010) and Fanaa (2006). She has been married to Ajay Devgn since February 24, 1999. They have two children.
28. Dia Mirza
Actress | Sanju
Dia Mirza was born on 9th December in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Born to a Bengali mother, Deepa, and a German father, Frank Handrich, she grew up imbibing the value of different world views.
Having studied at J Krishnamurti School, where students get educated not by rote, but by resolute guidance ...
29. Rani Mukerji
Actress | Black
Mukerji comes from a film-oriented family of Bengali origin. Her father, Ram Mukherjee, is a retired director and one of the founders of "Filmalaya Studios". Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, was a playback singer. Her brother, Raj Mukherjee is a film producer, now turned director. Her maternal aunt, ...
30. Ameesha Patel
Actress | Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Grand-daughter of Indian freedom fighter, lawyer and former Justice Rajni Patel, Amisha, a Gemini, was born in Bombay's Breach Candy Hospital. Her younger brother Ashmit Patel is also a Bollywood film actor and her name is a blend of the first three letters of her father's name Amit and the last ...
31. Preity Zinta
Actress | Veer-Zaara
Preity Zinta shot to fame as the refreshing, cool, wet model in the Liril commercial. She also modeled for Perk and her dimpled smile won the hearts of millions. Preity never thought she would be an actress. Kapoor saw her in the Liril commercial and liked her so much that he instantly decided that...
32. Ileana D'Cruz
Actress | Barfi!
She made her debut in the Telugu film Devadasu, which became the year's first major commercial success. She debuted in Tamil with "Kedi".
Telugu movie "Pokiri", which was one of the highest money grosser, set her in top slot actresses. She appeared in many commercially successful movies like Jalsa, ...
33. Yami Gautam
Actress | Kaabil
She received IIFA - Star Debut of the Year Award and Zee Cine - Best Female Debut Award for Vicky Donor. She has acted in Total Siyappa and Action Jackson in 2014 and, Badlapur in 2015 against Varun Dhawan. All these movies performed well at the box office. She has also acted in Telugu Movie ...
34. Shraddha Kapoor
Actress | Aashiqui 2
Shraddha Kapoor is an Indian film actress. Prior to making her cinematic debut, she took up theatre studies at Boston University, but dropped out after her first year to begin her acting career. She made her screen debut in the 2010 drama fictional Teen Patti for which she earned a nomination for ...
35. Hrishitaa Bhatt
Actress | Asoka
Hrishita Bhatt was born into a Bengali-speaking family on May 10, 1981, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She used to take dance lessons as a child, was athletic and believed in keeping fit from her school days.
She wanted to be a pilot, but after completing her education at Trinity College, London; ...
37. Urvashi Rautela
Actress | Great Grand Masti
Urvashi Rautela was born and raised in Haridwar, a small town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. She is an established Bollywood actor, model and beauty pageant enthusiast having won several crowns and accolades for herself including participating in the 2015 Miss Universe contest. She shot to ...
Actress | Porobashinee
Mehjabin Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi well-known actresses and model, who comes to the showbiz arena with the joining beauty pageant Lux Channel I Superstar. She is a successful TV commercial actress and model in Bangladesh. She comes to the limelight when she appeared in 'Banglalink Desh' TV ...
39. Sonakshi Sinha
Actress | Dabangg
She is the daughter of legendary Indian actor Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha and sister to Luv Sinha and Kussh Sinha. She started her career as a model and walked the ramp in the Lakme Fashion week in 2008. She got her break in movies after being signed up by Salman Khan for his thriller Dabangg...
40. Parineeti Chopra
Actress | Hasee Toh Phasee
Parineeti Chopra is an Indian actress and singer who appears in Hindi films, was born on in Ambala, Haryana into a Punjabi family. Her father, Pawan Chopra, is a businessman and supplier to the Indian Army at Ambala Cantonment and her mother is Reena Chopra. Chopra studied at the Convent of Jesus ...
41. Anushka Sharma
Actress | Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Anushka Sharma was born on 1 May 1988 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Her father, Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma, is an army officer, and her mother, Ashima Sharma, is a homemaker. Her father is a native of Uttar Pradesh, while her mother is a Garhwali. Her elder brother is film producer Karnesh Sharma, who ...
