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Readers Choice: The Sexiest Actresses of All Time

Last updated on: July 11, 2011 18:50 IST

Readers Choice: The Sexiest Actresses of All Time

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Raja Sen in Mumbai

Well done, dear readers.

We've been asking for your picks for the best names in the history of Indian cinema, and so far you've listed the Best Actors, Best Actresses, and Best Villains.

Seeing as you've been doing so impressively well, we thought we'll give you a special treat. So we asked you to put your feet up and think of the hottest women who've ever scorched our screens. Here, then, is your list of the sexiest actresses in the history of our cinema:

10. Katrina Kaif

She's always been bloody damned hot, but ever since Sheila happened Kat seems in a whole different league. More aggressive and in-your-face with her sexuality, she's now sizzling enough to make us jealous of mangoes, not just co-stars.


Image: Katrina Kaif in Nakshatra ad

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9. Shilpa Shetty

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They call her The Body. And with bloody good reason.

That taut torso, those mile-long legs, that perfect muscle-tone. Shetty has the best shape you can ogle in Bollywood, and something about that big dazzling smile makes all the staring feel welcome.


Image: Shilpa Shetty on Cine Blitz cover

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8. Deepika Padukone

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She has the legs, this one. Sure, she's a very beautiful girl and has cheekbones straight out of supermodel fantasies, but when it comes to this list, we'll stare directly and fixatedly at her legs, thank you very much.

They call her D-Pad, and we can just be grateful about how much she likes to flaunt those stems.


Image: Deepika Padukone in Tissot Ad

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7. Priyanka Chopra

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There's something about the sass she packs that makes Priyanka look far hotter than most of her peers. That, and the fact that she looks mind-meltingly hot in short shorts, a fact she emphasizes by trying to hunt out the hottest pants and tiniest skirts possible. Repetitive? We ain't complaining.


Image: Priyanka Chopra in Levis Ad

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6. Sridevi

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She's done it all, this voluptuous one. From seducing the camera as her lover in Kaante Nahin Kat Te, to wearing a white tee shirt and suspenders and getting drenched to the bone in Kisike Haath Na Aayegi.

But just so you don't forget, it all began with her legandary thunder thighs in Himmatwala.


Image: Sridevi
Photographs: Courtesy asiaSpa
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5. Madhuri Dixit

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Two words, people: Dhak Dhak. With a body blessed with rollercoaster curves, Madame Madhuri took over the screen with unapologetic sensuality, at her hottest in songs from Sailaab and Khalnayak.

Her wide-eyed na vet copy; and innocently massive grin worth a million bucks just made her sexier still.


Image: Madhuri Dixit on Filmfare cover

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4. Parveen Babi

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All it took was those wide eyes, going from innocent dumb blonde to hardcore harlot in a blink, leaving heroes and audiences dumbfounded, tongue-tied and completely enthralled.

Parveen's sexuality was raw and real, a gorgeous woman who never shied away from crossing moral lines on screen. Wow.


Image: Parveen Babi in Yeh Nazdeekiyan

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3. Madhubala

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In the end, I guess, it's about beauty. And there weren't many who could match up to the ethereal Madhubala. We didn't have to see her in fishnet stockings for her to send a frisson of thrill down our fortunate spines.

And no clothes could be as scintillating as her face when stroked by a rose in Mughal-E-Azam.


Image: Madhubala

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2. Rekha

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From courtesan to charmer, she made every part look striking, even a crocodile-ravaged heroine out for vengeance.

Those eyes are magnetic and those lips promise so much, but the sexiest thing about the ever-interesting Madame Re has always been her unbridled confidence, enough to take on any man and spit him out.


Image: Rekha in Bachke Rehna Re Baba

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1. Zeenat Aman

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Of course.

Zeenat stood for a lot: the seventies, rebellion, independence, bell-bottomed jeans, massive sunglasses, bikinis... The list goes on, and it only does so because of just how smoldering this lady was, going from hippie cool to seaside saltiness as smoothly and as inimitably as from pout to pucker.

Zeenat took the conventional 'heroine' role and ripped it mercilessly to shreds, taking its place as a highly empowered urbane icon -- in very high heels. Hallelujah, hot stuff.


Image: Zeenat Aman

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