Readers' Pick: Bollywood's No 1 actress
There are all kinds of lists, with all manner of convoluted criteria to decide on who gets to be number one. So we decided to keep things simpler and ask you who India's numero uno actress is.
Click through to examine our ten nominees, and then cast your vote so we can determine who is really the people's choice.
The industry's resident diva, Kareena can clearly carry off all kinds of roles, from the dialogue-heavy to the hotpant-friendly.
One of the most glamorous women in the industry, she has style, panache and a very distinct identity -- and is rumoured to be among the very highest paid actresses.
Image: Kareena Kapoor
A ravishing stunner, Kat has slogged hard to get where she is in Bollywood.
Considered a lucky charm by producers, her hit-loss percentage is astronomical and she seems to make a great pair with any leading man.
With Rajneeti being one of 2010's biggest hits, Kat's stock is higher than ever now.
Image: Katrina Kaif
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She might not be quite as lovely as she used to be back in her 20s, but even at 37 the lady with the double-barrelled last name packs quite a punch.
Her Raavan might not have set the box office aflame, but she was reportedly paid a whopping 6 crore for featuring in the year's biggest hit, Robot.
Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She's mixing it up good, this girl.
From hosting reality shows and making boys sweat to just wearing short skirts and making boys sweat even more, PC is definitely a bonafide superstar who knows how good she is.
She's also currently in the position where she can shrug off flops -- Pyaar Impossible, Anjaana Anjaani -- simply because the spotlight isn't stopping anytime soon.
Image: Priyanka Chopra
Alright, her two international projects -- You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Miral -- didn't get her the kind of reviews she hoped for, but our Slumdog Millionaire girl did get to work with two of the world's premiere directors, Woody Allen and Julian Schnabel.
And she's the only Indian girl to consistently crack the 'sexiest girl alive' lists around the world.
Image: Freida Pinto
This has been a year Deepika's pushed herself as an actress, trying valiantly in films like Karthik Vs Karthik, Lafange Parindey and Ashutosh Gowariker's upcoming Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
She hasn't impressed just yet, but at least she's showing earnestness -- which, coupled with those legs, makes her a frontrunner on any list.
Image: Deepika Padukone
While the rest of the industry parades around in tiny clothing, Ms Balan has stolen a march on everyone around by turning into a critical darling.
From last year's Paa to this year's Ishqiya, Balan has become a star-act who doesn't have to rely on skin-show for work. This generation's Kajol? Perhaps.
Image: Vidya Balan
Ever since her Saawariya debut a few years ago, people have been waiting for Sonam to hit the limelight.
Her first hit came this year with the critically-savaged I Hate Luv Storys, and then came Aisha, a film that made her a new-age fashion icon.
Image: Sonam Kapoor
When deciding the year's top heroine, what are the parameters? Hits? Bollywood power? Critical acclaim?
Well yes, but why isn't a super-hot body just as relevant a measure? Shilpa's scorching figure keeps her around in any list, even if her own cricket team might not be doing as well.
Image: Shilpa Shetty
What, you may ask, is this lady doing here after the embarrassing debacle that was Hisss?
Well, the film made money and Mallika's one of the few heroines who doesn't need a leading man. With Hollywood projects and lots of red-carpet shoulder-rubbing with legends, this girl's truly come a long way.
Image: Mallika Sherawat