The Indian Film Industry is full of talented actors and actresses. Back in the day, it was quite common for actresses to sing their own songs, several actresses like Suraiya, Noor Jehan and Vyjayanthimala were known for their melodious voices. As the film industry grew, playback singing became much more important and popular, but even in today’s day and age, few actresses have showcased their singing abilities, on top of their dancing and acting skills. We have made a list of the top actresses that can dance and sing.
Hema Malini is a woman of many talents, she is an actress, writer, director, singer, producer, dancer and politician. She started her career by appearing in the Tamil film Ithu Sathiyam.
She made her debut as a lead actress In the 1968 film Sapno Ka Saudagar, since then she has appeared in several successful Bollywood films, and established herself as a top actress. She was one of the highest-paid actresses of her time, and the media often referred to her as the “Dream Girl”.
Apart from acting, Malini is a trained dancer in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, She also owns the Natya Vihar Kalakendra dance school. She sang in the 1974 Bollywood film “Haath Ki Safai” and has even released her first album as a singer Titled Gopala Ko Samarpan.
Daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, Alia Bhatt is an actress and a singer. she made her lead role debut by starring in Karan Johar’s teen drama Student of the Year and then went on to appear in several successful films like 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Dear Zindagi, Udta Punjab, Raazi, and Gully Boy.
Alia is also a trained dancer, appearing in several Bollywood songs, her recent performance in the song Ghar More Pardesiya from the movie Kalank, gained her a lot of praise from fans and critics. She has sung six of her film songs, including the single “Samjhawan Unplugged”.
Is there something that Priyanka Chopra cannot do? The global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an actress, singer, film producer, and former Miss World. She is one of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities and has made her name known in the Hollywood as well by starring in the hit thriller series Quantico.
She is also a trained dancer, appearing in several hit dance numbers like Desi girl, Ram chahe Leela and Tune Maar Entriyaan. Priyanka recorded her first song “Ullathai Killathe” in the Tamil film Thamizhan in 2002, and in 2011 she signed to Universal Music Group for a worldwide recording agreement with DesiHits.
Her first single, “In My City”, debuted in September 2012 featuring the rapper will.i.am. Her second single “Exotic” featuring American rapper Pitbull, was an instant hit, it debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs. Her third single, a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was released in 2014, the song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
One of the most popular and the highest-paid actresses in India, Shraddha Kapoor is a film actor, dancer and a singer. She made her leading role debut in the teen drama Luv Ka The End, and gained wide recognition for starring in Aashiqui 2, and then followed it up by appearing the critically acclaimed Haider. She was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2016. She has also appeared in danced dramas like ABCD 2 and Street Dancer 3d. Kapoor has sung several of her film songs, her discography consists of 9 singles over 6 different movies. It was reported that she charges around 5 crores per film, making her one of the highest-paid actors.
Madhuri Dixit is an actress, producer, dancer, and television personality. She made her acting debut by starring in the 1984 drama film Abodh and rose to prominence by appearing in Tezaab, in which she played the role a miserable woman, who is forced to dance to make money for her father. She later appeared in several high-grossing productions, like Ram Lakhan, and Parinda, Khalnayak, Kishen Kanhaiya, and Raja, thus establishing herself a top actress.
A huge reason for her fame was her mesmerizing dance performances, her dancing numbers like Ek Do Teen and Dhak Dhak gave her the title of Dancing Queen Of Bollywood. But what you might not about her is that she is a brilliant singer too, she sang Kaahe Chedd in Devdas and regularly puts out covers of famous songs on her social media handles.
Shruti Haasan is a film actress and singer who usually appears in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi language films, and is the daughter of actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur. She is one of the leading actresses of South Indian cinema and has won several accolades including three Filmfare Awards South. As a child artist, Haasan sang in several films, like Thevar Magan, and Chachi 420. She later established herself as a playback singer and even received nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil and the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu for her work. She was the music director of the 2009 film Unnaipol Oruvan and even has a music band of her own.
Sonakshi Sinha is a film actress and singer. She made her acting debut by starring in the Salman Khan action film Dabangg, the film was a huge success and went on win her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She is known for appearing in action dramas like Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardaar, and Holiday. Her role in Lootera earned her critical acclaim with many praising her portrayal of a woman suffering from tuberculosis. Apart from acting, Sonakshi has appeared in several dance numbers like saree ke fall sa and Mungda. She has sung in several of her films as well, her first song was “Let’s Celebrate” from the film Tevar. She has also released a single named “Aaj Mood Isqholic Hai” which has over 49 million views on YouTube.