Top 15 Actresses Who Starred In Two Different Movies Of The Same Title

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Posted On: 19 Oct 2021 | Last Updated: 26 Oct 2021


Movie titles are the first thing that grabs the attention of the audience. To ensure the success of the movie, a filmmaker must think of a catchy name for the movie as the title also gives out the gist of the film. Many times, filmmakers use an old movie’s title in hopes of getting the same success. Movie titles like – 'Heer Ranjha', 'Laila Majnu', 'Inteqam', etc. are some of the most common titles that have been repeatedly used by Bollywood filmmakers. Due to the repetitive use of the same titles, we see the same actors appearing in different movies of the same titles. Dharmendra was one such actor who appeared in different movies of the same title on four occasions namely – 'Begaana', 'Baazi', 'Loha' and 'Patthar Aur Payal'. When we talk about such coincidences, we can’t miss counting the Bollywood actresses. There have been many Bollywood supporting and lead actresses who starred in two different movies with the same title.  Let’s check the top 15 Bollywood actresses who worked in different films of the same title:


1. Nalini Jaywant – Nastik (1954/1983)

The leading actress of the 1940s and 1950s, Nalini Jaywant, was one of the prominent members of Bollywood Samarth family. She was first cousin of Shobhna Samarth, the mother of actresses Nutan and Tanuja. She appeared in several films before garnering fame with the 1950 highest grosser film Samadhi. She featured in two films with the same title which was Nastik. She first appeared in I. S. Johar’s crime drama film Nastik in 1954 alongside Ajit. She then took a retirement in 1965 and her last movie before retirement was Bombay Race Course (1965). However, after a long gap of 18 years, she made her comeback with the character role in Pramod Chakravorty’s action-drama film Nastik in 1983, in which she portrayed the role of Shankar’s (Amitabh Bachchan) mother. This was her last film appearance.

Nalini Jaywant

2. Neetu Singh – Do Dooni Chaar (1968/2010)

Wife of late actor Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, started her acting career in Bollywood as a child artist at a young age of 6 with the 1966 romance drama Suraj starring Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in lead roles. In most of her earlier films she was credited as Baby Sonia, but later she changed her name to Neetu Singh. In 1968, she appeared as a child artist in Kishore Kumar starrer musical drama Do Dooni Chaar. Later, in 2010, she appeared in Habib Faisal’s family comedy drama Do Dooni Chaar, alongside her husband Rishi Kapoor, in which she played the role of a middle-class house wife.

Neetu Singh

3. Padmini Kolhapure – Souten (1983/2006)

The versatile leading actress of the 1980s, Padmini Kolhapure, started her acting career in Bollywood at the age of 7 as a child artist and rose to fame with Raj Kapoor’s romantic drama Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978). It was followed by her other super hits like Prem Rog (1982), Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980), Pyaar Jhukta Nahin (1985) and many more. In 1983, she appeared in the romance drama Souten directed by Saawan Kumar Tak. She portrayed the role of Radha, whose company becomes Shyam’s (Rajesh Khanna) solace when he is dealing with his failed marriage and a deteriorating relationship with his wife, Rukmini (Tina Munim). In 2006, she appeared in a supporting role in the movie with the same title – Souten: The Other Woman, which was directed by Karan Razdan.

Padmini Kolhapure

4. Kareena Kapoor – Talaash (2003/2012)

Daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, Kareena Kapoor, is noted for playing a wide variety of characters in different genres of films. Her Bollywood debut, Refugee (2000), performed averagely at the box office, but she established herself in Bollywood in the following years with her performances in movies like Asoka (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Chameli (2004), Jab We Met (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), Heroine (2012) and many more. In 2003, she appeared in Suneel Darshan’s action thriller Talaash: The Hunt Begins… alongside Akshay Kumar. Later, in 2012, she appeared in Reema Kagti’s psychological crime thriller Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, in which she played the role of an escort named Rosie who becomes the informer of Inspector Suran Singh (Aamir Khan), and helps him learn the mystery behind a murder case.

