Check out the Top 10 Famous Bollywood Actresses who played Prostitute In Films
Legendary actress Meena Kumari's role in her Pakeezah is still being called as the original on-screen hooker in Hindi cinema. The golden-hearted Lucknow prostitute that she enacted in the film is still one of the best female characters played in Hindi film industry, because the filmmakers these days just don't make them like her anymore.
Another actress that classifies the role of a prostitute is none other than but the versatile actress Rekha. She just mesmerized everybody with her ada in the early 80s, with her film Umrao Jaan. The tragic tawaif, who had no luck in love and life and is left alone in a brothel, has drawn much appreciation from all over.
As we are speaking about period and dramas, this 2002 remake of old-cult film 'Devdas' is another one, which is to be remember when it comes to onscreen prostitute. Madhuri Dixit as the lovelorn Chandramukhi in the movie gave her own emotional touch. Needless to say, the Dhak-Dhak beauty as a tawaif won a number of awards for her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's remake version of 'Devdas' that starred Shah Rukh Khan in lead.
There are those exceptional courageous movies in Bollywood, which give a picture of the rotten stench of real life. Actress Tabu won many awards for her role as Mumtaz the bar dancer in 'Chandni Bar', including the National Film Award, who gets married to a gangster and has to opt the prostitution route to provide food for herself and her family. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, this one is a real eye-opener for the common people with half-baked ideas of a bar girl's life.
A light-hearted movie 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' saw Preity Zinta in one of the prostitute role, who acts and behaves like a funny girl, but is good at heart. It is a story of the transformation of a lowly prostitute to a groomed personality by a businessperson, played by Salman Khan, who needs her to be his childless wife's surrogate.
Prostitution is primarily not carried out by self-choice and is more from emotional pressures by family, circumstances or from evil sections of society. A similar kind of story is being portrayed here in this not-so-successful movie 'Market' that shows the under-age Manisha being sold off into the flesh trade by her new Arab sheikh husband. In a role that was surprisingly underrated, Manisha was brilliant as a hooker who goes on to punish herself.
Another actress who has also delivered superb roles as a prostitute is the very talented actress Rani Mukerji. She played Gulabji who narrates the story of 'Sawariya' and falls in love with the lead hero Ranbir Kapoor.
In addition, her best performance as a prostitute was in YRF's 'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag'. A heart-wrenching tale of what is the real story of many real-life prostitutes, the movie tells you about a girl who leaves her family to get a job in Mumbai to provide money for them, but ends up as a call girl.
Kalki enacts the character of a new-age Chandramukhi in her contemporary take on 'Devdas', titled as 'Dev.D'. In the film she is a high-class prostitute in night and a college student in day. It also throws light on one of the hottest phenomena that drags a civilized woman into the prostitution world, or rather becoming a call girl, and that is an MMS scandal. A strong woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it, Kalki's character adds a new aspect to the role of a prostitute in Bollywood.
Kareena Kapoor first played the role in 'Chameli', where she impresses Rahul Bose's character with her attitude of strength, kindness and compassion. It portrayed a kind of story where she was sold off into the flesh trade as a young girl by her uncle, which is actually usual occurrence in most parts of India.
The second movie where the actress plays a hooker is 'Talaash', which although does not stand in comparison with her role in 'Chameli', but even though gave a remarkable performance. The surprise element of her in the movie, and how her character is being used and has no importance in this 21st century, is being narrated in a nice manner.
We end this list with what prostitute roles in Bollywood have now come down to, which is very short and cameo appearances with no specific character sketch. Shruti Haasan, as the latest to join the brigade, delivers a good performance although in D-Day (2013), but has a very small role in the movie. She falls in love with a RAW agent, makes some lustful love, and eventually dies by terrorist people. However, when crowd-pulling tricks are given more importance than real cinema, this is what we end up with.