Who are ten best Indian movie stars? They are ten women who are beautiful, talented, and widely known at home and around the world. Many of the lovely actresses are former models and beauty pageant winners. Some of them have worked in commercials, music videos, and television programs, too. Without further adieu, here are the ten best-known, best-loved movie stars in India today, listed in alphabetical order, by first name.

  1. Aishwarya Rai. Aishwarya Rai, 37, is one of India’s favorite leading ladies. The former model and Miss World made her acting debut in the 1999 film, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” translated “Straight From The Heart.” She has worked in at least 40 films since then. Her acting languages include Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, and English.

  2. Ameesha Patel. Ameesha Patel, 35, is a popular Indian movie star who appears mainly in Bollywood films. Her most famous role came in the 2001 film, “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha,” one of the biggest hits in Indian cinema. Her nicknames include “Angel” and “Princess.”

  3. Amrita Arora. Amrita Arora, 29, is another well-known Bollywood actress. She began her career in modeling and music videos. Her first successful film is the 2002 comedy “Awara Paagal Deewana, translated “Wayward, Crazy, Insane.” She is also known for hosting various television programs on MTV India.

  4. Amrita Rao. Another Indian movie star, also named Amrita, and also 29, is Amrita Rao. The former model began her acting career with the 2002 Bollywood romance “Ab Ke Baras,” which won her a best debut award. The actress is fluent in Hindi, Marathi, English, and Konkani (her native language).

  5. Antara Mali. Antari Mali, 31, is an Indian movie star in Bollywood films. After a five-year hiatus, she returned to acting with the 2010 Indian film “And Once Again.” In it, she plays a monk who reminds a Himalayan vacationer of his late wife, turning his life upside down.

  6. Ayesha Takia. Ayesha Takia 24, is a voluptuous young Indian actress who also appears mainly in Bollywood films. Her career began in advertisements and music videos. She won a best debut award for her acting role in the 2004 film “Taarzan, The Wonder Car.”

  7. Bipasha Basu. Bipasha Basu, 31, is a famous Indian actress and former supermodel. Her role in the 2008 Hindi action-thriller “Race” is one of her best performances to date. She was featured in a couple of music videos, and she served as a judge in a past Miss India beauty pageant.

  8. Celina Jaitley. Celina Jaitley, 29, is a Bollywood movie star, former model, and former Miss India pageant winner. She started acting in 2003, with the Hindi-language film “Janasheen,” translated “Representative.” She also holds a commerce degree from the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

  9. Diya Mirza. Diya Mirza, 28, is an Indian movie star and model. Her first acting role came with the 2001 film “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein,” for which she won a best female debut award. Her nicknames include “Dee” and “Queen of Bollywood.”

  10. Esha Deol. Last, but certainly not least, is the Indian movie star Esha Deol, 29. The Bollywood actress won three awards for her 2001 debut in “Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe,” a Hindi remake of the 1991 American film “Sleeping With The Enemy,” starring Julia Roberts.

Additional Resources:

“Antara Mali.” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0539507/

“Ayesha Takia.” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1779702/

“Bipasha Basu.” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0060607/

“Celina Jaitley.” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1380415/

“Diya Mirza.” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1069850/

“Esha Deol.” (Internet Movie Database) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0219968/