TGIF: The Eyes Have It! Best Eyes in Indian Film in 5 Categories

Suggestion courtesy of Meenakshy, I’m gonna do best eyes in Indian film.  In multiple categories, because you can’t really compare, like, Madhuri versus young Salman.

Best Angry Pop Eyes

Ashutosh Rana

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Amrish Puri

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Best Dancer Eyes


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Hema Malini

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Best Puppy Eyes


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Salman (gifable!)

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Aamir Khan

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Varun Dhawan

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Madhavan (gifable!)

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Dog Hazel



Best Fragile Kitten Eyes


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Juhi Chawla

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Dimple Kapadia

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Anushka Sharma

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This Kitten

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Best All Around Eyes

Young Salman

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Young Amitabh

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Rani Mukherjee

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Okay, my choices!

Best pop-eyes

Gotta go with Amrish Puri

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Best Dancer Eyes

Vyjantimala masters the terrifying can’t look away control

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Best Puppy Eyes

It was a tough fight, but I have to give it to Madhavan over Dog Hazel

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Best Kitten Eyes

Dimple.  That little kitten tried, but she couldn’t come close to Dimple’s innocence

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Best All Around

Gotta go with a classic, Amitabh

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44 thoughts on “TGIF: The Eyes Have It! Best Eyes in Indian Film in 5 Categories

  1. Amrish Puri: That was no contest!
    Madhuri: Her eyes are amazingly expressive, that’s half her appeal
    Salman & Madhavan: Can’t choose between them but Dog Hazel gave them a run for their money!
    Dimple: She went from kitten to tiger pretty quickly, tho
    Sridevi: The absolute best eyes in Indian film. She looks like a Keane painting only non-creepy.

    I notice Aish, Karisma and Priyanka are conspicuously absent…And hey, what about Raj Kapoor? You need a blue eyes category!


    • Yes! And Fawad Khan, come to think of it. Maybe I should do a special Pakistani section.

      On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:45 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. In the past, eyes were an all important tool that the actors all over India would use to convey the emotions. It’s not so much about the color of the eyes as the expressiveness & liveliness they bring to the proceedings. Some non-Bollywood suggestions who use their eyes wonderfully to emote.
    Kamal Hassan


    Fahadh. His intro scene in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum shows only his eyes peeking from behind which is a lovely capture.


    I am adding a better eye pic of Surya:


    Nithya Menen

    Kavya Madhavan

    And finally how can you ever exclude this?especially when Varun Dhawan, Alia, Anushka Sharma, Hema Malini etc who have no distinctive eyes to speak of , are included.


    • Am I right that classical Indian dance/drama includes specific eye movements? I wonder if that is why so many Indian actors seem to use their eyes as part of their body language, not just to emote, but to communicate (if that difference makes sense)?

      It works wonderfully on film, there was a big deal when Griffith invented the close up in the West because none of the strange trained actors knew how to emote with just their face instead of their whole body. But all of these Indian dance trained people can tell a whole story just with their eyes.

      (Also, how dare you sneak in a photo of Aish???? After I have so carefully excluded her from all my TGIF’s of all time! For no particular reason, I just feel like there are too many photos of her in the world)


      • Imagine Aradhya reading this & thinking ‘now why didn’t Margret include my mom,why, why wd she do that when mom has such pretty eyes, does she hate my mom?’ & then looking at you with her big adorable eyes(Aradhya has pretty eyes too). Do u want to be answering uncomfortably to an 8 year old ? Now at least you can redirect her to the comments section.
        Eyes are supposedly as important, if not more than the mudras & steps in the classical Indian dance forms. But even in real life, when you try to gauge someone, don’t we look at their eyes assuming eyes are the windows to the soul & all & see the pain/evil/mischief/love in their eyes? So I would think a good performer should be able to reflect what the character is going through via the eyes primarily & then through the rest of the bodily aspects of it.


        • Aaradhya should never read my blog! AARADHYA!!!! If you are reading this, STOP!!!!! Give Grandpa his computer back and go play outside!

          On Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 11:42 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • If you have mentioned acting with eyes and not named Mahanati Savitri anywhere in this post, it’s a crime! Savitri has the best eyes compared to many of the above.

        Thanks Meenakshy for mentioning Kamal 🙂


  3. Best angry eyes: Amrish Puri is famous for his angry eyes, but I find them creepy so I will vote for Ashutosh Rana (handsome man, beautiful angry eyes)
    Dancer eyes: Shobana
    Puppy eyes: surprise – Hazel!
    Kitty eyes: the real kitty
    And the best best eyes: Sridevi, without doubt, so beautiful and expressive
    Talking about eyes:

    Tovino’s eyes are gorgeous

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    • That link is awesome!

      And thank goodness Dog Hazel finally gets some love. She’s been sitting there on The Internet wondering why everyone hates her and likes these two legged people better.

      I am less worried about Shobhana and Ashutosh Rana’s feelings, but I am sure it is nice for them to get a few votes too.

      On Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 9:54 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. Amrish Puri


    Ranbir (and Hazel)


    Best All Around: iconic Sridevi, but I need to check out this Suriya dude!

    And my personal favs are Rani (her eyes are objectively more beautiful than Aishwarya’s and I will die on that hill!) and of course Hrithik’s…even though he’s bores me now, his eyes will always have it. That opening scene in K3G with the cricket scene is the best (even with the unibrow) because KJo knows his eyes are his (second?) most identifiable feature


    • Suriya is awesome! I’ve only seen him in 3 movies, but they were all really good.

      None of them straight rom-coms, which I think of as “your” genre. But then,t hat’s horribly reductive, isn’t it? We can all contain multitudes. If you feel like a light fun adventure/sci-fi film with ridiculously happy ending, you can check him out in 24. And for a very angsty Devdas-like romance with great music, try to track down Vaaranam Aayiram.

