We, as an audience, as fans have always perceived Bollywood as the dream world for we believe that the actors and actresses live their life king size; don’t we? They wake up with their flawless skin and get to do what they love to do. But is it always so rosy? Like everything else, Bollywood has a flip side to it too; the dark side, the pressure of being perfect in front of the camera, the unhealthy competition that follows and the inevitable vulnerability. And in between all of this, the ones acting in front of the camera bear its brunt. Some also take up to some unhealthy habits to deal with stress, their hectic schedules or for any other reason and the most common of all the unhealthy habits is smoking. But when I say smoking, I am sure you must have thought of actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Irrfan Khan etc. but there are many Bollywood actresses as well who smoke cigarettes.
So, let’s have a look at some of the Bollywood actresses who smoke in real life.
1. Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut has been a favourite of many since her most successful film ‘Queen’. It was then that she established herself as the ‘IT’ actress of the industry but before that, her role in the movie ‘Fashion’ was also very much appreciated where she played an insecure, arrogant, chain smoker model. There have been a few roles where she’s seen smoking on-screen but in real life also she does smoke cigarette. Kangana has blamed her modelling days for this habit and calls it an old one. And as they say, old habits die hard. Maybe that’s why it is so difficult for her to drop the habit or should I say, drop the cigarette.
2. Konkona Sen Sharma
Konkona Sen Sharma does justice to every role she plays. She is loved by the critics and apparently is also loved by the cancer sticks. No, actually she loves them too much that in spite of quitting smoking once in her life, she got back to it. She admitted to having stopped smoking when she was pregnant but she resumed the extensive smoking and drinking habit after the delivery.
3. Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee is one of the most talented women in the Bollywood industry and has maintained it till today with movies like Hichki, Mardaani etc. It is kind of hard to believe that Rani Mukherjee is in the list but that is true. She is a chain smoker in real life and in fact has also faced problems with her family members because of this cancerous habit.
4. Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen hasn’t been in movies for a long time but she makes sure she makes it to the news for all the right reasons. She is as inspiring as it can get. Her fitness regime, her headstrong principles of life, her path-breaking decisions, everything is to vouch for. But at the end of the day, she is a human. One habit of hers that probably she herself would not endorse is smoking. Sushmita Sen is a smoking addict who can’t quit smoking. It in a way hampers her public image but she can’t get herself to quit it.
5. Manisha Koirala
As we know, Manisha Koirala is a cancer survivor who kicked out cancer out of her body like a boss but it seems that she can’t kick the cigarettes out of her hands. She has been often snapped smoking on set and otherwise. Allegedly, it was trouble in her married life that kick-started the habit of smoking and drinking and she hasn’t yet gotten rid of it.
Tanuja is a yesteryear actress who also happens to be the mother of actresses, Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee. She is known to be a chain smoker in real life. Tanuja is seen to be smoking in public events where the paparazzi caught her and well, the smoke about her bad habit is in the air since then.
It is very normal and human to give in to such harmful desires and addictions but these actresses’ fans would be really happy if they kick the butt soon.