Top Actress in Bollywood: September 2013

Continuing our two-monthly feature, here is the updated list of Indicine’s Top 5 Female Superstars.

  • This 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, Super hit, Blockbuster, All Time Blockbuster)

L – Loser (If a film has been a Disaster, Flop, Below Average)

Top 5 Female Movie Stars

Deepika Padukone No 1 Star

Deepika Padukone – (Chennai Express, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Race 2, Cocktail, Desi Boyz) – WWWWW [June position: #4]

The lady has jumped into the charts, and how! A consistent run coupled with an All Time Blockbuster success of ‘Chennai Express’ has helped the cause as Deepika surpassed Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif to find her place at the top.

With five back to back successes, the challenge now is for her to hold on to this position.

Katrina Kaif No 2 Actress

Katrina Kaif – (Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara, Tees Maar Khan) – WWWWW [June position: #1]

Katrina has done nothing wrong and the only reason why she has stepped one step down is due to no release for a very long period of time. Though each of her last five films has been a success, sum total of their collections is lesser than that of Deepika Padukone.

She has good chances of reclaiming this spot, what with her ‘Dhoom 3’ is all set to be a huge money spinner in the offering.

Kareena Kapoor No 3

Kareena Kapoor ** – (Satyagraha, Talaash, Heroine, Agent Vinod, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu) – LWWLW [June position: #2]

With ‘Satyagraha’ turning out to be a coverage affair, Kareena Kapoor has to contend with one step lower in the charts. Though she is still the only leading lady with a good clout to be still around after being in the industry for more than 10 years, she would be really hoping for a biggie to strike with a bang.

‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ later this year could well do the trick.

Vidya Balan No 4 Actress

Vidya Balan – (Ghanchakkar, Kahaani, The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica, Ishqiya) – LWWWW [June position: #3]

Vidya Balan could well be hoping that ‘Ghanchakkar’ was just an aberration in her otherwise spotless run at the box office for years in succession. She is capable of doing much better, as is demonstrated by her repertoire of films so far.

She would soon be seen in ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ and rest assured, her place in Top-5 would stay on to be intact.

Priyanka Chopra No 5

Priyanka Chopra – (Zanjeer, Barfi!, Teri Meri Kahaani, Agneepath, Don 2) – LWLWW [June position: #6]

Despite her ‘Zanjeer’ going down at the box office, Priyanka still moves into Top-5 and that has happened by default. Reason being that Sonakshi Sinha hasn’t quite struck big with ‘Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara’ and ‘Lootera’. That has disturbed her hit run over the years due to which Priyanka moves up one spot.

Rest assured, Priyanka would only improve on this further with ‘Krrish 3’ promising to be as huge as it gets.

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

  • Sonakshi Sinha – (Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara, Lootera, Dabangg 2, Son of Sardaar, Joker) – LLWWL [Forthcoming films: Rambo Rajkumar, Bullett Raja, ‘Thuppakki’ remake’]
  • Asin – (Khiladi 786, Bol Bachchan, Housefull 2, Ready, London Dreams) – WWWWL [Forthcoming 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 [Forthcoming films: No releases this year]
  • Kangna Ranaut – (Shootout at Wadala, Tezz, Miley Naa Miley Hum, Rascals, Double Dhamaal) – WLLLW [Forthcoming films: Krrish 3, Queen]

** 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 wanted to keep it simple though!

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder



  • Okay,whatever the list may be. .my opinion is in today’s bollywood,
    Most talented actress: Priyanka Chopra
    Most expressive actress: Kareena
    Queen of 2013: Deepika
    Most free and bindass actress: Anushka

  • Deepika deserves to be number 1 actress. She can act & has a good position at box office too. I’m glad, finally someone dethroned that talentless Katrina. Go Deepika!!!

  • Deepika deserved no. Spot
    1. Most talented actress in masala genre
    2.Good looking with complete heroine face and can fit any kind of role unlike aish kat Kareena vidya priyanka, rani, sonakshi etc
    3. good choice of movies.

  • Why is Katrina on that list? She is no actress only a glam doll. She and that buffalo Sonakshi Sinha ought to be kicked out immediately.

