Playing a prostitute on-screen requires guts and subtlety. They are not only ostracized from the society, but are also disgusted and abhorred by people. But what they don’t seem to understand is how this faction is compelled by circumstances to engage themselves for the sustenance of their loved ones. Their hardships, moral quandaries and exploitation have found an empathizing friend in motion pictures. Over the years, the leading ladies of Hollywood and Bollywood have encumbered themselves of accomplishing respect and acceptability for the oppressed group from the general people. Their endeavors to present the other side of the coin have been vastly praised and influenced people to remit their dogmatic opinions. The skepticism is slowly receding, as the number of films saluting the spirits of these women and presenting them as human augments.
Compassion and empathy have driven these actresses to give some of the most harrowing and provocative performances in recent years. The standard and the magnitude of performances has seen a healthy growth as the years have gone by. This articles not only lists some of the most memorable performances by actresses as prostitutes, but also commends and applauds the undying courage and valor shown by this ostracized faction of the society, whom we should embrace with open arms. Here’s the list of top actresses who played prostitutes the best.
10. Rekha (‘Aastha’)
This is the only performance from Bollywood featuring in the list. Not only is Rekha one of the most gracious and beautiful actresses of the industry, but also is one of most impactful actresses around. The film saw Rekha playing a wife who moonlights as a prostitute. The meager income of her husband isn’t enough to satisfy needs other than the most basic ones. A sojourn to the market and her incapability to buy shoes for her daughter opens a new door in Mansi’s life dragging her to prostitution to satisfy materialistic needs. Her role in the film was panned by the critics and audiences. Despite that, the film was a success, receiving critical acclaim and a torrent of awards and plaudits for Rekha.
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