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15 Dark Skin Bollywood Actress Who proved Hard Work is the Key to Success

We all know how colorism matters in Indian society. Being fair skin is considered beautiful, disrespecting the talent of a person. Many companies take advantage of it and earn money by selling fair products. In Bollywood, all actresses must have fair and glorious skin. However, going against such a negative thought process some dark skin Bollywood actress proved that they are not minor to anyone in terms of beauty and hard work is the key to success. In this guide, we are talking about the top 15 dusky beauties of Bollywood who ruled the industry. 

Dark Skin Bollywood Actress

  1. Konkana Sen
  2. Bipasha Basu
  3. Esha Gupta
  4. Lara Dutta
  5. Rekha
  6. Chitrangada Singh
  7. Vidya Balan
  8. Kajol
  9. Tanushree Dutta
  10. Rani Mukerji
  11. Sushmita Sen
  12. Malaika Arora
  13. Priyanka Chopra
  14. Shilpa Shetty
  15. Deepika Padukone

#1.  Konkana Sen

dark skin Bollywood actress

Born: 3 December 1979

Place: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Years Active: 2000-present

Spouse(s): Ranvir Shorey (m. 2010, div. 2015)

Children (s): 1

Awards: National Film Award for Best Actress (2003), Zee Cine Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2007), Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress (2007, 2008)

Konkona Sen is one of the top actresses in Bollywood and won two National Awards including Filmfare Awards. This dark skin Bollywood actress shows her excellent acting skill in the ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Journey of a Woman’ movie. On top of this, some of her best films are Omkara, Life in a Metro, and Page 3. 

#2. Bipasha Basu

dusky skin actress

Born:  7 January 1979

Place: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Years Active: 1996-present

Spouse(s): Karan Singh Grover ​(m.2016)

Awards: Best Female Debut (2001), Best Actress (2002), Best Supporting Actress (2005), Best Supporting Actress (2008)

The beautiful Indian actress works in many different languages, including Bengali, Telugu, English, and Hindi. In our childhood, we were all scared after watching Bipasha Basu’s acting in the Raaz movie. This dark skin Bollywood actress in Bollywood has also appeared in the Raaz 3 and shows her talent and dedication towards work. Besides, for the Ajnabee movie, Bipasha received the Best Female Debut. She gives us many blockbuster movies, including Race, Jism, Phir Hera Pheri, No Entry, and many others. 

#3. Esha Gupta

dark-complexion actress in Bollywood

Born: 28 November 1985

Place: New Delhi, India

Years Active: 2007-present

Awards: Stardust Award (2013), Zee Cine Award (2013), BIG Zee Entertainment Awards (2017), Star Screen Award (2014)

Esha Gupta, the former Miss International is another dark skin Bollywood actress. She will always be remembered for her role in Jannat 2. Her acting in Baadshaho, Total Dhamaal, Raaz 3, and Rustom is highly appreciated by the audiences. 

#4. Lara Dutta

dusky beauties of bollywood

Born: 16 April 1978

Place: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India[

Years Active: 1995-present

Spouse(s): Mahesh Bhupathi ​(m. 2011)

Children: 1

Awards: Filmfare Award (2004)

Lara Dutta won the Miss Universe in 2000. She started her career with the Andaaz movie which was a super hit movie and she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. In Don 2, she appeared opposite SRK and played a negative role. Lara Dutta had extraordinary roles in movies like Housefull, Singh is Bling, Bhagam Bhag, and so forth. 

#5. Rekha

dusky actress Rekha

Born: 10 October 1954

Place: Madras, Madras State, India

Years Active: 1958-present

Awards: National Award (1981), IIFA ( 2003, 2012), Filmfare Award (1981, 1989, 1997, 2003)

Do you know when Rekha stepped into the Indian film industry, she was called ‘ Kaali’? Later this dusky skin actress is considered one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of all time. Her acting in the Umrao Jaan movie honored her with the Filmfare Award. With her sexy body attraction and amazing acting skills, she will remain forever in the fans’ hearts. Some of her best works are, Silsila, Ijazat, Muqaddar ka Sikandar and many more. 

#6. Chitrangada Singh

bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh

Born: 30 August 1976

Place: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Years Active: 2005-present

Spouse(s): Jyoti Singh Randhawa (m. 2010, div. 2014)

Children (s): 1

Awards: Best Female Debut (2006), FICCI Young Women Achiever Award (2009)

Indian actress Chitrangada Singh also shows her magic in the Hindi film industry. Her acting in Yeh Saali Zindagi and Desi Boyz won audiences’ hearts. Apart from this, her acting in the Inkaar, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, I, me aur mein are liked a lot by the viewers. 

#7. Vidya Balan

dusky beauties of bollywood Vidya Balan

Born: 1 January 1979

Place: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Years Active: 1995, 2003–present

Spouse(s): Siddharth Roy Kapur ​(m. 2012)

Awards: Padma Shri (2014), Filmfare Award for Best Actress ( 2008, 2012, 2013), Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut ( 2006)

We include Vidya Balan in the dusky actresses list of Bollywood. She is one of the most talented actresses in Bollywood. She started her career with the Parineeta movie and her roles in The Dirty Picture, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, No One Killed Jessica is highly appreciated by the audiences. 

