There has been tremendous growth in the medical and cosmetic industry. The same has been utilised most effectively by our Bollywood actresses. From getting their nose fixed to getting fuller lips, from getting the desired angular faces to silicon implants, Bollywood actresses have left no stone unturned when it comes to enhancing their features by going under the knife. While surgeries to enhance their features are now passe, the latest trend in Bolly-world is skin lightening. Let’s take a look at a few celebs who are rumoured to have undertaken skin whitening treatment…

Kajol– Kajol recently came under the scanner when rumours of her sudden ‘fair’ skin started doing the rounds. Kajol has off late been making heads turn for her fairer skin that has had industry people in a tizz. Speculations are rife that the actresses has undergone a skin whitening treatment. One may remember Kajol from her earlier films like ‘Baazigar’ where one can see her skin tone. While later in films like ‘My Name Is Khan’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ Kajol’s skin colour lightened for the screen. However, this change was attributed to make-up and didn’t create a stir. It was only at a recent event did gossip mongers concentrate on a rather fair complexioned Kajol. We are guessing, if true then the skin treatment must be a recent one.

Sridevi– Just look at the pictures above. Need we say anything more? Sridevi started her career in films at a very young age as a child artist and so her gradual progression from a child star to a lead actress was obvious. However, while Sridevi may have continued acting over the years, she got herself entangled in quite a few controversies for her constant change in physical appearance. From a dark, chubby leading lady in ‘Solva Sawan’; Sridevi’s transformation as a light skinned woman in her other films is very noticeable. The actress is believed to have gone under the knife for a nose job apart from skin whitening treatment. The actress like most of her colleagues never came about in the open about her drastic physical change, but then after the final results, no one was complaining.

Rekha– Bhanurekha Ganesan was a dark complexioned, chubby teenager who somehow was forced to work in the big bad world of films. However, the South Indian girl took it upon herself and transformed from what she herself called an “Ugly Duckling” and the Rekha we know today was born. But one look at Rekha today and all you can see is beauty and grace. Rekha glows with radiance even today and from someone who once called herself “dark complexioned”, she is anything, but that today! Gossip mills have been abuzz with the fact that Rekha went through skin lightening treatment. If you compare the pictures above, it is easy to understand that Rekha surely has done something to her skin. It is otherwise impossible to transform like that!

Shilpa Shetty – She has been in the limelight for quite some time in spite of remaining aloof from acting. Recently, rumours surround her of having undergone skin lightening treatment, but she has dismissed them casually, calling it her pregnancy glow. Well, we never really knew that pregnancy glow can change your skin colour this extent (and permanently), or can it?

Priyanka Chopra – Among the many surgeries and treatments she has undergone, skin lightening treatment is one of them. Compare her recent images to those of her Miss World days, and it is clear that she is a fairer reflection of her former self. It is rumoured that she underwent the treatment sometime in the past four years.

Bipasha Basu – Named the confident ‘Dusky Beauty’ of Bollywood, she was voted one of the sexiest woman in Asia for the year 2005 and 2007. She was always quoted as saying “I am dark-skinned and am proud of it”. However, hypocrisy slipped out of her nature forced by pity taunts and hurtful comments, and she finally gave in.Sometime in the recent past the actress decided to undergo skin bleaching, and a source close to her confirms of media speculations surrounding her.