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Bollywood's new seductresses

Last updated on: August 26, 2009 

Image: Rambha in a scene from Quickgun Murugun
Raja Sen

Hindi cinema doesn't like to blame its heroes. Even when they do what they aren't supposed to, its easier to point a finger on some sexy vampish creature wiggling around in front of them, forcing them into compulsion.

And while we've had truly memorable seductresses from Helen to Rekha, here's a look at ten of the recent bunch:

Rambha in Quickgun Murugun

In Shashank Ghosh's spoof featuring Channel [V] character Quick Gun Murugan, Rambha plays the wonderfully named Mango Dolly. The song introducing her is a killer one, and makes her instantly forgettable -- at least by name.

Mahie Gill in Gulaal

Image: Mahie Gill in a scene from Gulaal

Anurag Kashyap takes his Dev D starlet and here makes her a beauty-parlour owner cum courtesan who revels in the fact that she looks like Tabu.

Here, she really wants Kay Kay Menon bad, and makes use of great songs to make us realise that.

Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz

Image: Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar in a scene from Aitraaz

She's a high-ranked, powersuit-wearing executive hitting on a married man.

It's an act done hundreds of times in the movies, but Priyanka Chopra brought a different level of raw sexual aggression as she made on-screen moves on Akshay Kumar. Wow.

Kareena Kapoor in Don

Image: Kareena Kapoor in a scene from Don

It takes serious guts to take on a Helen song, but Kareena was bold enough to go all the way in Farhan Akhtar's confused new-age version of Don.

Her Kamini shimmies through seduction with adequate shine, even though she seems to leave Shah Rukh Khan pretty cold.

Aishwarya Rai in Dhoom 2

Image: Aishwarya Rai in a scene from Dhoom 2

In Sanjay Gadhvi's smash hit, Rai plays a spy sent to trap Hrithik Roshan.

This translates to teensy skirts, skimpy tops and much flashing of skin as she writhes sexually in front of the studly anti-hero in order to gain his confidence.

Madhuri Dixit in Devdas

Image: Madhuri Dixit in a scene from Devdas

Dixit, while clearly miscast as Chandramukhi in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's opulent retelling of the classic tale, nevertheless shines in her role as a kothewali dancer eventually vying for Shah Rukh's attention.

Tabu in Maqbool

Image: Irrfan Khan and Tabu in a scene from Maqbool

Vishal Bhardwaj's take on Shakespeare's Macbeth broke much ground, and Tabu's take on Lady Macbeth was no exception: a manipulative, sexed-up seductress hot enough to eat. And her dialogues. Wow.

Bipasha Basu in No Entry

Image: Bipasha Basu and Anil Kapoor in a scene from No Entry

Anil Kapoor played a happily married man in Anees Bazmee's No Entry, but it takes a lot for a man to say no to Bipasha Basu, especially when she's in the mood to peel clothes off.

Mallika Sherawat in Bachke Rehna Re Baba

Image: Mallika Sherawat in a scene from Bachke Rehna Re Baba

In this disastrous Heartbreakers remake, both Sherawat and Rekha played sirens hunting up horny millionaires in order to scam them out of their moolah.

Rekha was frightening, but Sherawat did many a bikini and one couldn't help but stare.

Ameesha Patel in Humraaz

Image: Ameesha Patel and Akshaye Khanna in a scene from Humraaz

The very casting makes this one pretty laughably memorable. Ameesha Patel trying to seduce Bobby Deol as Akshaye Khanna watches on.

Honestly, its bizarre -- even without seeing Patel encased in a block of ice mid-song.