5 Memorable Vamps of Bollywood

  1. Nadira 

She was one of the bold actresses in Bollywood who played her roles so convincingly.  She had that evil and killer expression that can intimidate anyone.  Her most memorable roles have been Aan, Shree 420, Pakeezah. She started her career in 1952 with the movie Aan and thereafter played a stylish vamp in most of her movies. 


2. Lalitha Pawar 

Lalita Pawar, the most dangerous mother-in-law of Bollywood and the first Vamp. She has acted in over 700 films in various languages and wanted to be a heroine when she started out. However, at the age of 25, she was slapped by film actor Bhagwan Dada for her mistake while shooting. The slap was so hard that a nerve near her left eye burst, which resulted in a permanent damage to her face. As a result, she was forced to take on character roles. 

3. Bindu 

She was known to be the Sex Symbol of the seventies and applauded for her mesmerising performances in films like Imtihaan and Hawas. In the eighties, she was even featured as evil mother-in-law conspiring against main protagonists. She acted in over 160 films over a period of four decades. She also played a seductress and excelled in cabaret dance numbers which were so mandatory in each and every movie in the 70s.   

4. Shashi Kala 

This Padma Shri award-winning actress was majorly seen as the second lead in the film who connived and plotted against all other characters, especially the heroine. She played either the vivacious carefree or completely negative characters. Her remarkable film performances include Sujata, Aarti and Gumrah while she got the Filmfare award in supporting category for the latter two films. Shashikala finally got rewarded with Lifetime Achievement Award at V.Shantaram Awards in 2009. 

5. Helen 

Helen was the hottest and most wanted dancer in Bollywood in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Her dance moves were so graceful, but unfortunately, she was considered as a vamp because of her bold moves and bitsy roles that required her to play a seductress.  Her graceful looks proved useful in emphasising the character gap between the modernised vamp and the conventional heroine.