Hotties at 40: Madhuri, Gauri, Halle Berry, Juhi

Hotties at 40: Madhuri, Gauri, Halle Berry, Juhi

A look at some of the hottest actresses who are currently in their 40's.

While the film industry is over-flowing with newcomers, we haven’t forgotten our timeless divas. Here’s a look at celebrity women who are still rocking in their 40’s. Madhuri Dixit (46): Bollywood’s dancing queen, Madhuri Dixit stole many hearts with her films like ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Dil’, ‘Khalnayak’, Hum Aapke Hain Koun; and ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’. The actress broke many hearts when she married Dr. Sriran Nene and moved to the United States. However, the dancing queen is back and is doing what she does best – she is a judge on reality dance show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’. Madhuri also made her comeback in cinema this year in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ as the beautiful Begum Para after a long hiatus. She will also be seen in upcoming film, ‘Gulaab Gang’.

Juhi Chawla (46): Former beauty queen Juhi Chawla is well remembered for her heart-warming roles in films like ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, ‘Yes Boss’ and ‘Ishq’. Though she has been missing from the silver screen for a while now, the actress has been busy with duties of motherhood to her children Jhanvi and Arjun. The actress co-owns the Indian Premiere League team Kolkata Knight Riders along with her husband Jay Mehta and friend Shah Rukh Khan. Juhi will soon be seen in her comeback film, ‘Gulaab Gang’.

Gauri Khan, 43: Bollywood’s first lady, Gauri Khan has been the sole anchor in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s life. Devoted mother to three kids – Aryan, Suhana and baby AbRam, Gauri still finds time for business. She is the co-founder of the film production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment with her husband. Apart from business and motherhood, Gauri also gets time to follow her passion and recently launched her own interior design store, ‘The Design Cell’.

Halle Berry (47): Halle Berry won her first Academy Award at the age of 36 for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’, becoming the first African-American woman to win an Oscar Award. The former Bond girl performed outstandingly in films including ‘X-Men Series’, ‘Swordfish’, ‘Catwoman’ and ‘Gothika’. The actress, has ranked No. 1 on many lists including ’50 Most Beautiful People in the World’ and ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’. She had her daughter Nahla at 42 and son Maceo, at 46. One look at her and you would agree why is she still the sexiest.

Sandra Bullock (49): Sandra Bullock, made waves with films like ‘Demolition Man’, ‘Speed’, ‘While you were Sleeping’ and ‘The Lake House’. In 2007, the movie star was ranked as the 14th richest woman in the entertainment industry, while in 2012, Sandra was listed in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-paid actress. Her films ‘The Proposal’ and ‘The Blindside’ were the most financially successful films of her career. In 2010, a scandal broke out when several women claimed to have had affairs with her husband Jesse James. However, the ever-so-graceful Sandra Bullock appeared on stage that same year to take home her Best Actress for ‘The Blind Side’ at the Academy Awards. She has also been nominated at this year's Oscar too for her role in 'Gravity'.

Jennifer Aniston (45): Labeled as one of the sexiest women on the planet, Jennifer Aniston became a favourite with her portrayal of Rachel Green in hit television series, ‘Friends’, which won her an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The actress has also enjoyed a successful film career with hits like ‘Bruce Almighty’, ‘The Break-Up’, ‘Marley & Me’ and ‘We’re the Millers’. She was married to Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt, but the couple separated after five years. Since then, Aniston has dated Vince Vaughn and John Mayer. She is currently engaged to Justin Theroux, with plans of walking down the aisle soon.

Salma Hayek (47): This Mexican American film actress came into the limelight with films like ‘Desperado’, ‘Dogma’ and ‘Wild Wild West’. However, the role that put her on the map was in the film ‘Frida’, where she played the title character – Frida Kahlo. She has dabbled a bit in television comedy with series like ‘Ugly Betty’ and ’30 Rock’. Her latest films include ‘Grown Ups’, ‘Grown Ups 2’ and ‘Puss in Boots’.

Nicole Kidman (46): Australian actress Nicole Kidman is the epitome of elegance and charm. In the initial years of her career, her notable appearances were in films like ‘Dead Calm’, ‘Days of Thunder’, ‘Far and Away’ and ‘Batman Forever’. Her performance in musical ‘Moulin Rouge’ earned her a Golden Globe Award and first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her film ‘The Hours’ earned Kidman the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other well-remembered performances include ‘The Others’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, Australia’. The actress was married to Tom Cruise and adopted two children with the actor. She is now married to country singer Keith Urban, with whom she has two biological daughters.

Tabu (42): Having won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, Tabu holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare's Critics Award for Best Female Performer, with four. The actress is best known for her performances in artistic, low-budget films. However, her commercial success include ‘Border’, ‘Biwi No. 1’, ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’, ‘Hu Tu Tu’, Maqbool’ and ‘Cheeni Kum’. Her performance in Mira Nair’s ‘The Namesake’ garnered much praise. She also appeared in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’. She will be soon seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider.

Courteney Cox (49): Best friend to Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox is best known for her role as Monica Geller on television show ‘Friends’. She also rose to fame for her role in Horror Series ‘Scream’. She married her Scream co-star David Arquette 1999 and gave birth to daughter Coco in 2004. But, the coupe split up, yet continue to be friends and partners in parenting their daughter.

Neelam Kothari (45): Neelam was one of the most popular faces onscreen in the late 80s and 90s. Her beautiful smile and flawless energetic dance movements won the hearts of the masses. She is well remembered for her films like ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Ek Ladka Ek Ladki’. She was married for a short time to U.S based businessman Rishi Sethia. In 2011, she tied the knot to actor Samir Soni. The couple has an adopted baby girl, Ahana. Neelam is now pursuing a career in jewellery designing.

Cameron Diaz (41): Cameron Diaz is quite popular for her fun bubbly personality. The actress rose to fame with films like ‘The Mask’, ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’, ‘There’s Something About Mary’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Diaz has received four Golden Globe Award nominations for her performances in the movies, ‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘Vanilla Sky’, ‘Gangs of New York’, and ‘There's Something About Mary’. In 2013, Cameron was named the highest paid actresses over 40 in Hollywood. Though she has not yet tied the knot, Diaz has been involved in a few romantic relationships with Matt Dillon, Jared Leto and Justin Timberlake.

Julia Roberts (46): Fondly referred to as America’s Sweetheart, Julia Roberts skyrocketed to fame with ‘Pretty Woman’. Her iconic performances include ‘the Pelican Brief’, ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’, ‘Notting Hill’, Runaway Bride’, ‘Ocean’s Eleven, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’. She won an Academy Award for her role in ‘Erin Brockovich’. She was married to country singer Lyle Lovett. After the divorce, she married cameraman Daniel Moder and together the couple have three children.