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Beautiful But Deadly 5 - The Bollywood Edition

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Bollywood Actresses trained in Martial Arts like Muay Thai, Karate, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and other styles including Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra and more

Yes I have decided to combine two of my favorites, Bollywood and martial arts.
While doing research for my Bollywood articles, I ran across quite a few actresses that have been trained, or are training in martial arts.

Of course I really wanted them to be learning some exotic, almost extinct fighting style, but unfortunately, it seems most are just learning Tae Kwon Do, Judo stuff like that.
Not that there's anything wrong with those styles, but I wanted something more unusual you know?
Heck, the Mahabharata (which is dated back to about 400BC) has a battle in it between two warriors who use punches, kicks, finger strikes, knee strikes and head butts.
It even mentions the traditional wrestling form, Malla-yuddha.

But despite my disappointment in these beauties not being trained by the equivalent of Indian Ninjas, here are some of the lovely Bollywood actresses that you best be respectful to if you approach them for an autograph.

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

When the "Most Beautiful Woman in the World" Aishwarya Rai needed some martial arts training for her role in the upcoming Bollywood film Enthiran, who did she call?
(Technically Enthiran was Tamil, Robot was Hindi and Robo was Telugu)
Martial arts teacher"Karate" Ramesh, the man that has run the Japan Shito-Ryu karate school in India for over 30 years.
Of course Ramesh was only training her for the movie, but who knows?
Maybe Ash will take it to heart and continue on in her training.

UPDATE
You know since I wrote this I found out that Ash has actually done a couple of sword fight scenes in movies.
In the films Jodhaa Akbar and The Last Legion....

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Aishwarya Rai Fight Scene In The Last Legion

The Last Legion at Amazon

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra in Drona

Priyanka Chopra in Drona

Like Ash, when Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra needed to learn martial arts in her film Drona, they got her the best.
They had Gatka experts flown to Mumbai to teach the lady how to fight.
Now Gatka is a bit more like what I was looking for.
It's a style of stick fighting developed by the Sikhs of the Punjab region.
Priyanka had previously flexed her fighting muscles in the 2006 Bollywood film, Don: The Chase Begins Again

Now for the film Mary Kom, Priyanka has been trained in boxing.
She is getting badder every year!

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Priyanka Chopra In Action - Drona

Asin Thottumkal

Asin Thottumkal

Asin Thottumkal

Now this is more like it.
Asin Thottumkal is studying the art of Kalarippayattu, possibly one of the oldest fighting systems in existence.
Of course she is learning it for the English, Tamil, Japanese film, The 19th Step, but she is learning.
Although rumor has it that The 19th Step has been shelved for now.

Ayesha

Ayesha Habib

Ayesha Habib

And here is another Ayesha, (not Ayesha Takia) this one is a Kannada actress, and a tad more skilled in martial arts than the other.
This Ayesha has already been nicknamed "Lady Bruce Lee" and has been training in martial arts since she was a year old.
Yes, a year old.
She'll be appearing in the Kannada action thriller Jayahe later this year.

Ayesha Fight Scene...Lady Bruce Lee

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone received jujitsu training for the film Chandni Chowk To China.
She was trained by an un-named Chinese martial arts trainer, and by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who is a well trained martial artist and martial arts teacher himself.
Akshay started his training in Bangkok (or Hong Kong, depending on who you ask), and taught in Mumbai before becoming an actor.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty

Bollywood beauty Shilpa Shetty has a black belt in Karate...although what style I have no idea.

Ayesha Takia

Ayesha Takia

Ayesha Takia

Another rumor is that Ayesha Takia is learning martial arts, after being inspired by both Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.
Of course this is another case of learning the arts to get bigger roles.
But who knows.
It might stick with her.

Neetu Chandra

Neetu Chandra

Neetu Chandra

Now here is another Bollywood star that started karate before she became famous.
Not only does Neetu Chandra have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she won a Silver Medal winner in a national Tae Kwon Do competition.
She also represented India in the International Taekwondo Championship at Hong Kong in 1996.

Neetu Chandra

Neetu Chandra

Tanushree Dutta

Tanushree Dutta

Tanushree Dutta

For her role in the children's film Rama - The Saviour, Tanushree Dutta got martial arts training from Peter Hann.
I'm not really sure what style Peter Hann teaches, but I have seen the name associated with both Aikido and Muay Thai.

Koena Mitra

Koena Mitra

Koena Mitra

Allegedly, Bollywood beauty Koena Mitra got Tai Chi training for her role in the movie Karna.
Funny thing is, I can’t actually find any trace of Karna.
It was supposed to star Orlando Bloom, and there was even an interview where Koena was talking about being on the set.
http://hotindiancelebrities.com/koena-mitra-treated-like-a-queen-in-hollywood-sets-of-karna/
But the movie just vanished?

