Deepika, Aishwarya, Kareena: Bollywood's Gujarati gals!
Deepika Padukone, who's risen to popularity with her mostly urban film characters, will be seen playing a spirited Gujarati village girl called Leela in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Ramleela.
Here's a look at other Bollywood leading ladies, who have played gorgeous Gujaratis in the past.
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Image: Deepika Padukone in Ramleela
Shradhha Kapoor , Gori Tere Pyar Mein
In Punit Malhotra's forthcoming romantic comedy Gori Tere Pyar Mein, Shraddha Kapoor, who garnered praise for her turn in Aashiqui 2, plays Gujarati girl Shabbu Patel.
Gori Tere Pya Mein also stars Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
Image: Shraddha Kapoor
Amrita Puri, Kai Po Che
In Abhishek Kapoor's much loved buddy film Kai Po Che, Amrita Puri plays the lovable and docile Vidya who falls for the nerdy Govind (played by Rajkumar Yadav), who gives her Math tuitions and is her older brother Ishaan's (Sushant Singh Rajput) best friend.
Image: Amrita Puri in Kai Po Che
Lara Dutta, Housefull
Under the sophisticated, mini skirt-wearing urban avatar, Lara Dutta's Hetal is a traditional Gujarati girl who invariably switches to Gujarati-speak while making calls to her estranged father (played by Boman Irani) in Sajid Khan's 2010 comedy Housefull.
Image: Lara Dutta in Housefull
Kareena Kapoor, Chup Chup Ke
Kareena Kapoor plays Shruti, a Gujarati businessman's mute niece in this Priyadarshan comedy.
The most loved member of her extended family, Shruti -- who everybody is eager to get married soon -- eventually finds her life partner in Jeetu (played by Shahid Kapoor).
Image: Kareena Kapoor in Chup Chup Ke
Ameesha Patel, Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage
Ameesha Patel's meek and fearful Sapna, who is brought up in a conservative family, falls in love with college boy Rohit (Hrithik Roshan) during the lavish Navratri parties hosted by her father.
The duo subsequently elopes.
Image: Ameesha Patel in Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage
Gracy Singh, Lagaan
Radha, probably the most beautiful girl in her drought-hit village, is in love with her childhood friend Bhuvan.
She wears colourful ghagra cholis and dances like a dream, especially in the playful and melodious ditty Radha kaise na jale.
Image: Gracy Singh in Lagaan
Ketki Dave, Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya
A real life Gujarati, Ketki Dave is hilarious as Appu Khote's (Johnny Lever) wife Vimla with her over-the-top mannerisms and comic timing.
Vimla is probably the only genuinely funny character in this multistarrer 2001 comedy.
Image: Ketki Dave in Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya
Aishwarya Rai, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Aishwarya's stunning Nandini in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 1999 hit film is the daughter of Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale) -- a revered proponent of Indian classical music, who lives in the Rann of Kutch.
The free-spirited Nandini's life changes irreversibly when she falls in love with Sameer, a prospective student of her father.
Image: Aishwarya Rai in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Smita Patil, Manthan
In Shyam Benegal's award-winning 1976 film Manthan that was based on Gujarat's White Revolution (operation Flood) kickstarted by Dr Varghese Kurien, Smita Patil plays the young and feisty village girl Bindu who is instrumental in bringing social change in her small community.
The film went on to win the Best Film and Screenplay National Awards and was India's official entry to the Oscars that year.
Image: Smita Patil in Manthan