Aishwarya Rai (Dhoom 2)
Considered as the most beautiful woman on Earth, Aishwarya Rai has often impressed us in her graceful looks in several movies.
While she had a good fan following across the globe, many of us considered as a plastic beauty meaning beautiful actress with no expression.
However, she stunned the world with Dhoom 2, where she not only displays her acting talent but also brings out her glamorous avatar donning a bikini look with many different bold numbers in the film.
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Jacqueline Fernandez (Housefull 3 and Dishoom)
Jacqueline Fernandez took her time to set foot in Bollywood. While she started off as a bold actress in Murder 2, she grabbed some big banner films to get out of the stereotype of being just the glamor quotient in films.
While she has been working with big stars showing her acting prowess, she hasn’t shied away from bringing her glamor avatar out with films like Housefull 3 and Dishoom with many bikini scenes.
Ileana D’Cruz (Main Tera Hero and Happy Ending)
Ileana D’Cruz has already achieved her share of fame as one of the most sought-after actresses in South Film industry.
With the excellent Hindi speaking skills, exotic looks, and good experience in acting, the only thing that was standing between her and the Bollywood career was a simple call. Ultimately she made her debut with Barfi! and then there was no turning back.
Yet, she wasn’t considered a diva because of her next door girl look in the movies. However, all of it changed with her glamorous avatar and bikini look in Main Tera Hero and Happy Ending.
Nargis Fakhri (Main Tera Hero)
While she hasn’t got the deserving fame and success in Bollywood because of her lack of Hindi speaking skills, Nargis Fakhri has managed to grab some attention and a decent fan following, including me, during her years in Bollywood.
While she rocked us with her performance in Rockstar and Madras Cafe, she also brought out her glamorous look with films like Main Tera Hero, Azhar, and Housefull 3 as well as through some hit item numbers in big budget films. She also sports a bikini look in one of her most entertaining films Main Tera Hero.
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Deepika Padukone (Cocktail and Race 2)
Deepika Padukone has always charmed her fans every time in her simplest form and cutest avatars.
While she impressed us with next door girl look in films like Piku and Chennai Express, she also got her audience awestruck with some boldest personas in Cocktail and Race 2.
Parveen Babi (Yeh Nazdeekiyan)
If Zeenat Aman was the baton holder, it was Parveen Babi, who showed the courage to break the stereotype for Bollywood actresses.
She changed the outlook of the mainstream Bollywood actress from a saree clad, soft-spoken girl to a bold avatar, in which she may also have a couple of casual drinks or light a cigarette and still be a positive character in the film. However, her boldest act came out to be in the 1982 film Yeh Nazdeekiyan when she runs out of the sea wearing a bikini.
That I believe was the new era in Bollywood when glamor took over and actresses weren’t just the opposite lead anymore but became an important factor in the industry.
Dimple Kapadia (Saagar and Jaanbaaz)
While Parveen Babi and Zeenat Aman took their time to bring out their glamorous avatars, there’s Dimple Kapadia, who didn’t take much time and donned a bikini in her debut film, Bobby. However, Dimple Kapadia’s best was yet to come as she took a long break in Bollywood post marriage.
Her return was as glamorous as her debut film and she redefined glamor in Bollywood with bold yet graceful looks in the film Saagar and Jaanbaaz. She has donned a bikini in both these films and sizzled in her comeback in the industry even after a decade.
Zeenat Aman (Qurbani)
Not just the modern day Bollywood divas, yesteryear actresses have also impressed the audience with their bold acts when it was considered a taboo for Bollywood Heroines to even carry a glamorous look, let alone the bikini look.
Zeenat Aman, who was always one of the glamorous actresses in Bollywood in the 80s, shut everybody’s mouth when she is seen running along the beach in a bikini in the film Qurbani. Never did I saw such a graceful and magnificent view of beauty and nature walking close by.