The 16 Oldest Living Bollywood Actresses Who Charmed Us For Decades
Bollywood has seen numerous talented women over the years, known for revolutionising Hindi cinema and taking it by storm. Their acting skills, combined with their intelligence and charm shone through the screen to give them spots in the Bollywood Hall of Fame. All of them are iconic, and how! In this article, we will take a look at the oldest living Bollywood actresses, who are remembered among the greats and graced the silver screen with their talent, beauty, and grace.
These actresses have been a part of the industry for decades and continue to inspire us with their sheer dedication and love for their craft. Let’s delve into the lives and careers of these iconic women who have made a mark in the world of Bollywood.
1. Kamini Kaushal (95 years old)
At age 95, this yesteryear actress is easily one of the oldest on this list. She was born as Uma Kashyap on 24 February, 1927 and has acted in a number of films and continues to do so even today. Do Bhai, Paras, Arzoo, and Godaan are some of her most famous films. Recently she has been featured in films like Chennai Express, Kabir Singh, and Laal Singh Chaddha.
2. Waheeda Rehman (85 years old)
A refined actress, Waheeda Rehman has a Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and a number of acting awards to her name. She acted in films like Teesri Kasam, Ram Aur Shyam, Guide, etc.
3. Asha Parekh (80 years old)
One of the most famous actresses of her time, she started off as a child actor and then had her first hit, Dil Deke Dekho in the year 1959. She was one of the highest-paid actresses during her active years and she won a Padma Shri award for her contributions.
4. Tanuja Mukherjee (79 years old)
Better known as Tanuja, she was a well-known actress till she retired for a few years to focus on her family. She acted in a number of films like Nai Roshni, Jewel Thief, Mere Jeevan Saathi, etc. The actress Kajol is her daughter.
5. Sharmila Tagore (78 years old)
Sharmila Tagore first ventured into the Bengali film industry before working in Bollywood. She is the winner of the National Film Awards, a Filmfare Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Padma Bhushan. Some of her films include Amar Prem, Chupke Chupke, Daag, etc.
6. Simi Garewal (75 years old)
You may recognize her from small video snippets of her show, where she takes on the role of a wonderful and engaging talk show host. She has acted in films like Saathi, and Mera Naam Joker and won Filmfare Awards.
7. Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan (74 years old)
Jaya Bachchan is a household name, having acted in multiple hit films like Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Naa Ho, etc. She has also forayed into politics.
8. Hema Malini (74 years old)
Interestingly, Hema Malini’s debut was in a Tamil film called Idhu Sathiyam. She is regarded as an actress, director, producer and politician as well. Some of her other prominent films include Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay, Jugnu, Sanyasi, etc.
9. Shabana Azmi (72 years old)
With five National Film Awards for best actress, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards to her name, Shabana Azmi is no unknown name in the industry. She has acted in films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Ankur, Masoom, Mandi, etc. She is married to Javed Akhtar.
10. Farida Jalal (72 years old)
Known famously for her roles as a motherly figure or a grandmother more recently, Farida Jalal has had a career spanning many decades. Some of her films include Paras, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Bobby, etc.
11. Deepti Naval (71 years old)
Deepti Naval is an Indian-American actress. She has acted in films like Kamla, Chashme Buddoor, Saath Saath, etc., and is easily one of the oldest living Bollywood actresses who is well-loved by audiences everywhere.
12. Rekha (68 years old)
A little-known fact is that the famous Rekha’s real name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She is one of India’s most prolific actresses and some of her most famous roles include the ones in Silsila, Khubsoorat, Kalyug, Utsav, etc.
13. Ratna Pathak Shah (65 years old)
Ratna Pathak Shah has acted in films, and TV shows and is a thespian as well, like her husband Naseeruddin Shah. Some of her famous roles include ones in the films Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Golmaal 3, Lipstick Under My Burkha, etc.
14. Dimple Kapadia (65 years old)
Dimple Kapadia debuted with the film Bobby, launching her into stardom and a lifetime of achievements in the acting field. Her other films include Phir Kabhi, Dil Chahta Hai, Kaash, etc.
15. Neetu Kapoor (64 years old)
Neetu Kapoor began her career as a child actress in the film Suraj, but shot to fame for her performance in the film Yaadon Ki Baarat. Some of her other films include Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony, etc. She is the wife of the late actor Rishi Kapoor.
16. Neena Gupta (63 years old)
Neena Gupta is an actress and television director with a number of accolades to her name. She has made appearances in films like Gandhi, Mirza Ghalib, Drishti, etc.
They have given us unforgettable performances, iconic characters, and timeless memories. These actresses have inspired generations with their talent, beauty, and grace, and continue to do so even today. As they age gracefully, their contribution to Bollywood remains unmatched.
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