Being successful in Bollywood is known to be challenging and it is unfortunate that the industry often overlooks its best artists. Although captivating roles played by some actresses receive recognition, the real gems are often ignored.
Today, a list of talented actresses who are more than just Bollywood heroes has been compiled, and they deserve a greater presence on the big screen:
1. Kirti Kulhari
The audience has always been thrilled by Kirti Kulhari’s acting skills, and there is a desire to see her on a bigger screen. Kirti made her Bollywood debut in Khichdi: The Movie (2010) and has since starred in Rose, Blackmail, and Uri: Surgical Strike. She has also been highly acclaimed for her performance in the Amazon Prime Series “Four More Shots Please!”
2. Tillotama Shome
Hearts and awards have been won by Tillotama Shome for her talent, but she is not seen as often as desired in Hindi cinemas. Recently, she was awarded the best actress award for her film Raahgir at the South Asian Film Festival. She has made guest appearances in Monsoon Wedding, Chintu Ka Birthday, and the Hindi-English movie, “A Death in the Gunj”.
3. Kriti Sanon
Kriti Sanon’s ability to play all roles gracefully is well-known. Her dazzling look, especially in Mimi, Luka Chuppi, and Raabta, has been repeatedly discussed and made a hot topic.
4. Sanya Malhotra
We saw Dangal in 2016 and have been in love with this great actress ever since. Sanya has always exceeded our expectations with her roles in Ludo, Badhaai Ho, and more recently in Pagglait.
5. Radhika Madan
Radhika Madan has successfully transitioned from television to the big screen. She has come a long way since her 2014 daily soap opera Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi to her appearance in Angrezi Medium with Irrfan Khan. We want to see more of her in Bollywood!
6. Nimrat Kaur
Nimrat Kaur is highly underrated. After receiving critical acclaim for her role in Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox, we have been eager to see her in more Bollywood movies. Nimrat’s commendable performance in Airlift, directed by Raja Krishna Menon and alongside Akshay Kumar, is also noteworthy.
7. Sobhita Dhulipala
Sobhita Dhulipala proved her talent with her debut in Anurag Kashyap’s thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016) and went on to showcase her skills in the Telugu spy film Gudachari (2018) and the Amazon Video drama Made in Heaven (2019).
8. Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkana Sen Sharma’s good performances in movies like Lipstick under my burqa, Luck by chance and Wake Up Sid are well known, but she is not seen on the big screen very often. However, she recently surprised the public with her outstanding performance in Ajeeb Daastaans.
9. Rasika Duggal
Rasika Duggal has been associated with Mirzapur for a long time, but she reveals that she was initially approached for supporting roles only. Those who have seen her on screen know that she is a brilliant actress and deserves more opportunities!
She has appeared in popular shows like A Suitable Boy, Made in Heaven, and Delhi Crime.
10. Zoya Hussein
Zoya Hussain has once again captivated the public with her performance in Ankahi Kahaniya, following her earlier praised role in Mukkabaaz.
11. Shahana Gosvami
Shahana Goswami delivered an outstanding performance in Rock On, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Rubaroo, and Jashn. It was a significant milestone for her career, but audiences want to see her in more mainstream Bollywood films.
12. Amruta Subhash
Amruta Subhash has worked in the Marathi and Hindi industry, television, and theater. She acted alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Sacred Games 2 and gained recognition for her performance in Netflix’s Drowned: Paisa Bolta Hai. She also appeared in Gully Boy, and she deserves to be recognized in Bollywood with her first name.
13. Sayani Gupta
Sayani’s flawless performances in her roles are noteworthy. Although primarily recognized for her supporting roles in movies such as Fan (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017), and Article 15 (2019), her potential to dominate the industry has been evident since her appearance in Four More Shots Please!
14. Richa Chadha
Richa’s talent has been discovered by moviegoers after her performances in Gangs of Wasseypur and Fukrey. However, she still lacks a wide presence to be discovered by the general public.
15. Kubbra Sait
Kubra Sait defied many gender stereotypes with her unusual portrayal of Kuckoo in The Sacred Games. However, major productions like Gully Boy, Jawaani Jaaneman, and many others have mostly offered her supporting roles, as far as we know.
16. Kalki Koechlin
Kalki has undoubtedly set herself apart in the industry. Her unforgettable performances in Gully Boy, Shaitaan, Margarita with a Straw, and Netflix’s Sacred Games have left a lasting impression. It seems that we can never get enough of seeing her in diverse roles.