The glitz and glamour of Bollywood draws pretty faces from far and wide. But for an industry that thrives on exquisiteness and novelty, this is mostly a boon.
In the coming few weeks, the screen is poised to burst with such hot finds. So here goes, a glimpse of 10 of the newest babes on the block.
Mallika Haydon, Agent Vinod
Born in Hyderabad, brought up in Mumbai; Mallika (previously Maia) Haydon began her career as a model. She first appeared in a Pepsi commercial with cricket stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne following a stint with Kingfisher.
With kid sister Lisa already in the movies (Aisha, Rascals), Haydon is all set to follow suit. The half-Australian stunner features in two dance numbers (I'll do the talking, Pyaar ki pungi) of Saif Ali Khan's keenly anticipated action thriller, Agent Vinod.
Maryam Zakaria, Agent Vinod
Along with Haydon, Agent Vinod boasts of yet another exotic element.
The Iranian-Swedish choreographer turned model/actress Maryam Zakaria too has an important role in the film headlined by Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
Zakaria moved to India for greener pastures performing in item songs for Tamil and Telugu films like Nagram and 100% Love and is hoping AV will prove to be that all-important breakthrough.
Nathalia Kaur, Department
Originally Nathalia Pinheiro, the part-Brazillian, part-Punjaban winner of Kingfisher Calendar Girl (2012) is hoping to follow in the footsteps of exotic imports like Czechoslovakian beauty Yana Gupta or fellow Brazilian Giselli Monteiro.
Kaur makes her Bollywood debut in a scorching item number, Dan dana dan alongside Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati for Ram Gopal Varma's upcoming Department.
A clearly impressed Varma was quoted saying, 'Her beauty is truly electrifying and it just sparks out from every nook and curve of both her face and her body.'
Amy Jackson, Ekk Deewana Tha
The 21-year-old beauty queen from England was recently seen serenaded by Prateik Babbar in Ekk Deewana Tha.
Although her debut was in the Tamil period drama, Madras Town opposite Arya, the gorgeous Jackson is slowly working at becoming a prominent face in Bollywood circles.
Sunny Leone, Jism 2
The Indo-Canadian porn star became a household name in India after her stint on Bigg Boss 5.
Impressed by her real-life disposition and gorgeous face, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt resolved to cast her in his next project.
Will Leone with her heavily accented Hindi but smouldering hot body be able to reach the bar set by Bipasha Basu in this sequel to Jism?
Mia Uyeda , Blood Money
From Vancouver to Mumbai, Mia Uyeda is in Bollywood for the long haul. Following numerous modelling assignments, magazine covers to anchoring MTV's Saturday Shuffle, the pretty young thing from Canada has quite a mix on her resume.
A cameo in Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan and participation in Khatron Ke Khiladi 4, the erstwhile Kingfisher model appears in Mahesh Bhatt's Blood Money co-starring Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri.
Paoli Dam, Hate Story
Remember that sleek bare back on the teaser poster of Vikram Bhatt's Hate Story?
Meet Paoli Dam.
A Bengali actress with films like Gautam Ghose's Kaalbela and Rituparno Ghosh's Shob Charitro Kalponik to her credit, Dam drew particular attention for her nude scenes in Chatrak.
Her Bollywood debut, directed by Vivek Agnihotri is an erotic thriller co-starring Nikhil Dwivedi.
Illeana D'Cruz, Barfee
Already an established star of Telugu cinema, Illeana has worked in blockbusters like Pokiri, Kick and Jalsa.
The vivacious star is slated to make her entry in Bollywood with one of the year's most awaited films, Barfee directed by Anurag Basu.
Although Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are said to play the more challenging parts, Illeana is the sutradhar (narrator) that holds it all together.
Veena Malik, Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai
Clearly, the contentious reality show Bigg Boss is an excellent platform for aspiring actresses.
Like Leone, Pakistani actress Veena Malik too hopes to woo the Indian viewers with her trademark jhatkas, nakhras and abundant skin show (if her magazine covers are any indication).
She's found a taker in Aanand Balraj and his on-the-floors raunchy comedy, Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai starring fellow comedians Shakti Kapoor and Vijay Raaz.