India's Most Beautiful Women
Femina|September 2020
India's Most Beautiful Women
India's Most Beautiful Women

DEEPIKA PADUKONE

An incredulous combination of beauty and strength of character, she is athletic in built, slender in form and drop-dead gorgeous. Deepika Padukone, actor, activist, is possibly finding her way in the hall of legendary beauties wearing the same crown as the one flaunted by Madhubala, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Munroe in the past. Aquiline jaw, almond eyes and voluptuous lips are the canvas of her expression. She sure is the modern-day dream girl who also raises her voice for the right issues, proving that true beauty is indeed skin deep. Be it her emulation of Queen Padmavati, her feisty role in Bajirao Mastani, her girl next door look in Piku or her fresh act in Om Shanti Om, Deepika’s beauty shines through in each role.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS

The Quantico girl, Mrs Nick Jonas, the only Indian actor to reach global acclaim, Priyanka’s is a persona only a handful are blessed with in this world. Whether it is an Armani power suit, a Dior gown, an Elle Saab Dress or even an Hermes scarf carelessly flung across a deep neckline, Priyanka can carry any look with inimitable elan.

Both in Bollywood and in Hollywood, she has held forth her position of perfection through the sheer grit of her personality, the depth of her acting. A lotus eater and a global celebrity, Priyanka’s beauty is a matter of India’s pride.

AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN

India’s Ambassador at Cannes, the super star who stormed cinema’s dynamic persona with her drop-dead gorgeous looks, a Bachchan bahu and also a classic Konkan beauty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a persona fables are made of. One that got her to bear an international title, walk the head ramp and model for many ads before she made her way towards movies, acting in many meaningful roles.

Aishwarya’s blue eyes are bearers of a beauty worth a million dollars. Her’s is a face on which rest many, many brands. An actor who did immense justice to each role she played, today, as a protagonist of good cinema, a doting and devoted mother and a happy wife, she is a poem of perfection.

KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN

Unbelievably beautiful, her shining bright skin, pink cheeks, crimson lips and flowing tresses are what naturally beautiful fairies are blessed with. In her mother-in-law’s words, she looks as beautiful when she has tumbled out of bed. A prodigy of the Kapoor khandaan, a super star, an equally super mom to Taimur and now also the Begum of Pataudi, Kareena looks like a maharani, born with expressive eyes and a sense of chutzpah that lights up her world.

KATRINA KAIF

Possibly the most sultry siren in Indian cinema, she, half British, would also be voted as the most stylish, sensual and sorted actor of the current era. Katrina Kaif stormed on to the silver screen as the discovery of Kaizad Gustad. Debuting in his parallel movie, Boom, she bloomed through a row of hits, one after the other.

Her roles turned legendary for their sense of panache as did the looks she flaunted onscreen. Whether it was the haute pink bustier sari in Singh is King, the chic and sporty look in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara or the personality transition she seamlessly flaunted as the British-born desi girl in Namastey London, what shone through in all these roles was Katrina’s splendid looks. Last seen in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos, opposite her Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina is a stunner if there was any.

MADHURI DIXIT NENE

She immortalized dance as the dhak dhak girl, her smile lit up her perfectly, chiseled face as bright as the light from a million bulbs. Her spontaneous acting, deep voice and effervescent personality made Madhuri Dixit a super star instantly. Khal Nayak, Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Devdas, Dil To Pagal Hai, Gulabi Gang… the height of her fame and the depth of her performances has not been emulated till today. Nor has the poetic movements that her perfectly poised body is capable of. A row of hits, a controversy-free presence, a perseverance to work hard and an inborn ease with which she melted into each role got her fame at a young age. A need to create her own love nest, be a wife and mother prompted her to fly into near anonymity, to the US, Only to come back to regain her place in the heart of fame.

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