Kareena Kapoor has played the sex worker in Chameli and Talaash. The actress' performance in both the movies received laurels. In fact, commenting on her role in Talaash, some even said she's too classy to be a street hooker.
Her first-look in the film D-Day shocked many, but Shruti Haasan has taken on the role of a Karachi prostitute with panache. We hear her character falls in love with a RAW officer, and their love story takes the film forward.
Pakistan import Veena Mallik is all set to play a call girl in her upcoming movie Zindagi 50 50. The trailers of the movie show Veena uttering some bold and controversial dialogues.
In the movies Julie and Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Neha Dhupia played the role of a hooker. She pulled off the roles of a hooker with ease and was appreciated for her performances.
The movie Laaga Chunari Mein Daag dealt with one conservative relatively poor family and talked mainly about the eldest girl who took up the responsibility of protecting and supporting her family financially. Badki, played by Rani Mukherjee, is forced to take up the job of an 'escort' to support her family in the movie.
Aishwarya Rai broke from the mould of made-to-fit roles in her career by accepting to play the character of a courtesean in the film Umrao Jaan. Ash looked ethereal and she did a spendid work giving one of her best performance in the film.
Kalki Koechlin who made her debut with Anurag Kashyap's Dev D played the character of Chanda in the movie. In the movie, Kalki played the role of a young girl from Delhi who gets into prostitution. The film showed, what influences such young girls to take the wrong plunge.
Preity Zinta as Madhu - the prostitute was the soul of the film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. The bubby actress with her vibrant role in the film simply won over the audiences.
In Jai Prakash's Market, Manisha played an under-age Hyderabadi girl, who was sold to a sheikh. Ultimately the destiny-driven girl becomes the hot stuff of so-called flesh abyss. In the movie, Manisha managed to evoke viewer's sympathy and concern through her acting.
In Madhur Bhandarkar's Chandni Bar, Tabu was the victim. She was raped by a bag of bones and became the stubble. Ultimately she was driven to the trade by her fate. Tabu successfully brought in notice the plight of women through her acting.
After Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, actress Rani Mukherji tried her hand again into prostitution with Sawariya. Even though her role was a small one, she left quite an impact.
Though hesitant at first, South siren Charmi Kaur was totally convinced of her character as soon director Chandu narrated the script to her for the film Prema Oka Maikam. She will be seen playing a call girl catering to the high class society in the film, and says this role has given her scope to perform and experiment.
The actress plays a call girl for the first time in her career, and has attended an eight-day workshop for the role.
The sexy siren plays the role of a prostitute, who nurtures an ambition of becoming a powerful politician in this film, directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Janardhana Maharshi.
Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas remake, conveyed about as much sexuality as a health-food biscuit. She was just amazing as a kotha woman, doing mujras for Shah Rukh Khan in the film.
Umrao Jaan showed Rekha at her sensual best. She portrayed the charachter of a sex worker with elan and her performance in the movie is one of the best till date. Perhaps, Rekha is the model 'kotha' woman of mainstream Hindi movies.
The film 1972 indian film Pakeezah has become a cult classic and was one of the many classic characters portrayed by Meena Kumari. She played the role of a courtesean in tne film. Sadly, she died weeks after it's release, which lead the flop film to become a cult classic after people flocked the theaters to get one last look at Meena Kumari.