Think of Bollywood, and you think of the heroines, their unmatched beauty and charming personality which have been ruling the hearts of many for decades now. When it comes to actresses, there is a certain mould in which we try to typecast them. The mould has been changing with the changing times. But there have been those, who were able to break these conventional stereotype moulds thrust upon them.
She was leading the scene when heroines were typecast into homely looks and she broke all the rules with her charming goddess like beauty. She defied the conventional mould with a bohemian outlook and was well known for doing things, completely considered taboo in the society then. And she was the leading lady in many Hindi movies during the 70s and 80s, which became a huge hit.
The first thing that crosses your mind when you hear her mind is her sensual looks. Again she was part of the scene in the 70s and 80s when women were typically draped in yards of sarees. She was considered a pin-up model, sporting a hippie look, flaunting her curves in sexy outfits which were not part of the conventional look for a heroine in that period. She ruled the hearts of many during her stint.
She started out as a newsreader, before she was launched into Bollywood. What set her apart was that she did not feature in just commercial ventures, but did quite a lot of movies which varied in their subject. She is known for her beauty and screen presence and the fact that her eyes could speak was an added plus. She is remembered even today for her unconventional movies.
She was initially considered to be too boyish looking and tall for being a heroine in the Bollywood. But she tried relentlessly to create a place for her in the movie industry with her strong acting skills and is well respected now for her prowess. Her movies continue to be far from the conventional stereotypical movies while she has also featured in many such commercial ventures too. Her talent has ensured that she continues to act, while many of her contemporaries have long retired from the scene.
She is a charming lady with plenty of charisma. She believes in working only in a movie that has a strong worthy script and is more realistic. You would very rarely see her in the conventional commercial movies. She has broken the moulds of being a heroine who is known only for beauty and personality but has won many accolades purely on the strength of her skills and talent.
She was ridiculed for her looks, specifically her teeth, but that did not stop her from being successful. She has taken upon many off-beat roles, turned down by other heroines, and created a strong place for herself in the industry with her impeccable acting skills.
This is not an exhaustive list. There are many more actresses who have managed to be unconventional in their career like Richa Chaddha, Shabana Azmi,Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, etc.