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Deepika, Aishwarya, Kareena: Bollywood's Gujarati gals!

Last updated on: September 24, 2013 19:24 IST

Image: Deepika Padukone in Ramleela

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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Shradhha Kapoor , Gori Tere Pyar Mein

Image: Shraddha Kapoor

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.

Amrita Puri, Kai Po Che

Image: Amrita Puri in 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.

Lara Dutta, Housefull

Image: Lara Dutta in 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.

Kareena Kapoor, Chup Chup Ke

Image: Kareena Kapoor in 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).

Ameesha Patel, Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage

Image: Ameesha Patel in 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.

Gracy Singh, Lagaan

Image: Gracy Singh in 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.

Ketki Dave, Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya

Image: Ketki Dave in 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.

Aishwarya Rai, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Image: Aishwarya Rai in 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.

Smita Patil, Manthan

Image: Smita Patil in 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.