42. Katrina Kaif
Actress | Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Katrina Kaif is one of eight siblings, 7 girls and 1 boy, from a mother who is a Caucasian of British Nationality, and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has since acquired British citizenship. Her mother is now re-settled in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the Capital of ...
43. Madhuri Dixit
Actress | Devdas
Madhuri Dixit is one of the most acclaimed actors and Kathak dancers Bollywood have ever witnessed. Born in a Marathi Brahmin Koknastha family to Mr. Shankar and Mrs. Snehlata, Madhuri Dixit has two sisters Rupa, Bharti, and brother Ajit. She performed decently well in her academics and aspired to ...
44. Taapsee Pannu
Actress | Pink
Taapsee Pannu was born on August 1, 1987 in Delhi, India. She made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. Since then, she has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films such as Aadukalam, Vastadu Naa Raju and Mr. Perfect. Her Tamil film ...
Actress | Aladin
Jacqueline's father Elroy Fernansez is a Sri Lankan and mother Kim is a Malaysian. She has two brothers and an older sister. Her parents moved to Bahrain when she was very young.
After her schooling in Bahrain, she was awarded a Scholarship to study at the University of Sydney, where she pursued a ...
47. Zareen Khan
Actress | Housefull 2
Khan was born to a Muslim Pathan family in Mumbai. Khan was forced to abandon her education while in college and begin working due to the financial troubles of her family. With no marketable skills to rely on, she tried her hand at modeling. Khan did quite a few small assignments that fetched her ...
48. Sana Khaan
Actress | Gaganam
Sana Khan was born on August 21st 1987 in a Muslim, Pashtun background in the city of Mumbai, India. At a young age, she took up modelling and as a result decided not to pursue further education post her 12th grade. Landing her first film, Yehi Hai High Society (2005), a low budget B-movie, opened ...
49. Sherlyn Chopra
Actress | Maya: by Sherlyn Chopra
Sherlyn Chopra is a Bollywood actress who became the first Indian to have graced the iconic Playboy magazine. Sherlyn Chopra loves to express the mellifluous aspect of her personality through music albums and singles. Her last single was titled, Bad Girl which was Sherlyn's take on moral policing. ...
Actress | Dahan
Rituparna Sengupta was born on November 7, 1971 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She is an actress and producer, known for Dahan (1998), Kaali Topi Lal Rumaal (2000) and Teenkahon (2014). She has been married to Sanjay Chakrabarty since December 13, 1999. They have two children.
59. Shama Sikander
Actress | Mann
Shama Sikander was born on August 4th, 1981 in Makrana, Rajasthan. Her birth name is Shama Gesawat. Her father is Sikander Ali Gesawat, and mother is Gulshan Sikander Ali Gesawat. Shama has two brothers, Rizwan and Khalid, and one sister named Salma. In 1991, she came to Mumbai to try her luck in ...
62. Deepshika Nagpal
Actress | Yeh Dooriyan
Deepshika Nagpal was born on January 27, 1977 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Deepshikha Nagpal. She is an actress and writer, known for Yeh Dooriyan (2011), Shaktimaan (1997) and Red Swastik (2007). She was previously married to Kaishav Arora and Jeet Upendra.
63. Twinkle Khanna
Actress | Barsaat
Very few people have the privilege of being born on the same day as their mom or dad, Tina is one of them. She was born on 29 December 1974, and shares her date of birth with her dad, Jatin alias super-star Rajesh Khanna, born in 1942. Tina is the daughter of well-known Bollywood actress, Dimple ...
64. Raveena Tandon
Actress | Aks
Daughter of Bombay film industry (Bollywood) director Ravi Tandon. Raveena dropped out of Bombay's Meethibai College to pursue a career as a model with middling success. She made her movie debut with the flop _Pathar Ke Phool (1991)_. Her next few films were also failures and it was only with ...
65. Sushmita Sen
Actress | Main Hoon Na
Sushmita was born in the Bengali-speaking Sen family on November 19, 1975 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Her family consists of her dad, Shubeer, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander; mom, Subhra, Jewelry Designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. She has two siblings, a sister named ...
