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These are the 10 models who turned into successful Bollywood actresses

These are the 10 models who turned into successful Bollywood actresses

The most beautiful woman before becoming a successful actress, she had asuccessful modelling career.

Here are ten models who turned into successful Bollywood actresses:

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

We don’t really need to introduce Aishwarya to you. Touted to be the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya was once an extremely successful model. Following this, she entered the Miss India pageant and then went on to win the coveted Miss World crown in 1994. Soon after this, she began receiving offers to act in films. She made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Tamil film ‘Iruvar’and had her first Hindi film release in ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya’ that same year. Now, Aishwarya is one of the most successful Bollywood actresses in the film industry.

Bipasha Basu

Known as the bong beauty, Bipasha Basu won a supermodel contest in 1996, and later pursued a successful career as a fashion model. She then began receiving offers for film roles, and made her acting debut with a negative role in the moderately successful thriller ‘Ajnabee’. Bipasha’s first leading role was in the blockbuster horror film ‘Raaz’ (2002), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She subsequently received worldwide critical recognition and several awards for her upcoming films.

Deepika Padukone

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has some impeccable acting skills. As of 2017, she is the highest-paid actress in India and is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards. Deepika left her career in the sport to become a fashion model. She soon received offers for film roles and made her acting debut in 2006 as the title character of the Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’. Deepika then played a dual role in her first Bollywood release, 2007 blockbuster ‘Om Shanti Om’. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Katrina Kaif

Katrina received her first modeling assignment as a teenager and later pursued a career as a fashion model. At a fashion show in London, filmmaker Kaizad Gustad spotted Kaif and decided to cast her in ‘Boom’. While filming in India, Katrina received modelling assignments and established a successful modelling career. The actress then earned commercial success in Bollywood with the romantic comedies ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?’ (2005) and ‘Namastey London’ (2007). Now, Katrina is one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma had her first modelling assignment for the fashion designer Wendell Rodricks in 2007 and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career as a model. She made her acting debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the highly successful romance ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ (2008), which earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. She rose to prominence with starring roles in romances ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ (2010) and ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ (2012). Now, Anushka is touted to be one of the most successful A-list actresses in Bollywood.

Neha Dhupia

Neha Dhupia modeled for advertisement campaigns, following which she even made an entrance in a TV show. In 2002 she entered the Femina Miss India pageant finishing in first place, winning the Femina Miss India Universe title, and was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico. Neha made her film debut in the 2003 Bollywood film ‘Qayamat: City Under Threat’ and rose to fame with the film ‘Julie’. Now, the actress has her own chat show in which she interviews various Bollywood celebrities.

Priyanka Chopra

Global icon Priyanka Chopra was the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. In 2003, Priyanka Chopra made her Bollywood film debut as the second female lead opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in Anil Sharma’s ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’. The actress then went on to act in multiple films but rose to fame with her role in ‘Fashion’. Now, Priyanka is one of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities and has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards.

Sushmita Sen

In 1994, as a teenager, Sushmita Sen won the title of Femina Miss India. Sushmita then won the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, held in Manila, Philippines, representing India. After completing her reign, Sushmita went on to pursue Bollywood. She started her career with the Hindi film ‘Dastak’. She rose to stardom with the Tamil musical ‘Ratchagan’ opposite Nagarjuna; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in ‘Sirf Tum’ (1999) and the comedy ‘Biwi No.1’. The actress has also received critical acclaim for her female-oriented roles in films.

Zeenat Aman

Zeenat Aman won the Miss Asia Pacific 1970 title. She was the first South Asian woman to win the title. Upon making her debut in Bollywood, Zeenat Aman, along with Parveen Babi, was credited with making a lasting impact on the image of its leading actresses by introducing the modern look to Hindi cinema. The actress has been a part of many commercially successful films and is known for bringing progress to the Bollywood film industry.

Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez was a successful model before she made her venture into the Bollywood film industry with the film ‘Aladin’. Her breakthrough role came with the psychological thriller ‘Murder 2’. Following this, she was a part of many commercial hits in Bollywood. As of now, Jacqueline is one of the most popular actresses in India, and is the recipient of several awards.


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