If you look at the career of Aishwarya Rai, who was considered to be the top actress of Bollywood after Madhuri Dixit, you would see that she gave only two hit movies- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. On the contrary, Madhuri Dixit, who was the top actress in Bollywood prior to Aishwarya, had at least ten movies that can be considered as block busters. Aishwarya Rai is more of a media gimmick than true acting talent. I remember when Aishwarya Rai’s Bride and Prejudice was released, the Indian media created big hoopla saying- Aishwarya Rai is now top favorite in Hollywood, Indian actresses are winning the west so on and so forth but in reality, Bride and Prejudice was a low profile movie. Out of all the international movies she did, only Provoked is worth mentioning. The movie deals with a serious issue but it was not so successful. Last Legion also did poorly despite having actors like Ben Kingsley.
Same goes for other beauty queens like Tanushree Dutta, Celina Jaitley, Yukta Mookhey, Diana Hayden, Lara Dutta and Neha Dhupia. None of them had a successful career except Sushmita Sen, Gul Panag, and Priyanka Chopra.
Out of all the beauty queens, I like Sushmita Sen most because she is truly a talented actress. From her debut movie, Dastak, she evolved into a great actress. She might have made it to the newspapers for her personal and social life but she is a far better actress than Aishwarya Rai. Movies like Samay: When Time Strikes, Aaghaaz, Aankhen Filhaal..., Zindaggi Rocks, Paisa Vasool are proofs of Sushmita Sen’s acting talent.
Gul Panag may not be successful in commercial movies but she has established her position in off-beat movies. Priyanka Chopra is also a talented actress but she only fits into glamorous characters.
Along with beauty queens, Bollywood also saw the rise of a group of actresses who do not have any acting talent but they are very gorgeous. Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are the biggest example of such actresses. As Karisma Kapoor’s sister, Kareena Kapoor did not have to struggle a lot to get into Bollywood but she does not have an impressive acting career like her elder sister. Till date, she gave only one hit movie, Jab We Met.
Katrina Kaif debuted in 1993 with Boom, a movie which drew nothing but negative criticism. Katrina Kaif can not speak Hindi properly. She is beautiful but she only plays characters where glamour is very much required not acting. Katrina Kaif found success in 2006 with Namastey London. The NRI romantic comedy was quite enjoyable but not something you would like to see time and time again. Same goes for her other movies like
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