Kareena Kapoor

5. Aruna Irani – Kartavya (1979/1995), Kudrat (1981/1998)

Aruna Irani, an Indian actress who has acted in over 500 films, has mostly played supporting and character roles. Her best works include Caravan (1971), Ranga Khush (1975), Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1985), Beta (1992), and many more. She appeared in two different movies of the same title on two occasions. In 1979, she appeared in Mohan Sehgal’s action drama Kartavya, and later in 1995, she appeared in the action movie with the same title- Kartavya, directed by Raj Kanwar. In 1981, she appeared in Chetan Anand’s romance drama Kudrat and later, appeared in Raj N. Sippy’s action romance film Kudrat in 1998.

Aruna Irani

6. Kamini Kaushal – Shaheed (1948/1965)

Veteran actress Kamini Kaushal started her acting career in Bollywood with Chetan Anand’s Bollywood drama Neecha Nagar in 1946 and went on to appear in several successful movies like Do Bhai (1947), Nadiya Ke Paar (1948), Namoona (1949), Arzoo (1950), Jailor (1958), Godaan (1963), etc. She appeared in two different films with the same title, which was Shaheed. In 1948, she was the leading lady alongside Dilip Kumar in Ramesh Saigal’s Shaheed that followed the story of a young freedom fighter. In 1965, she appeared in S. Ram Sharma’s Shaheed, in which she played the role of Bhagat Singh’s (played by Manoj Kumar) mother.

Kamini Kaushal

7. Lalita Pawar – Raja Harishchandra (1928/1952/1979)

Lalita Pawar, the legendary actress who rose to fame with her character roles as a wicked mother-in-law, has appeared in over 700 films. She started her career as a child artist at a young age of nine and later appeared in several films as a leading actress. However, an accident on the sets of the movie Jung-E-Azadi (1942) forced her to abandon the lead roles and switch to character roles. She is the only actress who appeared in three different movies with the same title, which was Raja Harishchandra. In 1928, she started her career as a child artist and her first movie was Raja Harishchandra. She then appeared in the 1952 film of same title directed by Raman B. Desai, in which she portrayed the role of Rani Dinanath, wife of Pandit Dinanath. She then appeared in Ashish Kumar’s Raja Harishchandra in 1979 starring Ashish Kumar and Neera in lead roles.

Lalita Pawar

8. Zubeida – Heer Ranjha (1928/1970)

The daughter of India’s first female director and producer Fatma Begum, Zubeida Begum, started her acting career at the age of 12 and appeared in several Bollywood films through the 1920s along with her sister Sultana, who was a successful leading lady of Bollywood. She starred in several films of the silent era before appearing in the first Indian talkie movie Alam Ara in 1931. In 1928, she appeared in Fatma Begum’s silent film Heer Ranjha. Later, in 1970, she appeared in another movie of the same title which was directed by Chetan Anand.

Zubeida

9. Rekha – Zameen Asmaan (1972/1984)

The daughter of actors Gemini Ganesan and Pushpavalli, Rekha, is one of the finest actresses of Indian cinema and recipient of several awards. She started her career as a child artist in Telugu films and later as a leading lady in Bollywood with Mohan Sehgal’s Sawan Bhadon (1970) alongside Navin Nischol. The success of her debut film was followed by her other super hits like Ghar (1978), Khubsoorat (1980), Umrao Jaan (1981), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Phool Bane Angaaray (1991) and many more. She appeared in two films of the same title namely Zameen Asmaan. The 1972 film, Zameen Asmaan directed by A. Veerappan, featured Rekha in the role of a nurse named Kalpana, who takes care of Shanti Swaroop (Ashok Kumar), who is blinded after an accident. In 1984, she appeared in the movie with the same title directed by Bharat Rangachary starring Shashi Kapoor, Raakhee, Sanjay Dutt and Anita Raj.

