Bollywood movies are mostly male oriented, but there are also few actresses who won the hearts of many people. The heroines with their style and grace swept many hearts. Bollywood gave many good female protagonists in 80s who ruled the industry in that decade. The list includes
and much more.
‘Sridevi’ was the first female superstar of the industry. After making her mark in Tamil cinema, she made her debut with Solva Sawan in 1979 which was a flop movie. She became famous for her role in Himmatwala in 1983. Himmatwala was the blockbuster of the year. Sridevi is well known for her role as ‘Icchadhari Naagin’ in the movie ‘Nagina’ in 1986. Sridevi has proved her versatile acting skills with some blockbuster like Mr. India, ‘Chaalbaaz’, Jaag Utha Insaan, and ‘Sadma’.
2. Meenakshi Seshadri
‘Painter Babu’, the debut film of Meenakshi was not a hit. She gained her popularity with the movie ‘
’ in the direction of . The film starring her and
gave her overnight success. She was given the critical acclaim in the movie ‘
’ for her role. With her films like Meri Jung, Dacait, Inaam Dus Hazar and ‘Shahenshah’, she was the star actress of eighties.
3. Jaya Prada
’, the Hindi remake of Siri Siri Muvva was the debut movie of Jaya Prada. She is well known for her work in ‘Sharabi’ in 1984 and ‘Sanjog’ in 1985. Jaya made a successful team with Sridevi, her screen rival for the movie ‘Tohfa’ where both the actresses played roles of sacrificing sisters. She was also a successful team with ‘
’ and for movies ‘Mawali’, ‘Aulad’ and Aaj Ka Arjun. She was one of the leading actresses of the eighties.
4. Poonam Dhillon
Poonam Dhillon got her big role in ‘’s film ‘Noorie’ in 1979 starring her and
. She and
made a great pair in eighties giving successful movies like Red Rose, ‘Awaam’, and ‘
’. She was known as the cutest actress of the industry. Her other commendable works include ‘Naam’, ‘Trishul’, ‘
Yeh Vaada Raha
Amrita Singh’s debut movie ‘Betaab’ in 1983 was a hit movie starring her and
. She was an awesome pair with Sunny Deol,
and Amitabh Bachchan. She acted in many hit movies like Sunny, Mard, ‘Saaheb’, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Naam, and ‘Khudgarz’. She is also well known for her antagonist roles in the movies Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and ‘Alaina’. She was one of the good actresses of eighties. She took a break from the movies and came back in 2002 with “23rd March 1931: Shaheed”.
Starting her career as a child artist, Padmini’s debut movie as a heroine was Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai. The film did not perform well at the box office, but her next venture with
“Prem Rog” in 1982 was a blockbuster. She got the Filmfare Best Actress for the movie. Her other films include ‘Souten’, Pyar Jhukta Nahi, Woh Saat Din and ‘Vidhata’.
‘Jawaani’, the debut movie of Neelam was a flop. She got her fame with the debut film of ‘
’ in 1986. She and Govinda made an outstanding pair giving several hits like “Love 86”, ‘Sindoor’, Khudgarz, ‘Hatya’, and ‘Taaqatwar’. She also gave many hits with like Aag Hi Aag, Paap Ki Duniya and Ghar Ka Chiraag. She started losing her charm in the early nineties, but she was a leading actress in late eighties.
After being successful in South Indian Cinema, Rati Agnihotri made her Bollywood debut with the movie "Ek Duuje Ke Liye" opposite
with whom she had already worked. The movie was a blockbuster hit and made Rati a star overnight. She acted in about 43 movies. Some of which were Farz Aur Kanoon, Coolie, Tawaif, and Hukumat. She left the industry at the peak of her success for settling down in her marriage.
Madhuri’s debut film ‘Abodh’ in 1984 was a flop followed by a series of flop movies like Awara Baap, Manav Hatya, Uttar Dakshin, ‘
’ and Khatron Ke Khiladi. She got her public recognition with the romantic thriller ‘Tezaab’ in 1988 in she was paired with Anil Kapoor. Her iconic dance on the song Ek Do Teen is still remembered. Her next venture Ram Lakhan was also a hit movie. Her role in Prem Pratigya opposite
was critically acclaimed. She also acted in the superhit film ‘Tridev’. The late eighties marked the success of the Dhak Dhak girl and made her one of the leading actresses of Bollywood.
’, the debut movie of Farah was a failure, but she had many offers. She acted in many hit films like Marte Dam, Naseeb Apna Apna, Love 86, ‘Imaandar’, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, ‘Rakhwala’, and ‘
’. Her best roles have been in movies Kaarnama, Woh Phir Alegi, and ‘Begunaah’.