Nandana Sen

Nandana Sen

Nandana Sen

Nandana Sen is trained in Tae Kwon Do.

Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty played a sword-wielding heiress in Arundhati and a martial arts exponent in Billa (both in 2009).
I know she's a yoga instructor, but I really can’t find any confirmation that she has had any martial arts training other than how to fight on screen.
By the way, you can watch both Arundhati and Billa on YouTube in full.

Ishaa Koppikar / Eesha Koppikhar / Eesha Narang

Ishaa Koppikar / Eesha Koppikhar / Eesha Narang

Ishaa Koppikar / Eesha Koppikhar / Eesha Narang

Okay, it's hard to keep track of this lady of a thousand names...but, whatever you call her, this lady actually knows martial arts.
Last September, she got her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani

If you ask me, I think actress and dancer Isha Sharvani is probably a pretty deadly little package.
She is skilled in gymnastics, yoga, dance AND martial arts.
Her martial art is Kalarippayattu, but she is also trained in Chhau dance, which is an Indian tribal martial dance.
So she can probably kick your butt and look good doing it.

Namitha Kapoor

Namitha Kapoor

Namitha Kapoor

At first glance you wouldn’t peg voluptuous Namitha Kapoor as a martial artist.
But not only is Namitha a black belt, but she's good enough that she once waylaid a guy trying to accost her.

Sharmila Mandre

Sharmila Mandre

Sharmila Mandre

Kannada actress Sharmila Mandre studied Tai Chi and kick-boxing under martial arts teacher Ashok Chandra in Mumbai.

Rosa Catalano

Rosa Catalano

Rosa Catalano

Rosa Catalano may be an Italian actress, but she dated Saif Ali Khan and now she is looking to break into Bengali films.
And she may just be looking at action films, because this beautiful young lady has been in kickboxing training for four years, and was trained in Wushu Kung Fu by Anan Henan in China.

Sandhya Shetty

Sandhya Shetty

Sandhya Shetty

Former Femina Miss India contestant, Sandhya Shetty is also a skilled karateka, she won a bronze medal at the National Karate Championship in Chennai.

Masumeh Makhija

Masumeh Makhija

Masumeh Makhija

Bollywood actress Masumeh Makhija has been studying Muay Thai for eight years.

Bianca Desai

Bianca Desai

Bianca Desai

Bianca Desai is also trained in Tae Kwon Do

Diana Hayden

Diana Hayden

Diana Hayden

Former Femina Miss India World 1997, Miss World 1997 and actress Diana Hayden was born on May 1st, 1973 in Hyderabad, India.
The third Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant launched an acting career like Aishwarya Rai did before her.
But not only is Diana an actress, she is trained in martial arts, and her teacher is world reknown 4th Dan Black Belt, Master Das, who teaches Wu Shu, Tai Chi, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Karate, Taoist Power Yoga, San Shou (Chinese Kickboxing) and Mixed Martial Arts.

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Yeah we know it's for a movie, but for her role in the superhero film Krrish 3, Kangana Ranaut was trained in karate, judo, taekwondo and kickboxing.

Beautiful But Deadly Comments

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 16, 2018:

Shilpa Shetty when i first encountered this 'Deva' on television, must be a decade ago (or more) came across as an enigma to me then, and remains so to this day.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 04, 2016:

4th degree in the black belt karate code of Shotokan.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 12, 2016:

I looked into Shilpa Shetty profile and ascertained that she has a black belt in the Shokotan code of karate. Ms Shetty has also done judo and kick boxing for Bollywood productions.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on August 03, 2015:

Web page for London U.K. Deepika Padukone fan base has gone mysteriously quiet lately. Wonder what Pika is doing right now!

Lantokey on July 17, 2015:

Yep! Makes sense when explained in this way.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on July 16, 2015:

Lantokey, you know there are Chinese jiujitsu masters.

Like Russian Judo masters, American BJJ experts, etc

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on June 30, 2015:

Have just visited the official Deepika Padukone page on the web. Pika recently appeared in a 5 minute film clip for the Axis bank intoducing a new app for bank withdrawals. Bearing in mind Pika knows karate and the millions of fans she has she would know how to protect herself from prowling goons.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 16, 2015:

I was wondering whether Bhanuprya has karate skills. A Woman who knows how to take care of herself usually exudes a 'Don't get fresh with me or you'll go down!' aura in her personality.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 05, 2014:

I was aware of Shilpa Shetty being involved in the martial arts. There are some graphic publicity stills of Ms Shetty practicing karate on a male opponent. A few years ago, in one of those audience participation shows Shilpa Shetty as a guest was racially insulted by a gutter snipe. Remaining composed and fully confident counteracted the individual concerned by saying "You ought to take elocution lessons"! Ms Shetty was loudly applauded and the racist utterly humiliated live on T.V.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on December 23, 2013:

Wesman!

