My first TGIF post was equally male and female, but since then I’ve just been taking the easy way out and doing men only. No more! Women! At least for one week.
Since this might be my only all female post, I am going to do a historical overview for us all.
First, Sulochana! In reality, Ruby Myers. One of the Jewish actresses of Indian film. She changed her name and became an “exotic” beauty back in the thirties.
Speaking of “exotic” beauties, Fearless Nadia Wadia! My personal favorite. Someday I will be able to dress like her for Halloween (sari, whip, my hair down) without people thinking I am being culturally appropriative. Nadia was a blonde blue-eyed daughter of a British army officer he grew up in India, learned stunt-riding from her father’s fellow officers, and went on to be a circus performer discovered by two up and coming film producers, the Wadia brothers, one of whom ended up falling in love with her.
Now we have reached the 40s-50s era. And I was thinking of the great actresses, Nutan and Nargis and Meena Kumari. But no! We aren’t talking about great actresses, we are talking about beauty. And therefore, Madhubala!
And again, Madhubala!
And one more! She is just so stunningly photogenic.
That gets us to the 60s, and I know I just posted this photo recently for her birthday, but really, Sharmila!
That same era is when Rekha was introduced, but she didn’t really hit her stride until a few years later, in the 70s.
Of course, for dancing and pizazz, you had to compete with Hema Malini.
And then the 80s brought on a new rival, Sridevi! Coming up from the south to dominate all with what were nicknamed her “thunderthighs”
Okay, that is a really nice photo, but it doesn’t show off the feature that made her famous. Like these photos!
The tail end of the 80s saw the arrival of a young actress who is still beloved today, Madhuri!
Okay, one more! That sort of shows off your dance moves.
In the 90s, there was a whole new flock of actresses coming up. Karisma, Raveena, Kajol, Divya Bharti, Aishwarya, and Rani at the tail end of the decade. History has yet to decide which of them is the most significant to the industry, so I am going with Kajol! Because I love her, and also because this photo is AMAZING! Yes, that is Rekha.
For the 2000s, however, there is no contest. Our current leading sexy actress is clearly Katrina Kaif.