Rekha

10. Nirupa Roy – Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani (1954/1988), Maya Machhindra (1951/1960)

Nirupa Roy, the Bollywood Queen of Misery, was known for her excellent acting ability. She appeared in over 250 films portraying motherly roles. She is best known for her work in movies like Do Bigha Zamin (1953), Munimji (1955), Grahasti (1963), Deewaar (1975), Suhaag (1979), etc. She appeared in two different movies of the same title on two instances. In 1954, she appeared in Chaturbhuj Doshi’s Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani and later appeared in the 1988 film with the same title directed by Mohanji Prasad. On second instance, she appeared in Aspi Irani’s Maya Machhindra in 1951 starring Trilok Kapoor, and then appeared in the 1960 film of same title directed by Babubhai Mistry.

Nirupa Roy

11. Helen – Saazish (1975/1998)

Helen, one of the most popular nautch dancers of Indian cinema, has appeared in supporting roles or guest appearances in over 700 films. Due to her non-Indian looks, she appeared in multi-ethnic roles and is best known for her works in movies like Howrah Bridge (1958), Gumnaam (1965), Elaan (1971), Ek Se Badhkar Ek (1976), Don (1978) and Lahu Ke Do Rang (1979). She featured as a singer-dancer named Lola in the 1975 action drama Saazish directed by Kalidas. In 1998, she appeared in the role of a social worker in Sudhir R. Nair’s action thriller Saazish starring Mithun Chakraborty and Pooja Batra in lead roles. In real life, she is married to screenwriter Salim Khan.

Helen

12. Shashikala – Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1970/1988)

Shashikala was an Indian actress who appeared in supporting roles in hundreds of Bollywood movies. She started her career in Bollywood with the 1936 film Karodpati. She is best known for her works in movies like Sujata (1960), Aarti (1963), Gumrah (1964), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1965), Himalay Ki God Mein (1966), Phool Aur Patthar (1967), Anupama (1967), Neel Kamal (1969), Rahgir (1969), etc. In 1970, she appeared in a supporting role in T. Prakash Rao’s family drama Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, and later in 1988, she appeared in the role of an evil mother-in-law in Kalpataru’s multi starrer family drama Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani.

Shashikala

13. Farida Jalal – Loafer (1973/1996)

Farida Jalal, the Indian actress who appeared in over 200 films, is best known for her character roles especially playing sister in Bollywood movies. She is best known for her works in movies like Gopi (1970), Paras (1971), Majboor (1974), Henna (1991), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), etc. She featured as Gopinath’s (Om Prakash) daughter in the 1973 film Loafer directed by A. Bhimsingh and later appeared in the role of Anil Kapoor’s mother in the 1996 action film having the same title directed by David Dhawan.

Farida Jalal

14. Shammi Aunty – Honeymoon (1973/1992)

Actress Shammi was an Indian actress who appeared in over 200 films and was best-known for her comic roles. Her best works include Halaku (1956), Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960), Half Ticket (1962), Samaj Ko Badal Dalo (1970), The Train (1970), Aanchal (1980), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gopi Kishan (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), and Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). She appeared in a supporting role in Hiren Nag’s romantic comedy drama Honeymoon in 1973 starring Leena Chandavarkar and Anil Dhawan. She then appeared in a supporting role in the 1992 film of same title directed by Surendra Mohan and starring Rishi Kapoor and Ashwini Bhave in lead roles.

Shammi Aunty

15. Suraiya – Shama (1946/1961)

Suraiya, a popular actress and playback singer, was one of the greatest actresses of her time. She started her acting career in Bollywood as a child artist with the 1936 film Madame Fashion directed by Jaddan Bai. As a leading lady, she made her debut in Bollywood with Taj Mahal in which she played Mumtaz Mahal. She acted in movies like Tamanna (1942), Station Master (1942), Hamari Beti (1943), Parwana (1947), Waris (1954), Shama Parwana (1954), etc. She appeared in two different movies of the same title, which was Shama. She appeared in the pre-partition Bollywood film Shama in 1946 directed by Sibtain Fazil. She then appeared in the 1961 film Shama which was directed by Lekhraj Bhakri. She remained unmarried in real life.

Suraiya