Bollywood's new seductresses
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.
Image: Rambha in a scene from Quickgun Murugun
Mahie Gill in 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.
Image: Mahie Gill in a scene from Gulaal
Priyanka Chopra in 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.
Image: Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar in a scene from Aitraaz
Kareena Kapoor in 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.
Image: Kareena Kapoor in a scene from Don
Aishwarya Rai in 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.
Image: Aishwarya Rai in a scene from Dhoom 2
Madhuri Dixit in 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.
Image: Madhuri Dixit in a scene from Devdas
Tabu in 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.
Image: Irrfan Khan and Tabu in a scene from Maqbool
Bipasha Basu in 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.
Image: Bipasha Basu and Anil Kapoor in a scene from No Entry
Mallika Sherawat in 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.
Image: Mallika Sherawat in a scene from Bachke Rehna Re Baba
Ameesha Patel in 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.
Image: Ameesha Patel and Akshaye Khanna in a scene from Humraaz