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From Roop to Rani Padmavati; 6 iconic royal avatars played by Bollywood actresses

Watching our Bollywood actresses essaying a royal queen on silverscreen is sheer delight!

Reshu Manglik Written by: Reshu Manglik New Delhi Updated on: April 27, 2019 19:24 IST
alia bhatt deepika padukone in royal avatar

From Roop to Rani Padmavati; 6 iconic royal avatars played by Bollywood actresses 

Our Bollywood actresses have been giving their cent percent while bringing a role to reality on silverscreen. We remember so many artists who have played larger than life roles in movies, and among them the royal lady avatars were the most commendable ones. It takes immense command on the character to portray a queen or a princess on screen. And more than that, it is difficult to keep your superstar air behind and hop into the shoes of a queen who existed a couple of centuries ago. Wearing terrifically heavy jewellery and dresses, these actresses have proved that taking a dive back in time isn’t a problem for them. Let’s have a look into some of the most iconic royal characters played by Bollywood divas. 

Alia Bhatt as Roop in Kalank

This is the first time Alia Bhatt played a royal character in a film. In Kalank, she essayed the role of Roop, who is the daughter-in-law of a high-placed family in India before partition. Dressed in intricately-embroidered attires, Alia Bhatt was looking beautiful beyond words in Kalank. 

Aishwarya Rai as Jodha in Jodha Akbar 

With minimal makeup and extremely weighty jewellery, Aishwarya Rai gave us a realistic glimpse of what Jodha Bai must have looked like centuries ago. The wedding ensemble she wore in the film was the most difficult to carry. It weighed around 3.5 kgs! And despite the weight, Aish managed to sport a calm and composed countenance on her face. 

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Aishwarya Rai in Jodha Akbar

Priyanka Chopra as Kashi Bai in Bajirao Mastani

When someone mentions Kashi Bai, it reminds me of the iconic dialogue ‘Aap humse humari zindagi maang lete, hum aapko khushi khushi de dete, par aapne toh humse humara guroor hi cheen liya’. 

India Tv - Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani

Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani

Whenever Priyanka Chopra appeared on the screen in Bajirao Mastani, it was nearly impossible to sway your sight away for a second. With no heavy jewelleries or costumes, Priyanka outshone as Kashi Bai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. One cannot forget her graceful lavani dance in Pinga. 

Deepika Padukone as Mastani in Bajirao Mastani

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani had not one but two ethereal beauty on showcase. While Priyanka stood out as Kashi Bai, Deepika Padukone’s calm and composed manner as Mastani ruled several hearts even to this day. Although, she looks beautiful in everything she dons, but Ms Padukone as Mastani is engraved on our heart forever. 

India Tv - Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani

Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani

Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmavati

The Piku actress has proved her mettle in regal avatars with second period film in a row. With the release of its first look, Deepika Padukone became the talk of the B-town for her majestic avatar as Rani Padmini. According to the reports, she wore heavy costumes which weighed 30 kgs and costed approximately 20 lakh each! Although the film is yet to come, her look is already imprinted on our minds. 

India Tv - Deepika Padukone in Padmavati

Deepika Padukone in Padmavati

Karisma Kapoor as Zubeida 

It’s been more than a decade, cinephiles still remember Karisma Kapoor’s one of the best performances on big screen. It was her essaying the role of a queen Zubeida in Shyam Benegal’s period film. Karisma’s beauty and volume of emotions were critically lauded at that time. Even to this day, when you come across a picture from the film, you can’t help but say ‘Wow’. 

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Karisma Kapoor in Zubeida

Did we miss out on something? Tell us in the comment section, we would be happy to include that in our list.