Despite having worked with all the Khans, Kajol remains to be one of the most countable female actresses. Acting runs in her blood and she has, time and again, proved that there’s no one like her. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is an iconic romance not because of Raj only but because of Raj and Simran’s togetherness. Kajol has few more powerful films to her credit including Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dushman, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Fanaa, My Name Is Khan and We Are Family.
7. Rani Mukerji
Kajol’s cousin, Rani is no less so far as her acting credentials are concerned. She has mostly left an impact on our minds with her convincing portrayals. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Saathiya, Hum Tum, Veer-Zaara, Black, Bunty Aur Babli, No One Killed Jessica and Mardaani are some of her best remembered works.
8. Madhuri Dixit
Late 80s and 90s were Madhuri’s eras. The fine actress did films that had her in strong roles and not just as the hero’s singing-dancing-and-romancing doll. Films like Dil, 100 Days, Saajan, Beta, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Dil To Pagal Hai, Devdas and more recently done Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang prove that Madhuri wouldn’t settle for weak scripts.
9. Alia Bhatt
The young actress has proved with her choice of films that she doesn’t belong to the herd, and is a sucker for good, powerful scripts that have much more for her to do than just playing the love interest to her leading men. Be it her debut flick as a heroine, Student Of The Year, or the gripping and moving Highway, or the entertainment-loaded Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya and 2 States – Alia has been a clear winner. Her upcoming film, Shaandaar, looks equally promising.
10. Anushka Sharma
Anushka has just added one more feather to her cap by donning the producer’s hat with NH10 this year. So far her films as the leading lady are concerned, the actress has never settled for anything less than meaningful cinema. She has always been an integral part of her scripts – be it her debut, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan, Band Baaja Baaraat, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, PK or NH10.
11. Deepika Padukone
Like Anushka, Deepika too opened her film account with an SRK flick. While Om Shanti Om was a blockbuster, we didn’t sideline the leggy beauty as just another hottie on the block. She had spark in her and she sure earned her spurs over the next few years. Today, when she does a Cocktail or a Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or a Piku, we know she is there to move us with her screen presence. The actress ensures the show belongs to her as much as to the male lead.