ASIAN DIVAS (OVER 40 YEARS)

by katka50 | created - 13 Jul 2012 | updated - 10 Sep 2012 | Public

1. Rekha

Actress | Koi... Mil Gaya

Bhanurekha was born in the Tamil-speaking Ganesan household on October 10, 1954. Her dad was the popular Tamil actor, Gemini, while her mom was a popular Telugu actress, Pushpavalli. She has seven sisters and one brother. One of her sisters is Dr. Kamala Selvaraj, while another one, Radha, lives in...

In her all movies, especially Umrao Jaan (1981), Lajja (2001), Zubeidaa (2001) and Yatra (2007)

2. Helen

Actress | Don

Helen was born in Burma to an Anglo Indian father named George Desmier and a Burmese mother named Marlene. Her father went missing during the Second World War. Her family migrated to India in 1942 as refugees in order to escape from the Japanese invasion of Burma. Helen was introduced to Bollywood ...

Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Mohabbatein (2000), Marigold (2007)

3. Nandita Das

Writer | Firaaq

Nandita Das was born on November 7, 1969 in Delhi, India. She is known for her work on Firaaq (2008), Fire (1996) and Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). She has been married to Subodh Maskara since January 5, 2010. They have one child. She was previously married to Saumya Sen.

Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Before the Rains ( 2007), Provoked (2007), I Am (2011)

4. Juhi Chawla

Actress | 3 Deewarein

Juhi was born in the Chawla family on November 13, 1967 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, and is the daughter of Punjabi-speaking dad, Dr. S. Chawla and Gujarati-speaking mom, Mona. She has a brother named Sanjeev. Her mother passed away in an accident during the year 1998 while Juhi was filming '...

Jhankaar Beat (2003), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Salaam-e-Ishq (2007), I AM (Indian Movie 2011)

5. Manisha Koirala

Actress | Dil Se..

Manisha Koirala (born 16 August 1970) is a Nepali actress who mainly appears in Bollywood, though she has worked in several South Indian and her native country's films. Noted for her acting prowess, Koirala is the recipient of several accolades, including four Filmfare Awards-and is one of India's ...

Dil Se (1998), Lajja (2001), I AM (Indian Movie 2011)

6. Raveena Tandon

Actress | Aks

Daughter of Bombay film industry (Bollywood) director Ravi Tandon. Raveena dropped out of Bombay's Meethibai College to pursue a career as a model with middling success. She made her movie debut with the flop _Pathar Ke Phool (1991)_. Her next few films were also failures and it was only with Andaz...

Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Soch (2002)

7. Shabana Azmi

Actress | Fire

One of the leading lights of the now-largely-defunct Indian New Wave, Shabana Azmi (alongside the late Smita Patil) was one of the main female actors who dominated the films of the so-called "Parallel Cinema" in India in the 1970s and 1980s. Born to noted Urdu progressive poet and lyricist Kaifi ...

The Bengali Night (1988), Umrao Jaan (2006)

8. Lillete Dubey

Actress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Lillete Dubey was born on September 7, 1953 in Pune, State of Bombay, India as Lillete Kiswani. She is an actress and assistant director, known for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015).

Bawandar (2000), Monsoon Wedding (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Aap Ki Khatir (2006), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) (In this English Movie she performanced a pure Indian Woman)

9. Tabu

Actress | Haider

Tabu is an Indian actress. She has mainly acted in Hindi films, though she has also starred in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali-language films, as well as one American film. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, and holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare's...

Border (1997), The Namesake (2007)

10. Sharmila Tagore

Actress | Abar Aranye

A Bengali actress who achieved success young, Sharmila appeared in numerous Bengali classics before making the jump to Hindi cinema, which first made her a romantic actress and later a legendary actress thanks to her intense films opposite Superstar Rajesh Khanna. A distant relative of poet ...

Eklavya(2007), Antaheen (2009), Break Ke Bad (2010)

11. Seema Biswas

Actress | Bandit Queen

Seema Biswas was born on January 14, 1965 in Nalbari, Assam, India. She is an actress, known for Bandit Queen (1994), Water (2005) and Khamoshi: The Musical (1996).

