Top 5 Actresses in Bollywood – July 2013

Starting this month, we would be beginning this EXCLUSIVE feature that would list Top 5 Actress in Bollywood.

  • The list would be based on the box office outcome of their last five movies
  • Only lead roles would be considered. Cameos, special appearances and guest appearances won’t be taken under consideration
  • Dated movies won’t be taken under consideration
  • In case of two superstars having equal number of winning and losing affairs, overall box office collections of their five movies would be taken into account
  • Only domestic box office performance is being taken into account
  • An exception may be considered if a superstar may not meet above criteria but ends up delivering bigger successes

W – Winner (If a film has been an Average, Above Average, Semi-Hit, Hit, Superhit, Blockbuster or All Time Blockbuster)
L – Loser (If a film has been a Disaster, Flop, Below Average)

Top 5 Actresses in Bollywood

Katrina Kaif Bollywood Actress

Katrina Kaif – W W W W W
Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara, Tees Maar Khan

Just like Salman Khan, even Katrina Kaif is an epitome of consistency. She has scored, and her wins have been big. With each of her last five films gathering in excess of 50 crores each at the box office, she now also has one century (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), one near century (Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara ) and one near double century (Ek Tha Tiger) to her name. With ‘Dhoom 3’, expect Katrina to sign off the year too with style.

Kareena Kapoor Bollywood Actress

Kareena Kapoor** – W W L W W
Talaash, Heroine, Agent Vinod, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Ra. One

Being in the know-how of business more than anyone else, she may have had a one off ‘Agent Vinod’ to bring a spanner in her record. However, Kareena has been enjoying author backed parts in majority of films. In ‘Satyagraha’, she is the only female superstar amidst a mole dominated powerhouse cast. Later in the year she should be taking care of the glamour zone though with ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’.

Vidya Balan Bollywood Actress

Vidya Balan* – W W W W W
Kahaani, The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica, Ishqiya, Paa

Though her ‘Paa’ and ‘Ishqiya’ weren’t huge grossers, they were successes nonetheless and brought in quite some credibility to Vidya as an actress. Big money did come in with ‘The Dirty Picture’ while ‘Kahaani’ is the second highest grosser (after ‘Talaash’) when it comes to the suspense genre. Nevertheless, she was the hero in ‘Kahaani’ and her excellent overall record is what further goes in her favour.

Deepika Padukone Bollywood Actress

Deepika Padukone – W W W W L
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Race 2, Cocktail, Desi Boyz, Aarakshan

It was only a matter of time before Deepika consolidated her place in the Top 5. Now, she is just one win away from stepping into the Top 2 zone. With four back to back successes, if she scores with ‘Chennai Express’ (which definitely appears to be the case), she would come in breathing distance of Katrina. As of now though, she is basking in the glory of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ which is closing in on the 190 crores mark.

Sonaksi Sinha Bollywood Actress

Sonaksi Sinha – W W L W W
Dabangg 2, Son of Sardaar, Joker, Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg

If not for a ‘Joker’ in the middle of her stint so far, Sonakshi Sinha would have managed an impeccable record of continued successes for a newcomer. From ‘Dabangg’ to ‘Dabangg 2’, she has four major successes to her name, each of them netting over 100 crores at the box office. She may be cornered for the length of her role in most of these films but eventually, what matters most is a hit under an actor’s belt.

The ones who can break into Top 5 in months to come:

  • Priyanka Chopra – (Barfi!, Teri Meri Kahaani, Agneepath, Don 2, 7 Khoon Maaf) – WLWWL [Upcoming films: Zanjeer, Krissh 3, Mary Kom biopic]
  • Asin – (Khiladi 786, Bol Bachchan, Housefull 2, Ready, London Dreams) – WWWWL [Upcoming films: No releases this year]
  • Anushka Sharma – (Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ladies v/s Ricky Behl, Patiala House, Band Baaja Baraat) – LWWLW [Upcoming films: No releases this year]
  • Kangna Ranaut – (Shootout at Wadala, Tezz, Miley Naa Miley Hum, Rascals, Double Dhamaal) – WLLLW [Upcoming films: Unglee, Queen, Krrish 3, Revolver Rani]

* Ghanchakkar is not considered in the list since it’s fate is still awaited
** Kareena is above Vidya as an *exception* since business generated by her films has been much bigger

Disclaimer: There can be many other scientific, non-scientific, objective and subjective measures chosen. We just wanted to keep it simple!