66. Amrita Rao
Actress | Main Hoon Na
Amrita was born in the Rao family on June 7, 1986 in Mumbai, She speaks Konkani. She comes from a well to do Hindu family. Her dad owns an Advertising Agency.
Amrita did not want to purse any career with Bollywood as she wanted to graduate in psychology, which she eventually did.
No stranger to ...
67. Shenaz Treasury
Actress | The Big Sick
Shenaz Treasurywala was born on June 29, 1981 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She is the daughter of a Merchant Navy captain and spent the first seven years of her life traveling the globe on board cargo ships carrying potatoes, onions and rice. After completing her school she enrolled in St. ...
68. Minissha Lamba
Actress | Well Done Abba!
Minisha Lamba was born in the New Delhi-based Punjabi speaking Sikh family consisting of her dad Kewal, mom Manju, and brother Karan. She had not really decided to act in films, her goal was to become a Journalist, but she loved modeling and was fortunate enough to be selected to model for Cadbury....
69. Tara Sharma
Actress | Khosla Ka Ghosla!
Tara Sharma was born on January 11, 1977 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006), The Other End of the Line (2008) and Mr Prime Minister (2005). She has been married to Roopak Saluja since November 27, 2007. They have two children.
70. Neha Dhupia
Actress | Tumhari Sulu
Neha was born in the Punjabi-speaking Dhupia family in Cochin, India, on August 27, 1980, and as is customary with most Punjabi and Sikh families - she was nicknamed 'Chotu'. Her dad is an Officer in the Indian Navy, Pradip Singh Dhupia; her mom, Manpinder, is a homemaker, and she has a brother, ...
72. Masumeh Makhija
Actress | Maqbool
Masumeh Makhija, also known as Masumi Makhija, is an award winning Bollywood actress, born in 1984. She started her career as a child artist, with a number of commercials and t.v. series. The actress who caught the eye with her talent in debut film Chupke Se and the critically acclaimed Maqbool. ...
73. Shamita Shetty
Actress | Mohabbatein
Shamita made her film debut in 2000 with the Yash Raj Films blockbuster Mohabbatein, which was directed by Aditya Chopra. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the 2001 IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year - Female. Soon after she gave the best dance numbers to Bollywood , including "Sharara ...
74. Preeti Jhangiani
Actress | Mohabbatein
Preeti was born in the Sindhi-speaking Jhangiani family on August 18, 1980 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. She used to study in St. Xavier's College, in Ahmedabad. She is fluent in Sindhi, Hindi, English and also has some knowledge of Malyalam and Telugu.
Preeti first made her appearance in a music ...
Actress | Jodhaa Akbar
Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a...
76. Ayesha Takia
Actress | Taarzan: The Wonder Car
Ayesha Takia was born in Mumbai on April 10th 1986. Her father's name is Nishit, a Gujarati and her mother's name is Faridah, who is half Maharashtrian and half Caucasian British.
Ayesha had never let her lack of speaking Hindi fluently come in her way. A go-getter, she is no stranger to the silver ...
77. Isha Koppikar
Actress | Don
Coming from a Konkani-speaking Mangalorean family of learned academicians, Isha has herself completed a course in Life Sciences from Ruia College, and was born on September 19, 1976 in Bombay, India. She has a younger brother.
After completing her college course, she contested the 1995 Miss India ...
79. Alia Bhatt
Actress | Highway
Alia Bhatt (born 15 March 1993) is an actress and singer of Indian origin and British citizenship, who works in Hindi films. The recipient of several accolades, including three Filmfare Awards, Bhatt is one of the highest-paid actresses in India. She has appeared in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 ...
80. Asin Thottumkal
Actress | Ghajini
Asin was born in Cochin, Kerala, India in the Malayalam-speaking Thottumkal family which consists of her businessman dad, Joseph, and mom, Dr. Seline, who practices in Ernakulam. She attended Naval Public School in Cochin, and after obtaining her Matriculation, was enrolled in St. Theresa's Higher ...
