These women made headlines for everything from their onscreen histrionics to their coiffures during the sixties.
Asha Parekh got an early start in movies thanks to Bimal Roy when she was just twelve years old. After a record number of hits like Teesri Manzil and Love in Tokyo, she started directing and producing television serials. She also became the first woman to head the Central Board of Film Certification and was the treasurer for the Cine and Television Artists Association.
Babita acted in just eighteen odd movies like Farz and Haseena Maan Jaayegi, cutting short her career in show business by marrying Randhir Kapoor. Her daughters Karishma and Kareena carried her torch.
Like Parekh, Mumtaz made her debut in Bollywood when she was twelve. It took several small roles as an extra and supporting actress before she became the leading lady in movies like Do Raaste and Khilona.
The Bengali beauty Sharmila Tagore won several awards for her performances in Mausam and Araadhna. She raised conservative eyebrows when she wore a bikini. She married cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and two of her children – Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan are now big names in Bollywood.
Waheeda Rehman morphed from a vamp to the heroine and is known best for her performances in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Guide and Neel Kamal. She continues to shine, more recently seen in Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6.