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

Stay tuned for the biggie – the Top 5 Actors list will be published soon!



  • Deepiika, Kareena and Vidya are so beautiful and very good actrees

    Dee and Karena are very good dancers also

    Katrina is a bad actrees but an amazing dancer and such a beautiful girl

    Sonakshi is the most over rated actress in the world. Fat, not beautiful, bad acting and no dancing skills. I think u should replace her with Asin, who is very talanted

    Anushka also has a lot of things, She is young – only 25 the youngest between them, her acting and her look. with few more good scripts she will take her place in the top 3.

  • Nonsense! Acting talent of an actress is above all. Priyanka is No 1, while vidya is no 2, then comes Deepika, Kareena, Katrina, Bipasha and Sonakshi. Remember talent and performance in films is above all and then comes boxoffice, fashion, accolades and awards.

  • To hell with acting…katrina is the most beautiful woman of them all…no one comes even close to her in terms of beauty! I would see horrible movies like tees maar khan, ek tha tiger and jab tak hai jaan just to watch her!! Love Katrina forever!

  • Pathetic Criteria … So Many glitches …

    As per this ‘Tees Maar Khan’ and ‘Kahaani’ – both are equal. Vidya did a lifetime role in Kahaani and TMK is the most forgettable movie of the decade…

    Priyanka was just awesome in ‘Barfi’. And what has Sonakshi contributed to the success of Dabangg series or Rowdy Rathore.

    Ra.One is also ‘W’ for Kareena while YJHD is also at the same level for Deepika.. Lolz .. How on earth it can be..

    Just stupid list making no sense at all. Movies like Tees Maar Khan and Desi Boyz cannot be called winners ..whatsoever may be the criteria ..

  • Right now Deepika is no.1 after race 2 and YJHD (and also chennai express to come), she was a big part of the success of YJHD.

    Most of these actresses, especially kareena and sonakshi, had no effect on helping the films do 100 crores, that was due to the male stars.

  • My personal favs-

    but stardom wise,the list should be

    acting wise the list should be

    i like sonakshi too,but she is getting movids by her luck.aiswarya rai was my fav once upon a time.

  • Deepika and sonakshi are the most ugly actresses in bollywood ever…they CANNOT ACT…their acting is even worse than a foreigner like Katrina…they don’t deserve so much fame…someone must kick them out of the film industry asap!

  • @rajiv:agreed with you brother.acting talent should be given more importance. there was a time when hema malini, sridevi, madhuri and aishwarya rai were the leading actress. they were the combination of all qualities including looks, acting, dancing talent, versatility and stardom.

    I get surprised when i see a list in which a non-actress like kat leads above other talented actress.

  • Thats boxoffice for you
    Katrina:worst actress in the industry is topping the chart!!!

    In actors list
    Salman tops but he has some (if not much) acting skills .

  • This is just star power & how many films you can play expressionless eye candy (yes, Katrina, I’m talking about you.) In terms of pure ACTING skill, Rani Mukerji kills everyone on this list, eyes closed.

  • @Gewone
    Sonakshi is a very talented actress no doubt about that,her acting skills in Lootera have been thoroughly praised by all the critics.
    And lookwise ,though she is not slim but she is very beautiful in indian desi avatar.
    She is the real “Desi Girl” of bollywood.

  • When comes to present No one can beat VIDYA BALAN…priyanka is oversmart barfi wala role to kareend bhI kar leti thi..but jis tarah ke rOle vidya karti hai woh bahut natural and realistic lagte Hai..deepika,sonakshi,katrina,anushka this girls still need to wait to come as an best actreSs

  • Top5 actress by romance express rite now
    1 katrina kaif
    2 karena kapoor
    3 priyanka chopra
    4 deepika
    5 vidya
    i love anushka very much, but she is not top5, after the release of pk and bomby velvelt anushka join the list but no doubt last 2 year is very golden time for deepika and sonakshi is out of top5 after the year for back to back failior of lootera, ouatimd, bullet raja.

