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Nargis, Madhubala, Meena Kumari - The Yesteryear divas of Bollywood

Written by: Nagarathna Andanappa

'Old is Gold' proverb is true when you look back into our age old Bollywood films. Not only films, people even now value our ‘Old' Bollywood heroines as Gold. They are such divas that actresses from our generation mimic them. Take for example, Madhuri Dixit, who is compared to Madhubala in Indian Cinema because of her beautiful smile. It is also said that Katrina Kaif may play the role of Madhubala in a biopic of Kishore Kumar. Sadhana fringe was sported by Deepika Padukone in films Om Shanti Om and Chandni Chowk To China.

The phenomenal beauty, natural grace, talent and sensuality of the actresses of the golden era are unexplainable. Madhubala, as we all know, is compared to Marilyn Monroe; and Khatija Akbar wrote a biography on her titled 'I Want To Live' The Story Of Madhubala. The moment you see divas like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Asha Parekh, Sadhana, Saira Banu...on screen, you just can't stop admiring them, such is the effect of these yesteryear divas of Bollywood.

Have a look at the few most beautiful Indian actresses of the 40s-60s in the slider below.

Yesteryear actresses of Bollywood

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