The 30’s League of Bollywood

Earlier, actresses would be type cast into playing sister in law, elder sister or even a mother in films as soon as they crossed the 30’s mark. But times change and so does Bollywood. An actress is considered hot when she turns 30 and becomes one of the most sought after ones in the industry. Here’s a list of the 30 plus actresses who are ruling Bollywood today.

Chitrangada Singh:

She stormed into Bollywood with Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi and the film was critically acclaimed. Her marriage to Jyoti Randhawa and a subsequent motherhood kept her away from the silver screen for some year. She returned with some not so popular films like Ye Saali Zindagi and Sorry Bhai but her ultimate launch pad was Desi Boys where she donned a super glamorous avatar and film contracts came pouring in. Now she has Race 2 and I Me Aur Main in her kitty apart from a raunchy item number in Joker.

Lara Dutta:
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She is the former Miss Universe and now the wife of Mahesh Bhupati and mother of a toddler. But being a householder now, she hasn’t given up on her fitness. She has already signed her next film and released her Parental yoga DVD for expecting mothers.

Bipasha Basu

She is 33 now and already has a Hollywood film to her credit. This former Gladrags super model had started out in the Bhatt camp but ended up becoming a globally known actress without the help of any Godfather. Her Hollywood venture ‘Singularity’ will surely bring more success to this dusky beauty.


Who can forget the Shah Rukh- Kajol pair in DDLJ? They immortalized on screen romance with this subtle romantic movie. In real life however her hubby Ajay Devgan  is her love and they are perhaps the cutest couple in Bollywood. Marriage spelled a break from movies for Kajol but she came back to woo her fans with Fanaa opposite Aamir Khan. This actress maintains her bubbly image even after becoming the mother of two kids.

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Her smile is like a thousand bulbs being lit at the same time. She was a top notch actress during her “Black” days but her career slowed down after Babul. She resurfaced with a bang in No One Killed Jessica and the audience couldn’t have enough of her bold and raw avatar. She is 34 now and will be seen in a lavani item number in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Aiyya’

Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai

She is definitely the most beautiful woman on Earth and proud mum of a tiny 6 month old. Aishwarya Rai has come a long way since Devdas when she was just 28. Ten years hence, her aura remains unmatched. Although her post baby flabs are engaging some unwanted media gossip but this does not perturb this woman of substance.

Kareena Kapoor

The youngest in the 30’s league, Kareena Kapoor is the highest paid actress in Bollywood today. She has some really amazing films to her credit like Jab We Met and Kurban. In Kurban she had starred opposite her better half Saif Ali Khan. It would be interesting to note that she is the first actress to have played the love interest of all the three Khans (Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir) on screen.

Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan

After Dirty Picture and Kahani, Vidya Balan does not need an introduction. This 34 year old actress has proved her worth in the industry and now almost every director wants a part of Vidya in their films. Take the example of the recent “Mala Jau De” number from Ferrari Ki Sawari. Vidya’s item number is already a hit and it helped promoting this relatively non starry film.