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Screen Award for Best Actress

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Alia Bhatt

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Screen Award for Best Actress

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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Winners & Nominees
Alia BhattUdta Punjab, Alia Bhatt, Winner, Taapsee PannuPink, Taapsee Pannu, Nominee, Anushka SharmaSultan, Anushka Sharma, Nominee, Anushka SharmaAe Dil Hai Mushkil, Anushka Sharma, Nominee, Sonam KapoorNeerja, Sonam Kapoor, Nominee, Deepika PadukonePiku, Deepika Padukone, Winner, Anushka SharmaNH10, Anushka Sharma, Nominee, Kangana RanautTanu Weds Manu: Returns, Kangana Ranaut, Nominee, Kalki KoechlinMargarita - with a Straw, Kalki Koechlin, Nominee, Priyanka ChopraDil Dhadakne Do, Priyanka Chopra, Nominee, Sonam KapoorDolly Ki Doli, Sonam Kapoor, Nominee, Priyanka ChopraMary Kom, Priyanka Chopra, Winner, Kangana RanautQueen, Kangana Ranaut, Nominee, Rani MukerjiMardaani, Rani Mukerji, Nominee, Deepika PadukoneFinding Fanny, Deepika Padukone, Nominee, Alia BhattHighway, Alia Bhatt, Nominee, Parineeti ChopraHasee Toh Phasee, Parineeti Chopra, Nominee, Deepika PadukoneChennai Express - Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Deepika Padukone, Winner, Nimrat KaurThe Lunchbox, Nimrat Kaur, Nominee, Sonakshi SinhaLootera, Sonakshi Sinha, Nominee, Shraddha KapoorAashiqui 2, Shraddha Kapoor, Nominee, Parineeti ChopraShuddh Desi Romance, Parineeti Chopra, Nominee, Chitrangada SinghInkaar, Chitrangada Singh, Nominee, Vidya BalanKahaani, Vidya Balan, Winner, Kareena KapoorHeroine, Kareena Kapoor, Nominee, Priyanka ChopraBarfi!, Priyanka Chopra, Nominee, Deepika PadukoneCocktail, Deepika Padukone, Nominee, Parineeti ChopraIshaqzaade, Parineeti Chopra, Nominee, SrideviEnglish Vinglish, Sridevi, Nominee

The Screen Award for Best Actress is one of the Screen Awards of merit presented annually by a distinguished panel of judges from the Indian "Bollywood" film industry, to recognise an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role.


† - indicates the performance also won the Filmfare Award.
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Filmfare Award.
§ - indicates a Screen Award-winning performance that was not nominated for a Filmfare Award.


Vidya Balan, with four consecutive wins, has more Best Actress wins than any other actress. Followed by Madhuri Dixit with three wins. Six actresses have won the award twice; in chronological order, they are Kajol, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.

Four actresses have won the award in consecutive years; in chronological order, they are Madhuri Dixit (1995–96), Rani Mukerji (2005–06), Kareena Kapoor (2007–08), and Vidya Balan (2010–13).

Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Tabu and Priyanka Chopra are the only four actresses who have won both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards. Rani Mukerjee is also the first and only actress to win both these awards in the same year.

Kajol, holds the record for most nominations in the Best Actress category, with 9, followed by Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji and Priyanka Chopra (7).

Only once have two actresses been nominated for the same film: Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan for No One Killed Jessica (2011).

Kangana Ranaut is the only actress to be nominated twice for the same role; she was nominated for her role as Tanuja "Tanu" Trivedi in 2012 and 2016.

Thrice have cousins been nominated for the Best Actress Award during the same year: Kajol and Rani Mukerji in 1999, Parineeti Chopra and Priyanka Chopra in 2013 and 2015.

Three actresses hold the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations (2) in a single year; Kajol (1999), Priyanka Chopra (2010), Vidya Balan (2012), Alia Bhatt (2017) and Anushka Sharma (2017).

Multiple nominees

  • 9 Nominations : Kajol
  • 7 Nominations : Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra
  • 6 Nominations : Tabu
  • 5 Nominations : Karisma Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone
  • 4 Nominations : Madhuri Dixit, Anushka Sharma
  • 3 Nominations : Urmila Matondkar, Juhi Chawla, Parineeti Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt
  • 2 Nominations : Manisha Koirala, Sridevi, Kalki Koechlin, Sonam Kapoor
  • Winners and nominees

    Winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees.


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