The hottest village belles of Bollywood
With her first film Dabangg, Sonakshi Sinha brought the rustic appeal of village belles back on screen with her character Rajjo with much success.
The quintessential gaon ki gori has been Bollywood's pin up girl for as long as we can remember and several actresses have sizzled on screen as village-dwelling young spirited girls who remain etched in our memory.
So let's revisit the countryside and have a peak at the hottest village belles of Bollywood.
Image: Sonakshi Sinha
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Guru
As a young girl, she frolicks in the first rain of the year, flitting through her picturesque village and transforms into a resilient wife to an ambitious entrepreneur husband.
Image: A still from Guru
Bipasha Basu in Omkara
Bipasha made Bidi Jalaeele an anthem as the sultry village dancer Billo in Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara, his desi take on Othello.
Image: Bipasha Basu
Lara Dutta in Billu
Image: Lara Dutta
Deepika Padukone in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
Deepika plays freedom fighter Kalpana Datta in Ashutosh Gowarikar's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
Dressed in crisp cotton saris, Deepika looks quite the idealistic and brave woman she portrays in the film.
Image: Deepika Padukone
Priyanka Chopra in What's Your Rashee
One of the 12 characters that Priyanka plays in the film is that of a 15-year old village girl Jhankhna.
Nervous and aloof, Jhankhna meets Yogesh Patel (Harman Baweja) for a prospective matrimonial alliance.
Image: Priyanka Chopra
Amrita Rao in Welcome To Sajjanpur
The petite Amrita Rao plays Kamla Kumharan in Shyam Benegal's film. Kamla lives with her mother-in-law in their native village while her husband is in the 'city' to earn a decent living.
The naive and demure village lass is faithful to her husband but is also drawn to Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade).
Image: Amrita Rao