These bold ladies have crossed over the industry barriers with their gutsy roles.
Raima Sen has been known to play strong roles in all her movies.
Bollywood is yet to see the best of her but Bengali movies have seen Raima playing gutsy roles in movies like 'Noukadubi' and 'Baishe Shrabon'.
'Baishe Shrabon' saw her play a journalist in search of a story.
Paoli Dam has made a name for herself playing off beat roles.
Seen in a few commercial ventures - she is better known for her sultry roles.
She will next be seen in 'Chatrak' - which is supposed to be one of the boldest movies ever made in Bengali cinema.
Nandana Sen's movie stint in the Bengali industry has been kicked off by her role in 'Autograph'.
She was seen in 'Black' as Rani Mukherjee's sister - but her role was demure.
Her claim to fame has been 'Rang Rasiya' where apparently she has had no discomfort about exposing in intimate scenes.
The top actress in alternative Bengali cinema is Rii Sen.
Her movies - 'Bissh' and 'Gandu' - are screened in film festivals only.
She has done some exceedingly bold roles in her movies like -'Love in India', 'Gandu' etc.
Rimi Sen has been a Bollywood babe through and through.
From her roles in 'Dhoom' and other comedy flicks - though she has not reached the top - she has made her place in the industry.
She has starred in movies like - 'Golmaal', 'Johnny Gaddar' etc.
Rituparna Sengupta has flitted between Bengali films and Hindi ventures.
Rituparna has been seen in movies like 'Main Meri Patni aur Woh', 'Warning' etc.
One of the leading actresses in the Bengali film industry, she has mastered the roles in art films and commercial ventures.
Riya Sen, like her sister has not had a great Bollywood stint.
Though she has done numerous small roles in Bollywood she has not been considered a serious or a good actress.
Her controversial MMS with Ashmit Patel had put her in a spot of trouble. But as they say - any publicity is good publicity!