The 70s Bollywood consisted of iconic fashion statements. Polka prints became popular after Dimple Kapadia sported a polka blouse in Bobby. Also, the hippie style came in trend after seeing the look of Zeenat Aman in the song Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Ideally, the 1970 Bollywood consisted of both the style statements from 1980 and 1990. Apart from fashion, the 1970 era is also known for some iconic movies and some amazing filmy talents. The career of the actresses is generally short-lived in the films. However, some Bollywood actresses of the 70s are still in the limelight.
1. Jaya Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan was a famous actress of her time and presented the Indian audiences with many Block bluster movies like Guddi, Abhiman, Mili, Sholay, and Zanjeer. She got married to actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter in law Aishwarya are also quite famous. Jaya Bachchan had also joined politics and became a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party. Due to some reason or other, Jaya manages to grab the limelight and is still remembered by the people today.
2. Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada was one of the most popular actresses of her time. She showcased her skills in the South as well as the Bollywood industry. The fifty-eight years old Bollywood actress and politician is popular till date.
3. Rakhee Gulzar
Rakhee was one of the most talented actresses, and she worked in the Bollywood industry for four decades. She had also won three Filmfare Awards and one national film awards.
4. Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore is considered one of the boldest actresses of her time. She has worked in Bollywood as well as the Bengali cinema. She won two national film awards and two Filmfare awards due to her impeccable performances in the film. She also led the censor board from 2004 to 2011.
5. Tina Ambani
Tina Ambani had acted in many famous Bollywood movies. She is married to business tycoon Anil Ambani. She is also the chairperson of the Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony Art Foundation, and Harmony for Silvers Foundation.
6. Hema Malini
Popularly known as the dream girl of Bollywood, Hema Malini had worked in several blockbuster Hindi movies. Her acting career commenced with Sapno Ka Saudagar, and after that, she acted as the lead role in many other superhit movies. Apart from being a successful actress, she is also a good writer, director, dancer, producer, and politician. She is married to the actor Dharmendra. Hema Malini was considered one of the highest-paid actresses of her time.
Vyjayanthimala was also included in the list of the most popular actresses of her time. She is also a skilled Bharatanatyam dancer, dance choreographer, Carnatic singer, and parliamentarian.
8. Tanuja Mukherjee
Tanuja Mukherjee popular as Tanuja has acted in many famous Hindi and Bengali movies. Her impeccable acting skills won her several accolades. Her daughter Kajol is also a famous Bollywood actress.
The real name of Mumtaz is Mumtaz Madhvani. She was once the most sought actresses of the Bollywood industry. She won Filmfare Award for the best actress for the movie Khilona in 1971.
Rekha’s original name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She is considered to be one of the finest actresses of Hindi Cinema. She commenced her Bollywood career in 1970 with Sawan Bhadon. She has acted in more than one hundred eighty Hindi movies. Rekha has always managed to grab the spotlight for good or bad reasons. Her personal life was under speculation by Public as she had failed marriages with industrialist Mukesh Aggarwal and Vinod Mehra.
Her ex-husband Mukesh Aggarwal had committed suicide due to depression, and due to this, she was even called ‘witch’ by many people. But Rekha had soon proven the allegations to be false. She was also rumoured to be in a relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. She is still glamorous and can make any man go weak in his knees. She is currently a member of Rajya Sabha and is often spotted in the award shows.
11. Mala Sinha
Mala Sinha was considered to be the most popular actress of her time. She had acted in many Hindi, Bengali, and Nepali movies. This Kolkata born actress was considered to be the top leading actress in Bollywood movies. Currently she is still popular.
12. Zeenat Aman
Zeenat Aman’s original name was Zeenat Khan. This model turned actress was popular for her bold looks in the 70s and 80s. She acted in the lead role of many Blockbuster Hindi movies including Satyam Sivam Sundaram, and Don.
13. Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi is remembered for her out of the box and reformist roles. She played many women-centric roles and amazed the audiences with her impeccable acting skills. She has acted in numerous Hindi and Bengali films and had won several accolades, including Filmfare Awards. Shabana Azmi is a committed social activist and often catches the media’s attention.
14. Neetu Singh
Neetu Singh was famous in Bollywood for her bubbly personality and her amazing acting skills. She is still popular, and his son Ranbir Kapoor is also a popular actor in Bollywood. His late husband Rishi Kapoor was also a famous actor.
15. Reena Roy
Reena Roy appeared in many Bollywood films in lead role from 1972 to 1985. She was one of the highest paid actress of her time and was known for playing glamorous and female-oriented roles.