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Bollywood's best actresses. Ever.

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9. Kajol

From as filmy a family can be, Shomu Mukherjee's daughter Kajol beat off both mother Tanuja and aunt Nutan to make this cut. And this isn't just because she starred in Bollywood's biggest boy-meets-girl blockbuster. Well okay, maybe a little bit.

Making her debut in 1992 with Bekhudi, Kajol went from badly to awfully dressed in film after film, paired opposite then-effeminate nawabs as heroes. She always had a disarming grin, but the potential didn't reach fruition until we saw her in Baazigar. Paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan, the energy levels went visibly higher, the chemistry crackled. Audiences were smitten even before 1995, when came Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

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Kajol was the woman of the decade, filling in a considerably empty number-one slot on the heroine's list and making the throne her own. She abdicated for 5 years, but her return, even in 2006s abysmal Fanaa, was enough to wow audiences again.

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