81. Kajal Aggarwal
Actress | Thuppakki
Kajal made her acting debut in the 2004 Hindi film Kyun... Ho Gaya Na!, as a minor supporting role as the friend of lead actress Aishwarya Rai. Telugu film Chandamama became her first major successful film. In 2009 "Magadheera" which was the biggest blockbuster of all time in Telugu cinema, she ...
82. Amala Paul
Actress | Aadai
Amala Paul is an Indian film actress, who works primarily in the Tamil film industry. After appearing in supporting roles in a few low budget ventures, she was acclaimed for the portrayal of a controversial character in the film, Sindhu Samaveli. Despite the failure of that film, Amala became noted...
83. Anushka Shetty
Actress | Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Anushka Shetty is an Indian Film Actress. She was also a Yoga Instructor and has trained under yoga guru Bharat Thakur.
This tall and gorgeous beauty debuted in the 2005 Telugu film Super starring Nagarjuna which was super hit at box office. Later her performance in Vikramarkudu make her noticeable....
84. Tamannaah Bhatia
Actress | Bahubali: The Beginning
Tamanna Bhatia is an Indian film actress born in Mumbai, India. She made her acting debut in 2005 with Hindi film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (2005).
Also in 2005, she made her Telugu debut with movie Sree (2005). In 2006, she appeared in her first Tamil film, Kedi (2006). In 2007, she starred in two ...
88. Udita Goswami
Actress | Kisse Pyaar Karoon?
Udita was was born in Dehradun to a father from Varanasi and a mother from Shillong. She studied in Maa Anandmayi Memorial and D.A.V. Public schools until the 8th standard.
Always wanting to be part of showbiz, she was not quite happy with her life in Dehradun. When she proposed to re-locate to ...
90. Sonal Sehgal
Actress | Aashayein
Sonal Sehgal was born in Chandigarh, Punjab. She started her career with a pivotal role in celebrated playwright Mahesh Dattani s play 'Mad about money'. Sonal moved to acting on the big screen after playing the lead character in the hit tv series 'Hotel Kingston". Sonal is best known for her work ...
94. Mahie Gill
Actress | Dev.D
Mahie Gill was born in Chandigarh, Punjab. She has completed her Masters in theater from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1998. Mahi got her first break with the Punjabi based Bollywood film Hawayein and has done a couple of Punjabi films along with theatre. Anurag saw her first in a party and ...
95. Chitrangda Singh
Actress | Yeh Saali Zindagi
"You have outdone Smita Patil," said Shekhar Kapur, when he saw Chitrangda Singh's performance in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003). And he is not the only one. Time and again Chitrangda has been compared to the legendary Smita Patil.
Chitrangda began her career as a model prior to ...
96. Soha Ali Khan
Actress | Rang De Basanti
Soha, born in New Delhi, is the daughter of Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, who is also the Chair of the Indian Censor Board, and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. She is also the sister of Bollywood actor, Saif Ali Khan, and former sister-in-law of Bollywood actress, Amrita Singh. She has a ...
97. Aditi Rao Hydari
Actress | Rockstar
Aditi Rao Hydari was born in 1986 in Hyderabad, from two royal lineages, that of Sir Akbar Hydari and J. Rameshwar Rao the erstwhile Raja of Wanaparthy.
A classical Bharatanatyam dancer, she made her acting debut with Sharada Ramanathan's acclaimed film Sringaram and rose to fame after her ...
98. Kangana Ranaut
Actress | Queen
Kangana was born on 20 March 1987 in Bhambla, near Manali, which is in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Her dad's name is Amardeep, who is a businessman and contractor, her mom, Asha, is a school-teacher. She has two sisters, eldest one is Rangoli, and she has a brother, Akshit, who is about...
99. Tanushree Dutta
Actress | Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets
Born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, Tanushree comes from a conservative Hindu Bengali family, and had her personality groomed according to strict social norms, resulting in her being shy and very introverted. Her father Tapan was an employee of the Life Insurance Corporation of India. Her mother is a ...
100. Shruti Haasan
Actress | 7 Aum Arivu
Shruti Kamal Haasan is an India Film actress and singer and the daughter of legendary actor Kamal Haasan and Sarika. She has studied at Abacus in Chennai, until 10th grade, when she moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St Andrew's College.
She debuted as a child artist in "Hey Ram" in the role of ...