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What works best: Sexy or simple?

Last updated on: September 24, 2009 

Image: Rani Mukerji

Being sexy isn't easy.

Bollywood today is brimming with cleavage, skimpy clothes and every third major release is publicised using the word bikini. But is that always the best way to look hot?

Here's a look at 10 of our hottest heroines, and we see both their sexy and as simple avatars. Some are scorching, some are traditional. And you get to vote on each of the looks.

Rani Mukerji
Dil Bole Hadippa vs

Rani Mukerji's weightloss is the talk of the town these days as the actress gets into a bikini for her upcoming Dil Bole Hadippa. Still, we've always loved good ol' Rani as well, especially when she looked this enchanting in Paheli.


Priyanka Chopra

Image: Priyanka Chopra

Dostana vs Kaminey

Piggy Chops looked jawdroppingly hot in Dostana as she pranced around in short shorts and skimpy tops, but a case has to be made for how sexy she looked when drunk on beer in her latest, Kaminey.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Kareena Kapoor

Image: Kareena Kapoor

Tashan vs Jab We Met

Tashan was all about size zero as Kareena poured a tiny bod into a tinier bikini, and walked around in booty-lovin' shorts. Meanwhile in Jab We Met, her patiala salwar and tee shirt look was hard to resist.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Sonam Kapoor

Image: Sonam Kapoor

Delhi 6 vs Saawariya

Sonam walked out of the station and exchanged her desi look for a funky avatar in Delhi 6, looking as rocking as can be, but the first time we saw her in Saawariya also had its own charm as she looked exotic and otherworldly.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Dhoom 2 vs Devdas

Ash hotted things up in Dhoom 2 with cleavagey tops and tiny tiny skirts, and man those legs looked good enough to eat. But there are many fans who like the way the striking beauty looked when draped in long, traditional saris.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Shilpa Shetty

Image: Shilpa Shetty

Dus vs Life... In A Metro

In Dus, Shilpa pulled on painted-on trousers and tanktops and looked every bit as ready to kick a** as Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft. And on the other end of the spectrum, she looks great as a simple housewife in Life... In A Metro.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Katrina Kaif

Image: Katrina Kaif

Boom vs Sarkar

Kaif made her feature film debut by disregarding all manner of clothes and virtually prancing around in her underwear in Kaizad Gustad's Boom, a far cry from her sober, staid look in Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Bipasha Basu

Image: Bipasha Basu

Dhoom 2 vs Omkara

Dhoom 2 saw Bips pour that bootylicious body into a bikini, among other tight-fitted outfits. Yet Omkara gave her Billo Chamanbahar a desi sexuality like no other, especially with songs like Beedi and Namak.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Preity Zinta

Image: Preity Zinta

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna vs Kya Kehna

Zinta rocked the blingy tops and tiny hemlines in Karan Johar's KANK as she played a high-powered fashion magazine editor. Several years ago, she played a young pregnant girl in Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna, and her look was appropriately simple.

Who was hotter? You pick.

Minissha Lamba

Image: Minissha Lamba

Kidnap vs Yahaan

So excited was Minissha Lamba about showing off her body in Kidnap that she kept giving kidnapper Imran Khan an eyeful of curves. But we still can't quite get over her long flowing hair in her subtle debut film, Yahaan.

Who was hotter? You pick.