Bengali women are known for their beauty, but more importantly, they are known for their intelligence. Let’s take a look at the top 10 hottest as well as talented Bengali actresses.
- Konkona Sen Sharma
She is a daughter of veteran filmmaker Aparna Sen. She is a powerhouse of natural and subtle acting. Konkona made her debut at the age of 4 as a child actor in the film Indira (1983). Her performances in the films like Ek Je Aachhe Kanya, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, 15 Park Avenue (2005), Anurag Basu’s Life in a… Metro etc showcases her unparallel and effortless acting talent.
- Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood. Born to a Bengali family, Bipasha has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English language films along with Hindi. Particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres, she is frequently cited in the media as a sex symbol.
Kajol is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and late filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. She is regarded as one of the best actresses Bollywood has ever witness due to her versatility. Play against the stereotype lead female role, she earned a Filmfare Award for Best Villain for the film Gupt: The Hidden Truth. She won five Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for her performances in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001), Fanaa (2006) and My Name Is Khan (2010). Kajol is a social activist and is noted for her work with widows and children.
- Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree Dutta won the title of Femina Miss India Universe title in 2004. During the same year at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, she was among the top ten finalists. Following these, she made her Bollywood debut in 2005 with films like Chocolate and Aashiq Banaya Apne. Some of her other movies are Veerabhadra (2005), Raqeeb: Rivals in Love (2007), Dhol (2007), Risk (2007), Good Boy, Bad Boy (2007) etc.
- Sushmita Sen
Known for her unparallel beauty and grace, this Bengali beauty won the title of Femina Miss India in the year 1994 as a teen. Following this, she also won Miss Universe Pageant in the same year. After making it big in the Miss Universe Pageant, she decided to become an actress. Her first film was Dastak was in 1996 followed by 1997 Tamil, action film Ratchagan. She won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999 for her role in David Dhawan‘s movie Biwi No.1. At a very young age of 25, she adopted a baby girl named Renée in the year 2000 and later in 2010 another three-month-old girl and named her Alisah.
- Rani Mukherjee
She is the powerhouse of talent. Born to a family very closely knit with the Indian film industry, she made her debut as a supporting actress in her father’s film Biyer Phool (1996). Following this film, she began her career as a lead character in the film Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997). Rani rose to prominence with her supporting role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). She has bagged both commercial success and critical acclamation throughout her career with all her various roles.
- Nandita Das
This versatile Indian film actress and director have acted in over 30 feature films in ten different languages. She made it big with her performance in films like Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Azhagi and Before The Rains (2007). Her directorial debut feature film Firaaq was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008.
- Koena Mitra
Born in the year 1980, Koena Mitra is an Indian actress and model who appears in Bollywood films. She began her modeling career while she was still in school. Her major films are Musafir, Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, Insan, Apna Sapna Money Money etc.
- Riya Sen
She is the daughter of Moon Moon Sen and the granddaughter of legendary actress Suchitra Sen. In the year 1991 she began her career in the film Vishkanya. Her notable films are producer Pritish Nandy’s musical film, Jhankaar Beats (2003) in Hinglish, Shaadi No. 1 (2005) and Malayalam horror film Ananthabhadram (2005).
- Lisa Ray
Born to a Bengali father and a Polish mother in Toronto, Lisa grew up in the suburb of Etobicoke. This Canadian actress, model, television host, philanthropist and social activist appeared in the Canadian film Water in 2005, which premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival. She made her Indian cinematic debut in 1994 with the Tamil film Nethaji, alongside Sarath Kumar.
All these women symbolize talents in various fields like acting, dancing, singing and so on. They are also known for their various philanthropic activities.