Playing the role of a hooker demands an actress to be bold, beautiful and talented. Not every Bollywood actress can carry off the scarlet woman's role with perfection. Some have won accolades for it, some have hardly raised an eyebrow. There are a few Bollywood actresses who have played the role of a hooker perfectly and given justice to it as well.
For example, yesteryear beauty, Meena Kaumari played a fabulous role of a hooker in Pakeezah. After a lot of shooting problems, the movie finally released and became a huge hit which is still remembered in Bollywood. Meena Kumari who played the role of a golden-hearted Lucknow prostitute died 2 months after the movie released.
Another Bollywood actress who played the role of a perfect hooker is Rekha. Whenever we talk about on-screen hookers, the name of Umrao Jaan comes first to our mind. The bold and gorgeous Indian actress defined the role of a prostitute as Umrao Jaan Ada in her 80s hit film, Umrao Jaan.
In modern times as well, some talented actresses like Rani Mukerji and Kalki Koechlin have played the role of a prostitute on-screen. Even other actresses like Kareena Kapoor was seen playing the role of a hooker in two films, Talaash and Chameli. In her Madhur Bhandarkar's film Heroine as well, Kareena played a small role of a prostitute.
Shruti Hassan is another Bollywood actress who has played the strong role of a prostitute in D Day. Meanwhile, Rani Mukerji played the role of a high class hooker in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. She was also seen portraying the story in Saawariya where she again played the role of a prostitute. These actresses have shown that the role of a prostitute is always strong and demands the actress to be bold and sensuous.
Here is a look at the best Bollywood actresses who played the role of a hooker.
Bollywood Actresses Who Played Hooker Roles:
Meena Kumari is the first actress in Bollywood to have played the role of a prostitute. In her last movie Pakeezah, Meena Kumari played the role of a Lucknow based prostitute.
The stunning and bold actress of Umrao Jaan is another addition in the list. Apart form her hit songs and dance moves, Rekha acted really well as Umrao Jaan Ada.
Rani has played the strong role of a hooker in movies like Saawariya and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag.
Her hit number Maar Dala in Devdas as lovelorn Chandramukhi who falls in love with drunkard Shahrukh Khan was really impressive. The actress swept away many awards for her strong role in the movie.
The bold and sassy Kalki played a strong role of a prostitute in Dev D which was a modern version of Devdas.
Twice Kareena played the role of a hooker on-screen; first in Chameli and then in Talaash.
Although the movie Market was not a hit, but the movie had the typical story of an under-age girl who was sold off in flesh trade by her new Arab Sheikh husband.
In D Day, Shruti blew the mind of the audience with her bold role and her sizzling chemistry with Arjun Rampal.
The talented actress Tabu played the role of a prostitute in the Bollywood movie, Chandni Bar. Tabu won many awards for her strong role as a bar dancer (Mumtaz) who gets married to a gangster.
In Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Preity Zinta played the role of a low key prostitute who is transformed and then turned into a surrogate mother.