Bollywood Industry has given us a lot of excellent and great actresses over the year. Starting from Suraiya, Madhubala, Nargis, Waheeda Rahman to Vidya Balan, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Hindi Cinema has seen it all. Not only in family portraying roles, but also in the modern avatars they have risen above with their acting on a big screen. These actresses not only have made Bollywood proud but also they have gone beyond their capabilities to provide the fame and respect to the India, with their works, like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, a few names in justification. There has been numerous female focusing characters movies in the Bollywood such as Mother India, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Pink, Pinjar, Queen, Kahani, and much more to remember. With that said, we are here to present you all, the top 10 most National Film Award winner actresses from Bollywood.
Let’s See Top National Film Award winner Actresses:
1. Shabana Azmi
Born in the year 1950, to the renowned Poet Kaifi Azmi, she is one of the most gracious and natural actress. She is known for her fierce and intense roles in the Movies. She is known for portrayal of roles for the rights of women, poor people, taking her liberal values to all time higher and higher. Shabana Azmi made her debut into the film industry with Shyam Benegal directorial Venture, Ankur, in 1974. She has done more than 120 films in her career, both Hindi, and Bengali. Most of her films focus on Indian society and its culture. She is currently working as a social activist for various roles such as women’s rights and also awareness towards abortions. Shabana Azmi has a lot of movies, where woman character is in lead, such as Godmother. She has five National Awards and five Filmfare Awards under her name.
2. Kangana Ranaut
Born in the year 1986, she is one of the most fashionable actresses in the Bollywood. She started her career at the age of 16, as a Model. She made her debut into the Bollywood movie Gangster in 2006, opposite Shiney Ahuja. Kangana is known for her outspoken nature and opinions, which puts her in a lot of controversies. She also won the Filmfare best debut actress award, for his movie Gangster. Her quite memorable movies include Queen, Tanu Weds Manu Return, and Tanu Weds Manu. Her latest controversy which is sparking the Twitter includes an argument with director Karan Johar and Vidya Balan. She is known for her expressive and bold avatars in the movies, which can be felt through her eyes and expressions. She has 3 National Film Awards and 3 Filmfare Awards under her name. Her acting skills are going to earn her few more National Film Award in near future.
3. Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila is an Indian actress from Bollywood. She was born in the year 1944, in Hyderabad. She is also known by the name, Begum Ayesha Sultana, which she took after her marriage with Nawab Pataudi Khan. Sharmila Tagore has acted in many Hindi movies, including, Aradhana, Amar Prem, Mausam, Chupke Chupke, Daag, and much more. She started her acting career with the Bengali movie, Apur Sansar, in 1959. Her first Hindi movie is Kashmir Ki Kali, in the year 1964. Sharmila also represented as the President of the Indian Film Censor Board from 2004-2011. She is also, known for her bold acting in her early movies. Sharmila Tagore is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, in 2005. She was also, one of the Jury members for the Cannes film festival in 2009. Sharmila Tagore has two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards under her name.
4. Smita Patil
Born in the year 1931, she is an actress, theater artist, and television personality. She has acted in more than 80 Hindi and Marathi films. Graduated from a film institute in Pune, she began her career in 1975, with the movie named Charandas Chor. Along with Shabana Ji, she also established herself as the leading actress of parallel cinema. Few of her memorable movies include Aakrosh, Mirch Masala, Manthan, and Bhumika. She is known to be a feminist, whose central focus remains on the women empowerment and advancement, in the male leading society. Smita has two National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award under her name. She died in the year 1986, at the young age of 31, due to the birth complications.
Born in the year 1960, New Delhi, she is a renowned Indian actress from Bollywood. She began her acting career as a child artist, at a very young age of 4 as master Sooraj, which was a male character. She also got a lot of recognition for her portrayal of boy character (child artist) in her early career. Her memorable child character is from the movie Hamraaz, where she plays the role of actress Vimi’s daughter. She later acted in the movies such as Geet Gata Chal, Kranti, Ram Tera Desh, Satte Pe Satta, Parzania, and much more. Her film Shoe Bite opposite Amitabh Bachchan is still to be release. She won her first National Film Award for the movie Parzania, for the best actress, along with the best costume designer award, for the movie Hey Ram.
Tabu is an Indian actress from Bollywood, who mostly does fierce roles in the movies. Her Original name is Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, and she belongs to Hyderabad. Apart from Hindi, she has also acted in, English, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films. She mostly plays as a protagonist in her movies, which are mostly critically acclaimed. Her few memorable movies are, Maachis, Kaalapani, Chandni Bar, Maqbool, and few more. She started her career with some small roles in the movies such as Bazaar and Naujawan, in 1980, at the age of 14. Her career turning movie was Vijaypath, which got a release in the year 1994. She has two National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards under her name.
7. Waheeda Rahman
The Daughter of District Magistrate, Waheeda is an Indian actress from Bollywood. She is a fluent dancer, with Bharat Natyam. She began her career as a child artist that too as a dancer in a Telugu movie, Rojulu Marayi. Waheeda Rehman started her Bollywood career with the film CID, in 1956. She also got the title of most beautiful Bollywood actress of all time, from various media outlets. Her dream was to become a doctor, but after her parent’s early demise, she was forced to work, and destiny brought her in Bollywood. Her few memorable movies include Khamoshi, Reshma Aur Shera, Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Guide, and much more. She has a National Film Award and two Filmfare Awards under her name.
8. Rehana Sultan
Born in the year 1950, she is an actress from Bollywood. She began her career, with movie Dastak, in 1970, which also gave her National Film Award for best actress. She is also a graduate of the Film Institute of Pune. Her movie Chetna typecast her as a bold Artist, which affected her career. Few of her memorable films are, Haar Jeet, Kissa Kursi Ka, Prem Parvat, and much more. Her movie Chetna brings out the problems and puts a focus on the life of prostitutes, which is regarded as the first film on such issue.
Born in the year 1954, Rekha is an Indian actress from Bollywood. Her original name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She is notorious for her versatility and dusky beauty. She is regarded as, one of the finest and talented actress. Still, at the age of 60, she is extremely a fit and fabulous. She began her career as a child artist in the Telugu movie Rangula Ratnam, in 1966. Rekha started her Hindi acting career with a movie named, Saawan Bhadon. She has acted in more than 180 films, till now. She mostly portrays a leading lady role in all of her Movies. Her few memorable films are, Namak Haraam, Umrao Jaan, Nagin, Kasme Vaade, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Suhaag, and much more. Rekha’s classical portray in the movie Umrao Jaan gifted her National Film Award. She also has a Padmashree by the Indian government.
10. Vidya Balan
Born in the year 1979, in Mumbai, She is a well-established actress from Bollywood. She plays mainly leading lady roles in her movies. She gets a lot of praise, for her acting from critics and media. Vidya got his marriage with UTV Pictures head Siddharth Roy Kapoor. She began her career as a TV artist with the serial Hum Paanch, on Doordarshan. She also has a sociology degree from, Mumbai University. Vidya Balan began her Bollywood career with the movie Parineeta in the year 2005. She got attention from the movies, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Heyy Baby, and The Dirty Picture. Her movie, Kahaani and Kahaani 2 got a lot of Praise from viewers and critics. Her recent film, Begum Jaan is also getting an overwhelming response from the audience. She has a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards under her name.
So, here we have got the list of our national pride from Bollywood. These actresses are not only good on big screen but also in real life with their goodwill works towards humanity and society. We would love to hear your suggestions, so do comment and subscribe to us. Till then, happy reading.