PIX: Bollywood's extremely loud, over-the-top ladies!
Bollywood is all about playing it to the hilt.
With its larger-than-life icons, grand musicals and far-fetched twists, it caters to flamboyance like no other. And in this amplified view, quirky appears crazy and chatty becomes loud.
Up next, Vidya Balan goes for the unsubtle with her brazen attitude and bizarre wardrobe as a Punjabi housewife named Neetu in Raj Kumar Gupta's edgy comedy, Ghanchakkar co-starring Emraan Hashmi.
She's not alone. Quite a few before her have stepped out of their dreamy, demure comfort zone to go overboard and kooky.
Here's a look then at these zany, over-the-top ladies who are, mind you, exasperating in bearing but blessed with hearts of gold.
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Image: Vidya Balan in Ghanchakkar
Rani Mukerjee, Aiyyaa
Image: Rani Mukerjee in Aiyyaa
Priyanka Chopra, Agneepath
No wonder her co-star prefers to maintain a dignified silence all through her relentless screaming, cribbing and giggling.
Image: Priyanka Chopra in Agneepath
Katrina Kaif, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Image: Katrina Kaif in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Kareena Kapoor, Golmaal Returns
And there's her soap-addict housewife in Golmaal Returns that mocks on this farcical imagery to evoke laughs.
Image: Kareena Kapoor in Golmaal Returns
Madhuri Dixit, Raja
Image: Madhuri Dixit in Raja
Kajol, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Image: Kajol in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Shilpa Shetty, Badhai Ho Badhai
Her wide grin and penchant for hard make-up doesn't help either.
In this Anil Kapoor comedy, she plays a typical (by Bollywood definition) Punjabi girl -- noisy and nerve-wreckingly annoying.
Image: Shilpa Shetty in Badhai Ho Badhai
Juhi Chawla, One Two Ka Four
Image: Juhi Chawla in One Two Ka Four
Preity Zinta, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
The original Ms Bubbly burns her effervescent charm to play a crude prostitute in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke.
Her gaudy costumes and tacky makeup work hard to make it all look convincing.
Image: Preity Zinta in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
In this tale of twins, Sridevi One stutters in fear while Sridevi Two takes down the baddies and gets up close with the good ones in a zany avatar that is unabashedly loony, whimsical and filmi, so very filmi.
Image: Sridevi in Chaalbaaz
Rekha, Madam X
Brace yourself for the mother of all hamfests where Rekha in a never-before-seen avatar in and as Madame X dresses bizarre, talks bizarre and celebrates bizarre.
It's not loud, it's cacophonous.
Image: Rekha in Madam X
Hema Malini, Sholay
Cute was never THIS clamorous.
Image: Hema Malini in Sholay