  • @nipun&Aditya – No disrespect to them, but look at the starcast of their movies. All of them were male oriented movies like most of the times. But look at the record of Vidya Balan, she was arguably the leading cast of all of her ‘winners’. She may not be the most beautiful, not even most expensive actress, but for me, she’s the real winner out of those. As she broke the trend of heroines being in overshadow of the heroes, and found success on her own.

  • This Article belongs to Success rate of heroines at Boxoffice prospectus So Katrina will surely maintain it in 2014 ahead of Deepika and the compitetion between Deepika Vs Kat will be seen and more over Anushka Sharma will climbs up next generation actors like shraddha kapoor and Alia bhatt will shine in future

  • @rohit:yes doubts,when it comes to stardom and a mature acting talented ,vidya is ahead of others. .but i have n’t made any list.but i personally feel priyanka should be first.

  • I would love to see vidhya balan with sharukh khan or with other khans or roshan.
    @indicine team : Please tell me why no body casting Diana Penty on their film?. Iam a huge fan of her after watching Cocktail and I think most of them liked her. Other actresses getting lot of oppurtunities bcuz of their father but it’s criminal to waste talent like Diana Penty!

  • @indicine team : bollywood Website like urs, who has some power should support bollywood artist who is being sidelined but deserves more films. We audience like some actors or actress or singers but we dont get to see them due to some other factors. We want to see more of Sonu nigam, Udit Narayan but we get see less of them. Diana Penty is one of the most liked debutant actress in bollywood still no trace of her!

  • After Madhuri and Kajol, I admire only two among present generation actresses. One is Vidya Balan and the second is Deepika. Among the successful actresses I am not able to admire Katrina, Asin and Sonakshi.

  • for me top 5 actress in terms of both box office and performance:
    1. Deepika(YJHD, Cocktail,CE)
    2. Vidhya (dirty pic, kahani, ishqiya, paa)
    3. Priyanka(barfi,dostana)
    4. Kareena(jab we met,bodyguard)
    5. In This moment no any actress in 5th rank
    …………kat(might be for dhoom 3)she needs more acting class

  • No offence I am a Katrina Fan and drool over her looks but acting wise she isn’t even in the top 50 but in popularity I rate it like this.

    1. Deepika Padukone – Cocktail she did really well 78cr, Race 2 106cr, YJHD 190cr and Chennai Express she did well as Meenama 225cr. So HIT, HIT, BB, ATBB.

    2nd. Katrina Kaif – Although she is just used for glamour roles she has box office clout due to sticking with large stars all the time.

    3. Priyanka Chopra – Agneepath and Barfi were epic.

    4. Vidya Balan – A female who can act.

    5. Anushka Sharma

    6. Asin

    7. Sonakshi Sinha

    8. Shraddha Kapoor

    9. Kareena Kapoor – she was never the box office or bollywood queen she keeps on aping the same acting style of Jab We Met. Although her characters are different her acting and expressions are the same in all movies. Just go watch Heroine, Ra.One, Bodyguard and even 3 Idiots she plays the same experssions and acting all the time. She is ass licking Karan Johar to extend her failing career.

  • Kareena Kapoor all the way for her role in Jab we met! She steal my heart ever since and now in Gori Tere Pyar Mein!! Gud Luck

  • Could not agree more with soroop. Where is Diana?!? I loved her in Cocktail soooooo much! Hope she gets to do Sooraj Bharjatya’s next with Salman!!

  • wow… deepika is 1st… fuck off katrina… uske achha to priyanka achhi hai… usko 2nd pe hona chahiye… bhangi katrina 2nd… impossible…deepika is best female actress in b’wood..!!! love u deepika..!!

  • I agree that deeps is no 1 she is best of all………but Rani should be in this top 5 list bcoz her performance in Bombay talkies talaash aiyyaa no one killed Jessica was mindblowing

  • DEEPIKA is the best!
    she has done all kinds of roles..Race 2,Yeh jawaani hey deewani,chennai express,Ramleela..all roles wre entirely different from each other..she has done an awesome job! GOD BLESS!!
    Katrina can only do item numbers..nt acting!!

  • Wow…”deepika” so beautiful..??? :( Why katrina is no 2…..she should not be in this top 5.So Bad..”priyanka”should be no 2…l hate katrina Kaif

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