1. Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit, also known by her married name Madhuri Dixit Nene, is an Indian actress, producer, and television personality. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, she has been praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills.
Kajol, also known by her married name Kajol Devgan, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee.
3. Rani Mukerji
Rani Mukerji is an Indian film actress. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 2000s, she has received several awards, including seven Filmfare Awards. Her roles have been cited in the media as a significant departure from previous screen portrayals of Indian women.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an Indian actress, singer, film producer, and the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. One of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities, Chopra has received numerous awards, including one National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards.
5. Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor Khan is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and the younger sister of actress Karisma Kapoor.
6. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone is an Indian film actress and producer. One of the highest-paid actresses in India, her accolades include three Filmfare Awards. She features in listings of the nation’s most popular personalities, and Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
7. Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an Indian actress and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India.
8. Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif is an English actress who works in Hindi films. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, she has established herself in Bollywood and is one of India’s highest-paid actresses. Born in Hong Kong, Kaif and her family lived in several countries before she moved to London.
9. Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian film actress and singer. After working as a costume designer in her early career, Sinha made her acting debut in the action-drama film Dabangg, which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
10. Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut is an Indian actress and director who works in Hindi films. The recipient of several awards, including three National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards, has featured six times in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list.
11. Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress, former model, and the winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant of 2006 who predominantly works in Bollywood. In 2009, she debuted in Bollywood with the movie Aladin and since then has established a career in the industry.
12. Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is an Indian film actress. She has received a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award, and from 2012–2016, she appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list based on her income and popularity.
13. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma is an Indian actress and film producer who works in Hindi films. One of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in India, she has received several awards, including a Filmfare Award, and was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2018.
14. Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan is an Indian actress. Known for pioneering a change in the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema with her roles in female-led films, she is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.
15. Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu, also known by her married name Bipasha Basu Singh Grover, is an Indian film actress and model. Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English films. Basu is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award, among six nominations.
16. Preity Zinta
Preity G Zinta is an Indian film actress and entrepreneur, who was one of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 2000s. After graduating with degrees in English honors and criminal psychology, Zinta made her acting debut in Dil Se.. in 1998, followed by a role in Soldier in the same year.
17. Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra is an Indian actress and singer who appears in Hindi films. Chopra is a recipient of several accolades, including a Filmfare and National Film Award.
18. Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt is an actress and singer of Indian origin and British citizenship, who works in Hindi films. The highest-paid actress in India, as of 2019, her accolades include three Filmfare Awards.
19. Shraddha Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor is an Indian actress and singer who works in Hindi films. The daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor, she began her acting career with a brief role in the 2010 heist film Teen Patti, and followed it with her first leading role in the teen drama Luv Ka The End.
20. Kriti Sanon
Kriti Sanon is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films. She pursued an engineering degree from the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, after which she briefly worked as a model.