      On Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Kakka Kakka, of which Force was a remake of-is the movie to watch for Surya. Also Pithamagan, which has Vikram also in an award winning role. The movie itself is a bit disturbing, dark but the performances are superlative. Oh and you must be knowing that Suriya is the original Ghajini & Singham.


        • Any rom coms? Or straight romances? Thats filmilibrarians specialty. Suriya is so handsome, surely someone made him a romantic hero at least once.


          • I think the top Tamil heroes don’t go for straight up rom-coms. Most of his movies have good romance tracks like Ghajini, VA, Kakka, Ayan etc but cannot be categorised as romances. There’s Sillunnu Oru Kadhal where he plays a lovable hubby & focuses solely on the romance with his wife & college sweetheart. It is a bit too cheesy for my liking but pleasant enough.


          • Suriya as lovable hubby – I don’t need more, just started watching. Beautiful way to celebrate Suriya’s birthday 🙂


          • Thanks for the recs, ladies! I will try to seek him out. I do love Vikram, too:) And he’s never done a true rom-com…just masala action/romances like Arul and Maaja.

            I do love rom-coms and I’m always looking out for good ones (but they only represent 1/4 of my Indian DVD collection…though a much larger percentage do have some romantic element to them…this is Indian film after all!) Watched The Beguiled today (not impressed) and now watching Raazi…


          • Most of the frontline Tamil/Telugu actors have a specific persona to live up to & their audiences are spread out. So they try to include something of everything in their movies-bit of romance, bit of drama, bit of comedy & mostly action. So it befalls the second/third line actors to partake in full length romances.It would be great to see actors like Suriya or Vikram do a full length romance but that’s just not going to happen.Suriya at least has Vaaranam Aayiram & Sillunnu Oru Kadhal. Were you able to watch any of the Telugu/Tamil movies that I had suggested earlier?


  5. There is a gaping hole in this list where Fawad Khan belongs. He brings his sexy-in-love eye game full bore in Humsafar. Maybe he’s not Indian but he’s been in Indian film, so that should be what qualifies him.

    I’m the opposite of a Salman Khan fan, but even I would readily admit that young Bhai’s eyes are Perfection. God didn’t break the mold with this one… She *used* the original mold in making his eyes. Even middle aged Bhai eyes aren’t bad.

    Rani’s eyes take really well to the colour, contour, and definition provided by makeup. That’s not meant to be a diss. She looks so gorgeous in eye makeup, and eye makeup looks so great on her, that photos of her inspire me to pull out my smokey eye kit and do my best work. She could easily model for a cosmetic brand and inspire people to purchase.

    Shashi kapoor eyes are also very soulful.
    Kareena kapoor also has large beautiful eyes.

    That Madhavan gif wins the internet. Whoever taught Maddy to be so sexy should teach those skills to the rest of mankind so that us ladies can each have our share.

    Salman wins most beautiful eyes, but Sridevi wins most expressive eyes. She (and Lucille Ball, the other actor with huge expressive eyes) could have an entire film just pictured on their eyes, and we would completely understand the movie.

    PCs eyes are big and brown, but not colored. Though she does wear colored contacts as a fashion accessory. It’s not uncommon among Delhiites to do so. Sucks for me because everyone thinks I’m wearing colored contacts nowadays.

    Aishwarya has stunning eyes – both the colour and the shape. But they lack soul and expression. It’s not uncommon for ppl to think that people with colored eyes are cold and nonemotive, and ppl with brown eyes are warm and expressive. Somehow, brown eyes look like they are gazing at you, and colored eyes look like they are taking your gaze.


    • Omg I almost forgot…


      Has the best eyes I have ever seen. Beautiful and soulful like Salman, big and expressive like Sridevi.


      • Speaking of Rekha and Dancer Eyes, they were also super useful in helping her fake dancing. I don’t think she ever had any real training, but she was able to master the eye work in such a way that she convinced us she could dance.

        On Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 11:24 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • The thing about Fawad is, while coming close, he isn’t quite a “Puppy eyes” guy. More of a “full grown powerful intelligent working dog who is considering allowing you to be his master” kind of eyes. Although, if I did that category, I could also bring in Dharmendra and Amit Sadh and Adult Madhavan.

      Salman was sooooooooooooo handsome when he was young. He’s not un-handsome now, but it’s not breathtaking any more. The eyes, the lips, the fringe of hair, the slim body, he was just stunning.

      Yes! I know exactly what you mean about Rani!!!!! And it makes her a great actress too, or at least is one of the tools in her tool box. The transformation from sexy western Rani to sweet innocent girl Rani is as simple as changing her eye make-up.

      I can’t believe I forgot Shashi. Best eyelashes in Indian film, male or female. You know how love song lyrics talk about getting lost in someone’s thick tresses? That’s how I feel about Shashi’s eyelashes, I could get lost in them.

      And now I am thinking about my blue eyes and wondering if they feel like they are taking your gaze. The only blue eyed super power I knew about before was that you are supposed to be able to hold your alcohol much better. Something about European ancestry and generations of alcohol tolerance built in.

      On Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 11:12 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • The super power of colored eyes is that they take in more light, so our night vision is better. But we squint during the day more quickly than our brown eyed brethren. And that’s regardless of ancestry.


        • I’m going to go ahead and chalk up my ability to watch movies to eye color. Because good night vision means good vision in a dark movie theater, right? Yes, I will say this, all movie reviewers should have light colored eyes. That seems easy to enforce 🙂

          On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 9:28 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • I love Sharmilee!!!! Another blogger recommended it to me, I think Memsaabstory, so I can’t take credit for finding it. But I love it!

          On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 10:10 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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