#8. Kajol


Born: 5 August 1974

Place: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Years Active: 1992–present

Spouse(s): Ajay Devgn ​(m. 1999)

Children(s): 2

Awards: Padma Shri ( 2011), Filmfare Award for Best Actress ( 2002, 2007, 2011), Zee Cine Award for Best Actress ( 1999, 2007)

For the last 25 years, Kajol has been an integral part of Bollywood. Kajol is famous for her straightforward nature. Kajol ruled the Hindi film industry with her superb acting skills and versatility. She gave some remarkable performances in the Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Baazigar movie. Kajol is among one of those dusky beauties of Bollywood who proved when it comes to talent and acting skills, skin color doesn’t matter. 

#9. Tanushree Dutta

dark skin bollywood  actress

Born: 19 March 1984

Place: Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), Indi

Years Active: 2005-2010

Tanushree Dutta catches the attention of the audience because of her sexy look and dusky skin. Let’s admit it, we all watch the Aashiq Banaya Aapne song several times. Tanushree Dutta might not win any awards regarding her beautiful look but she is a sexy dark skin Bollywood actress of all time. 

#10. Rani Mukerjee

dark skin actress Rani Mukerjee

Born: 21 March 1978

Place: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Years Active: 1996–present

Spouse(s): Aditya Chopra ​(m. 2014)

Children(s): 1

Awards: Star Screen Awards, Best Supporting Actress at the 44th Filmfare Awards, Lux Face of the Year accolades, Zee Cine Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

During his 20 years film career, Rani Mukherjee achieves so many awards. This dark complexion actress in Bollywood becomes a part of some of the blockbuster movies, including Black, Veer Zaara, and many others. From an engaging movie  Hum Tum to a female-oriented movie Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, Rani Mukherjee never disappointed her fans. Her other significant movie is Ta Ra Rum Pum that shows parents can do anything to make their child happy. 

#11. Sushmita Sen

dark complexion actress Susmita sen

Born: 19 November 1975

Place: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,

Years Active:  1996- present

Partner: Rohman Shawl ( 2018-present)

Children(s): 2

Awards: Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress ( 2000), Zee Cinema Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role ( 2000, 2003)

Do you know that Sushmita Sen won the Miss India Pageant award against Aishwarya Rai who was famous for her beautiful eyes and fair skin? After that, she consistently maintains her charm. Still, she is a beautiful icon for new actresses. 

#12. Malaika Arora

dusky actresse Malaika Arora


Born: 23 October 1973

Place: Thane, Maharashtra, India

Years Active: 1997-present

Spouse(s): Arbaaz Khan (m. 1997, div. 2017)

Partner: Arjun Kapoor (2016–present)

Children: 1

Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Film (2011), Indian Telly Award for Best Judge Panel ( 2014)

This dark skin Bollywood actress doesn’t need any introduction in Bollywood. Who will forget her sexy look and excellent dancing steps in the ‘ Munni Badnaam Hui’ song? Apart from this, we see Malaika’s glamorous style in the ‘ Maahi Ve’ and ‘ Chaiyya Chaiyya’ songs. 

#13. Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra dark skin Bollywood actress

Born: 18 July 1982

Place: Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India

Years Active: 2002- present

Spouse(s): Nick Jonas ​(m. 2018)

Awards: “Nielsen Box Office Award” for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema ( 2009), New Talent of the Decade – Female ( 2010), Best Actress ( 2005)

The former Miss World and well-known Bollywood, as well as Hollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, has won 5 Filmfare Awards and 1 National Award. On top of this, she was listed in the top 100 influential women of the world in Time Magazine. In 2016, Priyanka Chopra has honored with the Padma Shri award. 

#14. Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty

Born: 8 June 1975

Place: Mangalore, Karnataka, India[

Years Active: 1993-present

Spouse(s): Raj Kundra ​(m. 2009)

Children(s): 2

Awards: Zee Cinema Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role ( 2008), Star Parivaar Award for Star Personality (2013)

This dark complexion actress in Bollywood made her debut with the Baazigar (1993) movie. Her performance in the Main Khiladi Tu Anari movie was simply superb. She also had memorable roles in movies like Rishtey, Jaanwar, and Dhadkan. Present-days, Shilpa Shetty is also a successful trainer. 

#15. Deepika Padukone

top dark skin actress Deepika Padukone

Born:  5 January 1986

Place: Copenhagen, Denmark

Years Active: 2005-present

Spouse(s): Ranveer Singh ​(m. 2018)

Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Actress ( 2014, 2016), Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut ( 2008)

In recent days, Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood. Besides, she was ranked in the top 100 influential women in 2018- a list prepared by Time Magazine. Deepika Padukone started her career with the Om Shanti Om movie- opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Apart from this, her role in the Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat movies is excellent. 


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Bottom Lines…

For the last few decades, dark skin Bollywood actresses are ruling the industry. They have sexy looks, attractive figures, and excellent acting skills. So, if you are searching for the most talented and beautiful dusky beauties of Bollywood, have a look at this guide as here we have prepared a list of the top 15 dark-skin actresses in Bollywood who will surely steal your heart. 

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