In the Bollywood industry, wearing a two-piece or swimsuit is considered a big deal by some, even today, let alone in the late 70s and 80s. The conservative Indian audiences preferred actresses to be clad in sarees and jewellery, but there were many instances in the 80s and 90s when Indian actresses donned a bikini and completely rocked it. Times have changed, and so has the attitude of Indians and Indian society towards actresses wearing bikinis.
These evergreen actresses wore a bikini and nailed their look!
1. Mohana Cabral
Born into a Christian family in Goa, Mohana was a well-known Konkani theatre artist and singer in Goa and Mumbai during the late 40s and early 50s. She acted in various Hindi movies of the same era and even lent her voice to a couple of songs.
2. Neena Gupta
Neena is a popular actress and television director known for her work in both art-house and commercial films. She is widely recognized as one of the boldest and most independent women in the film industry.
3. Neetu Singh
Neetu Singh Kapoor is an actress who gained recognition for her roles in Hindi films during the late 60s to 80s. During her time, she was considered one of the most voluptuous women in the industry.
4. Hema Malini
This Indian personality is an actress, director, producer, writer, dancer, and politician. She continues to be known as the “dream girl” of the Bollywood industry and has retained her charm over the years.
5. Zeenat Aman
In the 70s, Zeenat became a Bollywood diva and gained fame for her bold characters. She was one of the first actresses to be regarded as a s#x symbol due to her daring roles in films.
Tanuja Samarth, also known as Tanuja, followed in her mother’s footsteps, and why not? After all, her mother Sobhana Samarth was the first woman to wear a bikini in Indian cinema.
7. Sonu Walia
Sonu, a Bollywood actress, possesses all the necessary qualities to look stunning in a bikini – she is tall, confident, and s#xy. It’s no surprise, given that she is a former winner of the Miss India pageant and a model.
Rekha, who was previously known by her birth name Bhanurekha Ganesan, wasn’t much of a poser back in the day. However, she had a captivating appearance that made audiences fall in love with her.
In the past, wearing a swimsuit was considered to be equivalent to wearing a bikini in the film industry. However, Nutan was one of the first mainstream actresses to wear a swimsuit, even though it came as a shock to conservative audiences. The introduction of two-piece swimsuits came later.
10. Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi’s appearance in a bikini during the movie Yeh Nazdeekiyan made every man wish to draw closer to her. The scene where she emerges from the sea and runs on the beach has become an iconic symbol of a bold and daring woman.