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Finds of the year

Shrabanti

Tolly’s Twinkle Khanna, shall we say? The way she smiles does make us think of Dimple Kapadia’s firstborn. Not exactly a newcomer, Shrabanti swung back into filmi action with Bhalobasha Bhalobasha a few summers after she did Champion with Jeet. Her pairing with Hiran has helped Bhalobasha Bhalobasha cross 50 days at the theatres, and her admirers think Shrabanti has only got better with age. The nervous girlie giggle has given way to an enigmatic feminine smile, for one. If she doesn’t turn her back on Tollywood again, Shrabanti is here to stay.

 

 

Priyanka

She had been picked to play the heroine’s friend in Chirodini... Tumi Je Aamar but Lady Luck had better plans for Priyanka. The 18-year-old Behala girl not only walked away with the lead role after auditions, she was spot on at the box office too. She turned heads frolicking on the sands in short frocks, she melted hearts fighting and pining for her beau. Master potboiler-maker Swapan Saha has already signed her on. Watch out for Priyanka in more playful moods next year.

 

 

Best body: Claudia Ciesla

Bust 38, waist 26, hips 40. It was Claudia Ciesla’s body, and not her Tolly debut 10:10, that had the town talking about her. (She camped in Calcutta for over a month to shoot for six minutes of screen time!) Her topless pictures on the Internet had got the 10:10 makers in hot pursuit. But the German model sprang an (un)pleasant surprise by acting coy and going fully clothed as a foreign journalist in the film. Claudia did paint the town red when she was not shooting — singing in nightclubs and merrily posing for the camera, baring her ample cleavage.

BOLDEST dresser: Swastika Mukherjee

Swastika raised the bar with a bra! When she dropped her inhibitions for a t2 shoot, her dress code was a black strapless bra, which she donned with panache. “Boldest dress is a relative term.... For me wearing a daring backless top isn’t bold,” the gutsy girl had told us.

Inspired by size zero Bebo, Bhebli (that’s what those close to Swastika call her) hit the gym with a vengeance and cut out the flab. The svelte actress’s current style statement is short frocks, flashing a great deal of her shapely legs. Her other achievement: being the best coiffured actress in tinsel town.

Hot heroine: Rituparna (for Mon Amour and Chaturanga)

When there’s a sultry seductress’s role, Tolly directors usually knock on Rituparna’s door. Though she prances around in mini skirts and tank tops in most of her ‘commercial’ films, Rituparna can tone down her exuberance to match the mood of her screen character if need be. Like in Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited, where she played a modern-day, sophisticated Labanyo, and in Chaturanga, where she was the feisty Damini. In a sari revealing a bit of bare back (Chaturanga), Rituparna singed the screen more than she does in hot pants and noodle straps.

 

 

Hot Hero: Prosenjit (for Khela)

Tollywood’s main man hasn’t looked more handsome — or hot — in recent times. Truth be told, his rugged, unkempt look in Khela made many women go weak in their knees.

Though Prosenjit seems to favour a cropped cut — which he has been sporting in all his recent films, from Golmaal to Rajkumar — long locks and a scraggly beard look great on him. P also knows how to kill his women — Raima, Manisha and us — with a playful smile and a romantic gaze.

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