Gorgeous Dusky Beauties of Bollywood

Bollywood is full of beautiful women, of various backgrounds and nationalities. DESIblitz looks at the dusky beauties who have dominated the silver screen.

Bollywood’s Best Dusky Beauties

Dusky and traditional, Rekha wears a sari better than anyone else in the industry.

Bollywood has had many beautiful women gracing the silver screen. From the likes of Madhubala to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Whilst many fair and light eyed heroines have lit up the screen, throughout the years numerous dusky beauties have stunned on screen.

From the North and South of India, these diverse dusky beauties have exuded beauty in many forms. Whether they are former models, or simple traditional Indian beauties, these women have won the hearts of many with their charm.

DESIblitz rounds up some of Bollywood’s most loved Dusky beauties who have made their mark and are admired for their beautiful complexion.

Priyanka Chopra

Bollywood’s Best Dusky Beauties

This former Miss World had already conquered the modelling world, and when she entered Bollywood it did not take long for this beauty to win the hearts of her audience.

Oozing sensuality, Priyanka’s dusky complexion and unique voice has engrained her status as an adored actress.

Chitrangada Singh


This sultry beauty is undoubtedly a sexy dusky actress. Whether it’s her acting or her item songs, Chitrangada’s Desi charm is irresistible.

This former model’s impeccable figure and quirky dressing sense makes her one of the most fashionable dusky beauties on this list.

Sushmita Sen


Renowned for her beauty, this former Miss Universe is not short of receiving compliments for her amazing looks.

Tall, charismatic and talented, Sushmita Sen has earned herself the title as one of the most successful Indian models. Her rich skin tone, and enigmatic smile help her light up the screen in every frame.



Rekha’s iconic status is not only upheld by her incredible acting talent, but it is also supported by her evergreen beauty. Dusky and traditional, Rekha wears a sari better than anyone else in the industry.

Whether she is playing Umrao Jaan or a chic modern woman, her unmatchable on screen charisma is both versatile and unbeatable.

Kajol Devgn


Garnering most of her success in the 90’s, Kajol dominated the silver screen for almost a decade. Sizzling onscreen, this dusky beauty who holds both Bengali and Marathi lineage has an authentic Indian appeal to her beauty.

Also adding to her unique beauty is her choice to maintain her uni-brow, which distinguishes her from the rest of Bollywood’s actresses.

Rani Mukherjee


This Bengali beauty has lit up the screen with her distinctive hazel eyes and deep complexion. Her cuteness and likeability has made Rani one of the most loved stars of the 90’s.

Incredibly talented and versatile, Rani’s talent and on screen charisma has given her a successful career and stardom which many would aspire to attain.

Bipasha Basu


This long legged beauty, who is also a model turned actress is known for her dusky complexion and her effortless sultry appeal.

Sizzling on screen in item songs, and in bold roles, Bipasha is never shy in displaying her beauty.

Often regarded as having one of the best bikini bodies in Bollywood, Bipasha is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in Bollywood.

Deepika Padukone


Deepika’s big eyes and rich skin tone give her an authentic Indian look. This South beauty sizzles in both a sari and in a bikini.

Her chic fashion sense and graceful mannerisms, are what add to her elegant on screen charm. Her ability to carry off all clothing and styles are what make her a true superstar.

Smita Patil


This yesteryear beauty was most appreciated for her unique work in parallel cinema. Despite the gritty and often more realistic roles, Smita still oozed star quality on screen.

Even in simple clothing and make-up, Smita’s own natural on screen beauty was enough to make her an adored Bollywood actress. Cherished for her talent as well as her beauty, this dusky actress was definitely unique.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra


One of the sexiest women in Bollywood, Shilpa Shetty Kundra was and still is one of the hottest women in the industry. Her beautiful big eyes, dazzling smile and perfect figure are what make her stand out from the crowd.

Her rich complexion and dark thick tresses give her a distinctive on screen presence.

Despite what is often said about Bollywood and the presence of more fair skinned actresses, there have been many dusk beauties who have achieved both success and accolades.

Their natural beauty, and Desi charm make these dusky beauties perfect for roles in Hindi Cinema.

With their enviable figures, effortless charisma and star qualities, these dusky women are some of the most desirable actresses in the industry.

Momena is a Politics and International Relations student who loves music, reading and art. She enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and all things Bollywood! Her motto is: “Life is better when you're laughing.”

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