Bandit Queen (1994), Water (2005), Shaurya (2008)

12. Suhasini

Actress | Ramanujan

Suhasini was born on August 15, 1961 in Parmakudi, Madras State, India as Suhasini Charuhasan. She is an actress and writer, known for Ramanujan (2014), Sindhu Bhairavi (1985) and Sachin! Tendulkar Alla (2014). She has been married to Mani Ratnam since 1989. They have one child.

Rakhi (2006), Leader (2010)

13. Jaya Bhaduri

Actress | Kal Ho Naa Ho

In April 1948 Jabalpur-based, Bengali-speaking Indira and Tarun Kumar Bhaduri were blessed with a child they named Jaya, and enrolled in the St. Joseph's Convent School in Bhopal.

Her acting career started when she was 15 in a Bengali film Mahanagar. She became an actress in her own right in ...

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007)

14. Madhuri Dixit

Actress | Devdas

Born in a Marathi-speaking Koknastha Hindu Brahmin family consisting of dad, Shankar, mom, Snehlata, sisters, Rupa and Bharati, and brother, Ajit.

An acclaimed Kathak dancer, acting was not her goal, for she wanted to be a Micro-biologist, and did study in that course in Bombay's Parle College, in ...

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Lajja (2001), Devdas (2002), Aaja Nachle (2007)

15. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

In her all movies, especially: Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Mary from Beijing (1992), To live (1994), The Great Conqueror's Concubine (1994), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Shanghai (2010), What Women Want (2011)

16. Sylvia Chang

Actress | Er shi san shi si shi

Sylvia Chang was born on July 22, 1953 in Chiayi, Taiwan as Ai-chia Chang. She is an actress and writer, known for Er shi san shi si shi (2004), Zui ai (1986) and Xiang ai xiang qin (2017).

Shanghai Blues(1984), Tempting Heart (1999)20 30 40 (2004),

17. Anita Mui

Actress | Yan zhi kou

With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...

(She was Hong Kong singer, and well known her as an actress across the Asian region also. Unfortunately She died at the early age of 40) Last Song in Paris (1986), Rouge (1988),

18. Rosamund Kwan

Actress | Wong Fei Hung

Rosamund Kwan was born on September 24, 1962 in Hong Kong as Guan Ga Wei. She is an actress, known for Wong Fei Hung (1991), Jing gu jyun ga (1991) and Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung (1992). She was previously married to Pierre Chen and Guosheng Wang.

Casino Raiders (1989), Once Upon a Time in China, (1993)The Great Conqueror's Concubine (1994),

19. Valerie Chow

Actress | Chung Hing sam lam

Valerie Chow was born in Hong Kong as Ka-Ling Chow, the only daughter of a well-off family. In 1991, she won Miss Hong Kong Pageant as the first runner up. She went back to Hong Kong University to finish her law degree before returning, in 1993, to her acting career.

Chow's career kicked off with a ...

Ma Wing Jing (1997)

20. Misa Shimizu

Actress | Okoge

Misa Shimizu was born on September 25, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Okoge (1992), Shiko funjatta (1992) and Mirai no omoide: Last Christmas (1992). She has been married to Charles Bulkley since November 26, 1998. They have two children.

The Sea is Watching (2012)

21. Miho Nakayama

Actress | Love Letter

Miho Nakayama was born on March 1, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Love Letter (1995), Nami no kazu dake dakishimete (1991) and 2000-nen no koi (2000). She was previously married to Jinsei Tsuji.

Love Letter (1995), Love 2000 (TV Series 2000)

22. Joan Chen

Actress | Se, jie

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...

The Last Emperor (1987), Red Rose White Rose (1994), Jasmine Women (2004)

23. Saifei He

Actress | Se, jie

Saifei He was born on January 13, 1964 in Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Lust, Caution (2007), Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and Di hou wu gong dui (1995).

Raise the Red Lanern (1991), Lust, Caution (2007)

24. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996), Hero (2002), 2046 (2004)

25. Zeenat Aman

Actress | Don

Zeenat Aman was born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father Amanullah who was one of the writers for the classic "Mughal-e-Azam", on November 19th, 1951. Zeenat was an only child and her parents divorced when she was a little girl. A graduate of Saint Xavier's school in Bombay. Her father passed ...

Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Dharam Veer (1977), Don (1978)