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Top 5 Underrated Bollywood Actresses

When it comes to Bollywood, there are always beautiful talents that go underappreciated and unrecognized. But because of websites like ours, some of them could get the attention and the recognition they deserve. Here are some rather skillful actresses who are underrated for some biased reasons.

Related - Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 1], Top 5 Overrated Bollywood Actresses [Part 2]

5. Sonakshi Sinha

Bagging the Filmfare for the best female debut for 'Dabangg', Sonakshi Sinha is one such actress who started gloriously. If it wasn't for the biased illustration of an ideal Bollywood actress and a few bad scripts, Sonakshi would've been one of the favourite artists in the industry today. She hasn't been very wise by making blunders like 'R Rajkumar', 'Son of Sardaar' and 'Action Jackson' but has never lacked skill in any of her performances. If you have watched 'Lootera', 'Noor' and 'Ittefaq' then you know that she is a versatile actress too. Given a few good opportunities, Sonakshi is the one that can definitely make it big in Bollywood. 

4. Aditi Rao Hydari

It's not every day that a professional Bharatnatyam dancer makes her way into the show business but being one of the most well-received supporting actresses, Aditi has come a long way since 'Sringaram'. The central reason that she's in this list is that of the under-appreciation she gets for bringing grace, innocence and elegance to every character she plays. Her noteworthy roles include 'Yeh Saali Zindagi', 'Kaatru Veliyidai', 'Bhoomi' and 'Padmaavat'. But maybe because of her disinterest in being a part of special songs or plotless commercial movies, she remains underrated. The balance that she maintains in both Bollywood and the South Indian Film industries are admirable and it's only a matter of time that she acquires the remarkable fame she deserves.

3. Konkana Sen Sharma

This name made me wonder how an actress, director and a writer with two national film awards and four Filmfare awards can stay incognito for so long but then again, Konkana is an actress who prefers privacy and no paparazzi means no popularity these days right? She is by far the most wondrous yet underrated actress of them all even though the awards and critics depict otherwise. Her nearly perfect portrayals in movies like 'Talwar', 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', 'Mr.and Mrs Iyer' and 'Dosar' are rudely ignored and she is still the boring heroine from 'Wake Up Sid!' to many people. Due to these reasons, Konkana Sen remains a beautiful pearl hidden in the unnoticed shell even today. 

2. Parineeti Chopra

Now, I know that a lot of people may not agree with me, but it's my personal opinion that Parineeti Chopra is quite underrated for her talent in Bollywood. People say that she plays the loud Punjabi foodie in her every movie but her acting in 'Hasee Toh Phasee', 'Meri Pyaari Bindu' and 'Kill Dil' stands against this speculation. She also won the Filmfare for the Best Female Debut for 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl' which points out that she's not another tactless star kid, much similar to Sonakshi Sinha. She has had comparatively a low number of bad movies in her list and its visible that she's growing considering her on hand weight loss and the start of her singing career. All I would want to say is that its evident that we can expect some laudable movies and versatility from Parineeti in the near future.

1. Kalki Koechlin

Being one of the most eligible artists we've ever known, Kalki Koechlin tops this list of Top 5 Underrated Bollywood Actresses for obvious reasons. She studied drama in Goldsmiths University of London, has won various awards for the plays that she has written and staged, is an activist who talks about woman empowerment, health and education. She also hosted a travel show and has a National film award which is just like a cherry on top. But clearly, most people fail to acknowledge her skill and I'll give you some probable reasons for that. 

Reason #1: She is French and its obvious that any actress with a foreign background will remain as a secondary consideration.

Reason #2: She is not a suitable choice for playing as an eye candy or a dancer and we all know where the actresses like Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone and Katrina Kaif get their share of attention and fame from, unlike Kalki. 

Reason #3: She has made YouTube videos, films and plays on some highly independent, in other words, hush-hush subjects like 'Margarita with a Straw', 'It's Your Fault (AIB)' and 'Man's World'.  Not everyone is okay with expressing their opinions on such touchy topics and therefore avoid watching anything about them. Truth is, Kalki is an amazing actress also being a very unpredictable one nevertheless worth looking out for.

-A Top 5 List by Nikitha Kashyap aka Wonder Woman
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