‘Breaking the Taboo’: 8 Yesteryear Actresses that Stunned Our Grandparents

Bollywood beauties have been taking the world by storm since the 90s with their bikini bodies. It was that era when being called sexy or hot was sensed to be derogatory. But despite the odds, these actresses sizzled on the big screen in bikinis with elegance and confidence.

Bollywood’s inducement in Bikinis started in the 1960s when the actress, Tanuja Chandra sported one in the movie, Chand Aur Suraj. Not just Tanuja, in the past, many actors and actresses have done much bolder photoshoots and scenes in movies that were controversial in their own time.


Here are seven yesteryear actresses who sizzled with their bold avatars in movies:

Sharmila Tagore

This Bengali beauty was the first Indian actress who dared to don swimwear for the cover of a magazine. She also wore a blue swimsuit in her 1967 movie with Shammi Kapoor, An Evening in Paris, which created a stir among the Indian audience back then.

Zeenat Aman

Former Miss India and Miss Asia Pacific was considered the sexiest woman on the planet back then. With her killer looks, the yesteryear actress totally dominated the industry. She changed the way people looked at Indian cinema when she donned a colorful bikini in Hera Panna, in 1973.


Madhuri Dixit

The nation’s heartthrob Madhuri Dixit’s impressive dance moves and her blue swimwear from Tezaab, in 1988 created a benchmark for the Industry.

Rakhee Gulzar

This gorgeous Diva’s most memorable role was in Sharmilee, where she donned a tempting swimsuit for a scene. The movie became a hit because of that scene and her iconic pairing with Shashi Kapoor.


Parveen Babi

Parveen Babi running on a beach in a bikini became a high point of the 1982 movie, Yeh Nazdeekiyan. She had set some really high bikini body goals for girls back then.



Mandakini’s waterfall dance in a flimsy white saree became a pop culture phenomenon and was seen as a savvy way to avoid the censor board’s strict guidelines. The scene was from the film Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

Dimple Kapadia

The actress donning swimsuits in her debut movie, Bobby, in 1973 shook the entire industry.

Simi Grewal

Simi Grewal was considered to be one of the boldest actresses of her time. Many remember her for going all out for Mera Naam Joker where a young Rishi Kapoor follows his favorite Anglo-Indian teacher to the bushes, watching her strip as she gets out of her wet clothes.