Waheeda Rehman played the role of a good-hearted prostitute prostitute in a 1957 movie ‘Pyaasa’. That was her first major role in Hindi movie.
Meena Kumari’s role in her Pakeezah, a 1972 movie, is the original on-screen hooker in Hindi cinema. Meena, features as a Lucknow prostitute, is one of the best female characters played in Hindi film industry.
The versatile actress Rekha has played a role of a prostitute in the the early 80s film, Umrao Jaan. The movies features a tragic story of a mujra dancer who had no luck in love and life. Rekha’s role as the prostitute had been highly appreciated by the critics. Rekha was also featured as a prostitute in Aastha.
A 2002 remake of an old cult film ‘Devdas’ featured a new heartthrob of bollywood, Madhuri Dixit as an onscreen prostitute. Madhuri Dixit won a number of awards for her role in the movie featuring Shah Rukh Khan in lead.
Another actress, Tabu, won many awards for her role as a bar dancer in ‘Chandni Bar’, including the National Film Award.
In a fun filled movie ‘Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’ Preity Zinta is featured in a prostitutes role. The movie features a story of her transformation from a prostitute to a groomed personality.
The movie featuring Manisha Koirala as a prostitution was not-so-successful movie titled ’Market’. The actress is featured as a prostitute who was sold into flesh trade at young age.
Actress Rani Mukerji was featured as a prostitute in Sawariya. She was also featured as a prostitute in ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’. The movie made on a real story of many real-life prostitutes, is a story of a call girl who is forced into the trade to support her family.
In amovie ‘Dev D’ Kalki is featured as a high-class prostitute in the night and a college student in the day. The movie is about a strong woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it – adding a new aspect to the role of a prostitute in Bollywood movies.
Kareena Kapoor first played a prostitute’s role in ‘Chameli’. In the movie she was sold off into the flesh trade as a young girl by her uncle. Kareena is again featured as a hooker in ‘Talaash’.
Other actresses who were featured as prostitutes include:
Waheeda Rehman (Pyaasa)
Sharmila Tagore (Amar Prem / Mausam)
Priya Rajvansh (Hanste Zakhm)
Zeenat Aman (Manoranjan)
Meenakshi Seshadari (Allahrakha)
Sonam (Mitti Aur Sona)
Namrata Shirodkar (Vaastav)