  • My top five would be:
    1. Rani Mukherjee (She’s in a league of her own)
    2. Priyanka Chopra
    3. Anushka Sharma
    4. Sonam Kapoor
    5. And post Lootera, Sonakshi Sinha

  • she is the only female superstar amidst a male dominated powerhouse cast (Satyagraha) @Indicine them self mention in their post tat Kareena Kapoor Khan is a female superstar in Bollywood with out a doubt! KAREENA is d only heroine in b’town who can open a movie 8cr net on indian BO. after her marriage & from 9 months not a single movie released of her but still she’s #2 says her power in B’town, Kareena has HUGE fanbase around d world, she is still d highest paid actress in b’town

  • My top : Rani Mukerji, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor.

    But seriously…. Sonakshi Sinha??? She is more worst than was Katrina at beginning :) No talent, no beauty, no charisma, no good dance skills, no nothing… only Salman and her daddy! This are her only achivements.

  • Top 5 acters in search rating score
    1. Salman- 51
    2. Sharukh- 47
    3. Hritik-41
    4. Aamir-39
    5. Akshay-36

  • Indicine please published actor rating monthly wise
    top 5 actor by time celebex monthly wise
    1. Salman 51 point
    2. Srk 49 p.
    3. Ranbeer 43 p.
    4. Amitabh b. 38 p.
    5. Aamir 36p.

  • Katty tops…….yahoooooooooooo!!!!

    @ Outlander….that was funny !!!!!

    Acting wise, currently no one comes close to Vidya, but look at Ghanchakkar…….flopped big time.

    Popularity wise, no one can match Katrina……the only reason TMK recovered money was the Sheila song and Katrina.

    Deepika got success recently, but Race 2 she was just a big dumb bimbo who got flayed by critics for not even able to mumble dialogues……..YJHD with Katrina would have crossed 200 cr to make new record, and thus the real success of it can only be attributed to Ranbir and only Ranbir. The guy can make a dumb and mute film gross 100 Cr. Superb Talent.

    Sona has the most 100 Cr movies in her name.

    Kareena has only given flops in the recent times, while Priyanka has done nothing great, and the role in Barfi was if you guys don’t remember, criticised for overacting by critics.

    So, if you combine all the aspects of popularity, acting and success it is –

    1) Katrina
    2) Vidya
    3) Sona & Deepika
    4) Priyanka & Kareena

    Anushka sharma showed great promise, but same repeated characterisation of loud and wild has not garnered much fans. She was pretty lost in JTHJ.

  • You may not like Kathrina because she is a foreigner but without doubt she is the most popular actress. She is very popular in South Africa. I appreciate her acting talent. She has grown from strength to strength. She is a very subtle actress and does not overdramatise her roles. Producers like her because her movies bring in the money. i am looking forward to her forthcoming movies.

    Rani will always be my all time favourite.

  • @ sandy, true words.

    People say Katrina doesn’t act, what they mean is she doesn’t over emote. Just watch her movies, and she emotes in the normal way the character would and doesn’t over do by raising and rolling the eyes etc.,

    If you see ETT, you can see that she just played the character to the T. Put Anushka or Dippy and they would have giggled and smiled wide endlessly like some love struck 16 year old dumb teenager totally forgetting that the character is supposed to be that of a matured girl who works as an undercover agent for the country.

    Most of the actress, even Kareena and Priyanka, just over emotes the characters, and some smart a$$es feel they did a great job.

  • i dont see sonakshi and asin as actresses they are more of deco material so they should not be listed since they have nothing to do in their movies :P sorry but its the hard truth
    i know sonakshi did a lootera but this is her first and i think it will be her only long and good role
    normally in movies like rowdy or dabangg she sucks because she can not get attention sallu and akki get all the attention for their amazing acts :)
    anyway thats just my opinion

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