Some of them were the heartthrob of millions across the globe while most were item number queens or simply cast for their oomph factor.
The 60s, a decade of all those popular, decadent musicals. No heroine defined this decade better than the luminously lovely Sadhana.
The queen of romantic duets and lively dance numbers, she was the highest paid actress between 1970-76 and made a quiet exit at the peak of her career.
Vimi was an overnight sensation with the movie Hamraaz but failed to launch herself again and tragically died in 1977 under mysterious circumstances at age 34.
After working with the who’s who of the industry in a string of sleeper hits, Farah Naaz Hashmi or simply Farah retired at the age of 22.
One of the most prominent faces of the 80s and early 90s, the Jumma Chumma girl disappeared after a hatful of dance numbers in films starring Govinda.
A former Miss India pageant winner and model, Sonu Walia decided to call it quits as marital vows set in.
She became an overnight star with her debut Premgeet in 1982 but left it all when she married filmmaker Sunil Hingorani in 1992.
One of the biggest sex symbols of the 90s, Mamta Kulkarni was embroiled in a number of controversies including being detained for drug trafficking at a Kenyan airport along with her husband.
After her stellar debut in the romantic thriller Roja, Madhoo faded away into obscurity with crossover B-films and action movies.
A few action films and one Tridev later, she married action-thriller film director Rajiv Rai and left for the US.
The girl next door of the 90s acted in select movies with youthful themes due to her bubbly screen presence. She now owns a construction company, a spa business (Anantaa) and her own clothing line along with her husband.
Bouncing from one profession as a singer to another as an actress, Salma Agha’s career post Nikaah was unsteady and constantly on its last legs.
If you’re known to be in movies such as Suryavanshi, Pyaar Ka Saaya, Dum, Sanam Teri Kasam, Miss 420 & Mr. Bond, you’re bound to make an early exit.
Former Miss India Meenakshi Seshadri was one of the top heroines from the years 1982-1996 who left the film industry to raise her children.
While her modest charm and mannerisms worked in Maine Pyar Kiya, her limited scope in acting slashed her career, making her a one-hit wonder.
After her monster hit Aashiqui, Annu Agarwal never managed to cast a perfect spell again like her debut film and is now completely into holistic yoga and fine art post her fatal accident in 1999.
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