You dropped by!

Thanks!

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 23, 2013:

I don't know who any of those women are, but I sure like and appreciate that eye candy!!!

naik on August 02, 2013:

Hot sharmila...yummy

niks on April 03, 2012:

where is priety zinta?She has earned a brown belt in karate.

Guy Hidenthai from Brooklyn, New York,USA on November 27, 2011:

you look pretty dangerous yourself.

ritika on November 12, 2010:

Studying martial arts has so many benefits(confidence builder,physical fitness and self-defense) just to name a few. You have the perfect title for this hub. I enjoyed reading the thumbnail bio's and viewing the gorgeous photos.

kaushik on September 12, 2010:

acording to me asin is the best actressin hindi as well as tamil no one can beat asin even katrina she is queen

culturespain from Spain on August 10, 2010:

My goodness - what a figure has Asin. Quite extraordinary and she probably needs to do martial arts to fend off every passing male!!

ShaneRQR from Switzerland on July 11, 2010:

Awesome list! I really wouldn't have expected to see so many Indian martial arts movies. :)

wademcmaster on July 10, 2010:

Man, some of those chicks can move! Been watching som evideos on you tube and they seem well trained!

captainchris on May 26, 2010:

That's quite a list!

Glare from Washington DC area on May 16, 2010:

I love the list. This turns me on for some reason lol ;)

TheMMAZone from Kansas on May 14, 2010:

Always tops sabre! Another one well done. Your articles are very nice to look at. :)

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2010:

gramon1: LOL...I replied to your comment before I approved it!

Go me!

Guillermo Ramon from Miami on May 13, 2010:

Thanks for the hub! I come and check your hubs, but haven't posted. How can I not enjoy looking at beautiful ladies?

We keep trying to recruit girls for the dojo. We have many champions amongst the boys, and agult guys. So, we would like to build a strong girl team. But we have very few women. I thing women are a great catalyst in a dojo. When you have girls, the guys behave better and work harder at impressing them.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2010:

Phillyfreeze69: Yes Neetu and Namitha are both bad. But let's not forget Masumeh. Studying Muay Thai for eight years?

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2010:

gramon1: Hey! Haven't seen you in awhile, thanks for stopping by! I was wondering why so many of them were in Tae Kwon Do myself.

Phillyfreeze69 on May 13, 2010:

Neetu Chandra is the real deal and voluptuous Namitha Kapoor definitely can hold her own in almost any situation. Studying martial arts has so many benefits(confidence builder,physical fitness and self-defense) just to name a few. You have the perfect title for this hub. I enjoyed reading the thumbnail bio's and viewing the gorgeous photos.

Guillermo Ramon from Miami on May 13, 2010:

Every time we get a girl at the dojo we pamper her totally. It is very dificult to get girls to practice karate. When we have aerobic kick boxing, we get about 8 girls per 10 people. In karate, we get about 9 guys for each 10 student. Girls tend not to like the slow, steady advancement and rigid discipliner in karate. We practice traditional Shotokan (SKIF), I think that Tae Kuan Do dojos do tend to get more girls than we do. I guess TKD is flashier or something. Anyway, I think that karate looks so much more beautiful when a woman is performing it.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2010:

Cheeky Girl: Yeah...all the research is horrible..LOL

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2010:

Mike Lickteig: Well some might Mike, but some are all show. That's part of why I wanted to do this Hub, to show who was real and who was just fakin' it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on May 12, 2010:

Wow, if I wound up in a room full of these woman - it would be like a scene from "Kill Bill". Okay, it wouldn't, I'm just saying that. Seriously, Sabre - this is a great collection of Kick-ass babes! You really do your research on these ladies. Must be a tough job! *chuckles* Cheers!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on May 12, 2010:

It's curious to think that any one of these beautiful women could kill me in about 10 seconds, but I guess ultimately it shouldn't be surprising. This was an interesting merging of Bollywood and martial arts. Nicely presented.

Mike

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2010:

Cagsil: Cagsil :P LOL Thanks for stopping by!

maven101 31: You may be able to find sub-titled copies around.

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on May 12, 2010:

Asin and Deepika look luscious...I'm going to have to start watching Bengali films...Are they in English..?

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on May 12, 2010:

Hey Sabre, you keep coming out with these and it seems like you have really good looking ladies and some not so hot. :) ;) But, I did like a few of them. I guess we'll see what else you come up with later...(just kidding). Great work! :)

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