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Britain kiss list curls lip at Bollywood misses

London, Dec. 22: Alas for Kareena Kapoor, the Bollywood star figures nowhere in the wish list of actresses that men in Britain ' this includes Asians ' would most like to kiss.

According to the list of beauties men would like to catch under the mistletoe, Angelina Jolie turns out to be the most desirable with 31 per cent of votes cast.

Rising British actress Keira Knightley, 19, who was Gurinder Chadha's find in Bend It Like Beckham and later starred in Pirates Of The Caribbean, comes second with 23 per cent.

Then come Halle Berry (13 per cent) and Cameron Diaz (11 per cent), followed by South African Oscar winner Charlize Theron, 29, who ranks fifth with 9 per cent in the survey of 2,000 viewers conducted by Sky Movies, a satellite channel.

Despite topping a list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, 37, comes sixth with six per cent in the survey which was conducted for the Christmas season.

The pecking order for men is: Orlando Bloom (21 per cent); Brad Pitt (19 per cent); George Clooney (17 per cent); Colin Farrell (14 per cent); Tom Cruise (9 per cent); and Will Smith (8 per cent).

If there was a list based exclusively on the stars of Bollywood films, the results would be very different, agreed a journalist who writes on Hindi films for the ethnic media in Britain.

'Malika Sherawat would be top of the hot list,' he said. 'Aishwarya would be there somewhere, so would Bipasha Basu.'

He added: 'Priyanka Chopra would be included, as would Lara Dutta, who is trying to develop a sexier image. Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta are seen among British Asians as more the girl next door.'

Although some Indian women in Britain are sexually liberated to an extent, only a very tiny minority would feel comfortable kissing in public.

'We tend to hold hands,' commented an Indian woman journalist, who covers the subject of Bollywood in Britain.

She was unsure how the male actors would rate in the kissing stakes. 'Half of them come across as gay, others are midget sized. Amitabh is too old and past his sell by date.'

But she believes Asian women in the UK rate Hrithik Roshan, though he was not quite as kissable in her opinion as some of the rugged male stars of yesteryear.

'Arjun Rampal and Akshay Kumar do have something of that male hunk look.'

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