On the silver screen, they play the role of dutiful and doting daughters-in-law, almost always draped in intricate sarees and adorned with heavy jewellery. But off-screen, these actresses are as stylish as their Bollywood counterparts. Their on-screen presence has very little to do with their real-life persona.
Here's a list of 6 TV bahus who are too hot to handle off-screen.
1. Radhika Madan (Ishani, Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi)
She plays the lead in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi but in real life she is not the demure woman she's on TV. Madan is also a dance instructor. She had participated in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 8 but was voted out early.
She still loves to dance, hang out with other stars from Indian television, and, like almost every celeb from our generation, is a pro at taking selfies.
2. Sriti Jha (Pragya, Kumkum Bhagya)
Sriti has acted in a number of TV serials. Acting is her one true passion and she has worked hard to make a successful career out of it. Currently, she is the lead in Kumkum Bhagya on Zee TV and stars opposite Shabbir Ahluwalia.
She is a fun-loving person in real life and an amateur photographer.
3. Mouni Roy (Shivanya, Naagin)
Mouni Roy is a true Bengali beauty of the Indian TV. She has acted in numerous serials so far and is currently playing the role of Naagin in the TV serial Naagin. She was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 7.
Mouni is a fashionista and loves to travel as well.
4. Drashti Dhami (Gayatri, Ek Tha Raja, Ek Tha Rani)
Drashti Dhami is a model, Tv actress and a dancer. The multi-talented person first rose to fame from her role Madhubala, opposite Vivian Dsena. Currently she portrays the role of a Queen, Gayatri in Ek Tha Raja, Ek Thi Raani.
She is a dancer in real life and won the Season 6 of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and she loves to travel.
5. Madirakshi Mundle (Sita, Siya Ke Ram)
Madirakshi is fairly new to Indian TV but has caught the audience's interest instantly by playing the role of Sita in Siya Ke Ram. She has acted in a Telugu film before this.
She loves to drive and have fun in her spare time.
She is multi-lingual actor and model and has acted in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. She has now forayed into the Indian TV scene with Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi and is gaining popularity.
She is a dog-lover and loves to take pictures of herself with her dogs.
7. Saanvi Talwar (Manvi, Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum)
Saanvi Tanwar's debut show is Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum. She is playing a singer who gets married to a rock star. She plays the role of a loving supporting wife. Previous to this she was a model and has done projects with PC Jewelers and many others.
She loves horses and is a great rider.
8. Tejaswi Prakash Wayangankar (Ragini, Swaragini)
Tejaswi is from a family of singers but she chose acting as a professional career. She has done her graduation in electronics and telecommunications engineering. Currently she plays one of the leads in Swaragini on Colors TV.
She loves hanging out with her girl-gang and and has also appeared in Comedy Nights Live.
9. Shweta Tiwari (Maa Thakurain, Begusarai)
Shweta Tiwari is no newbie to the Indian TV. She first appeared as Prerna in Kasauti Zindagii Kay and has dominated the Indian screen ever since. Currently she plays the role of a village leader in Begusarai on &TV.
She has participated in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and loves to travel with her daughter.
10. Saumya Tandon (Anita, Bhabhi Ji Ghar Pe Hain)
Bhabhi Ji Ghar Pe Hain is one of the most popular TV shows currently on Indian TV and Saumya Tandon plays one of the bhabhis on the show. She is smart, a model and loves to order her husband around.
She is beautiful and a successful model as well.
11. Nia Sharma (Roshni, Jamai Raja)
Nia Sharma debuted with Ek Hazaron Mei Meri Behena Hai but is now the lead in Jamai Raja on Zee TV. She was the first Indian television actress to go bald for an onscreen role as a cancer patient.
She's a fashionista in real life, and loves to dance and travel too.
12. Amrita Rao (Kalyani, Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai)
Amrita Rao is a well known Bollywood actress but now with Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai she has entered the Indian TV scene as well. She plays the role of a singer in this serial, which is allegedly a portrayal of the lives of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
We have seen her in movies like Ishq Vishk, Vivaah and many more.
13. Anita Hassanandani Reddy (Shagun, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein)
Anita as Shagun may not be your ideal bahu on Indian TV but she plays the part of an ex-wife pretty well. She is also a popular face of the Indian TV.
She has acted in a number of multi-lingual films and ads as well. She is a well established model and actress, both. She is also a comedian and has appeared on Comedy Nights Live.
14. Ragini Khanna (Suhana, Sasural Gendha Phool)
Ragini Khanna may not be active on TV right now but no-one can forget her as Suhana. The chirpy and strong-willed rich brat gets married into a loud, loving joint family and how she not only adjusts to the new atmosphere but also makes it her own, was something a lot of Indian girls related to at that time. She will always be our beloved Suhana.
She has also hosted various reality shows after her serial.
15. Prachi Desai (Bani, Kasamh Se)
Prachi Desai now is a known name in the Bollywood industry but she started from the Indian TV only. A find of Ekta Kapoor, she debuted opposite Ram Kapoor in Kasamh Se and became a household name. She might not be on TV right now but she is still a beloved Bahu.
She is a model and an actress now and has also sung a few lines here and there in her movies. She is also an amateur photographer.
So now you know how what you see on TV is far from reality.
Deisgn Credits: Simran Goyal
All images sourced from actors' Instagram accounts.