These ladies are an epitome of grace, elegance and poise. But what sets them apart from their counterparts is their thirst for individuality and their courage to stand up and embrace the storm. Their attitude towards their commitments has left an impact on not only the silver screen but much more than that they have earned the title of 'Women of Substance'.
Lets have a look at some of these 'Women of Substance' that Bollywood is proud to be associated with'Farah Khan
The lady worked like magic with her debut 'Jo jeeta wohi sikander'. A successful choreographer who has made many bollywood celebrities dance to her tunes and even the pop star Shakira graduated into directing with 'Main hoon Naa' and burned the screen with fire.
A choreographer, director and a mother she has balanced all her roles with perfection and deserved all the applaud.Preity Zinta
With her cute dimples and that bubbly smile, she captured the hearts of the audience. Within a short span of time Preity made her way to the big league of Indian Actresses but that was just the beginning for this pretty lady.
Along with her boyfriend Ness Wadia, Preity owns the 'Kings XI Punjab'; one of the top ranking teams in the IPL and manages the media and publicity of her team like a true entrepreneur.
The vibrant Preity sure does deserve a place in this list'Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
From Miss World to Bollywood and now Hollywood, the perfect beauty has truly been a brand ambassador for India. From teaching Oprah how to drape a saree on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' to her much talked about role in 'Pink Panther 2'she has become an international face to reckon with.
Kudos to the glamorous Bachchan Bahu'!Jaya Bachchan
From bahu to mumma Bachchan' she left her soaring career in Bollywood to take care of her children and hubby darling, Jaya Bachchan represents the true Indian woman. The poise and eloquence with which Jaya Bachchan carries herself is a true definition of her personality. Add to it she is a successful MP with the Samajwadi Party.
What more could you ask for?Nandita Das
Now this is one headstrong and independent woman. She has given controversial and critically acclaimed performances in many movies like Fire, Earth, Bawandar and many more.
Her directorial debut Firaaq has been awarded at many International Film Festivals which is soon set to release in India.
The dusky beauty has gone on to capture the screen on her own terms and conditions'Saroj Khan
'Masterji' as she is fondly known is one of the most prominent choreographers present in bollywood. She created a stir with her moves which we still remember'who can ever forget 'chane ke khet mein' or 'ek do teen'.
We salute the dancing queen who gave bollywood dance a new identity with her everlasting moves'Sushmita Sen
She was the first Indian to win the coveted 'Miss Universe' crown at the tender age of 18.
Even though her filmy career may not have given her the 'superhits', Sush has always remained in the media and audience's eye with her offbeat performances and her many a boyfriends.
Truly independent, she went on to adopt her daughter Renee and dons the role of a single mother, actress and has now ventured into production as well.
This now is a complete package'!Madhuri Dixit
Her radiant smile could light a thousand lives' Madhuri Dixit, the diva of the 90's gave us a plethora of remembrable performances with Tezaab, Dil, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, Dil to pagal hai, devdas and many more. Married with two sons Madhuri now resides in Denver, Colorado.
Awarded with the Padma Shri, Madhuri is the Woman of Substance that many young actresses look up to' now who wouldn't want to say 'Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon'.Vaibhavi Merchant
The new age choreographer of Bollywood flicks' vaibhavi came and conquered Bollywood with her dancing. The lady started with a bang with her debut 'Dhol Baaje' in Hum Dil de chuke Sanam and followed it up with 'O ri chhori' from the oscar nominated lagaan. Her achievements include films like Dhoom, Veer Zaara, Aaja Nachle,Rab ne bana di jodi and the popular hit 'kajra re' from Bunty Aur Babli'.
The lady may or may not be dating Sanjay Leela Bhansali but she definitely is a woman of Substance.Shilpa Shetty
Hers is a true case of phoenix rising from the ashes. Shilpa was lost in the battle of bollywood when there came a ray of sunshine with 'Celebrity Big Brother' and then there was no looking back.
She went on to triumph not only Bollywood but has a huge fan base in United Kingdom as well. Furthermore she was the highest paid anchor on TV with Bigg Boss 2. And to add another feather to her cap, she now owns a stake in the winners of IPL season 1 the Rajasthan Royals.
For handling the Big Brother controversy with lan and coming back with a bang, Shilpa deserves all the appreciation and a place in the 'Women of Substance'.
This was our 'Women of Substance' from Bollywood'
On International Women's Day we salute all the women in the world'