In Part 8 of our 11-week special, we look at 11 of the best bikini bodies in Bollywood.
She already had the experience of sporting one during her ramp days for a calendar when the model-turned-actor joined the bikini brigade for the first time on the big screen in Sajid Khan’s Housefull last year. A fabulous body and a surfboard stomach to carry the two-piece with ample grace, Deepika literally stood tall among her female co-stars.
She took diving lessons, underwent strenuous training and lost close to eight kgs for this one before going on record to claim she possesses “the best bikini body” in showbiz. One can’t help but agree as the former beauty queen-turned-actor sizzled sensuously underwater in red and white two-pieces for one of 2009’s biggest duds, Blue.
She made greater news than the stock market, even leaving her size zero goss behind when she slipped into a green itsy-bitsy bikini for 2008 dud Tashan. If that wasn’t it, Bebo flaunted her toned body in another flop Kambakkht Ishq (2009) in a leaner, meaner avatar. Kareena, who achieved the perfect size, has now taken an oath for a no skin show, but still says beau Saif Ali Khan loves her in a two-piece.
She might not have managed to make a mark with her acting skills but Amrita Arora definitely got inspired by her best friend Kareena Kapoor to pull off a two-piece stint in Kambakkht Ishq with panache. Charming looks and a toned body, she didn’t have to undergo any extra effort to get into the purple beach costume and make her presence felt.
The actor bowled over audiences with a silhouette designer bikini in her debut Fashion (2008). She hit the gym with a vengeance to let her curvy body do the talking in a white two-piece in last year’s horror dud Help. “I wasn’t conscious as the script demanded it. I worked hard to keep my body in shape,” she had said.
The 26-year-old broke her ‘no skin show’ vow and shed all inhibitions to transform herself from a coy, demure girl in Bachna Ae Haseeno to a super sexy single child brat in Kidnap (2008). That didn’t come easy as the actor went for an eight-month rigorous work out regime. “I did the dieting-gymming routine to get a body for the bikini,” she had said.
It didn’t help her dissolving career but definitely brought her back into the limelight. All that Ameesha had to do was lose oodles of weight and undergo a complete makeover to look ravishing in a yellow bikini — for a cameo song called Lazy Lamhe in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. For her stint, she had said: “It was the demand of the character.”
Bipasha swept mankind off their feet with her bikini avatar in the action-adventure Dhoom 2 (2006). Floral imprints, light shades — the bong beauty underwent rigorous training before donning a bikini, leaving men gawking at her amazing abs and toned body. However, she commented after Dhoom’s release, “Wearing a bikini is too tiring. Every inch of your body has to be fit.”
The former beauty queen didn’t shy away from striking some violin chords on a beach in a bikini in her debut Janasheen (2003). Having tattooed herself onto people’s minds with her foreign looks, blue eyes and body language, she wore a bikini again in Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (2008). “I have a good figure, and I look good in a bikini,” she asserts.
Mallika didn’t hesitate an inch in exchanging multiple kisses in a two-piece in her debut Khwahish and kept repeating her act in outings like Bachke Rehna Re Baba and Murder. Voluptuous, confident and sexy, the controversial Bollywood actor has now gone international with her no-shy attitude in American film — Politics of Love.
Dubbed as a bikini girl since the time she forayed into Bollywood with Qayamat(2003), Dhupia was tagged as a sex symbol for her frame, long legs and her two-piece clad bold avatars in future outings like Julie (2004) and Sheesha (2005) before giving it all away for meaty scripts. Having cut the flab, she still owns one of the best bodies in Bollywood.
Bikini babes of all time
1 Parveen Babi
She set the screen aflame in a two piece for Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982)
2 Zeenat Aman
She topped popularity charts with her famous bikini act for Qurbani (1980)
3 Dimple Kapadia
She donned a red two-piece number for her debut Bobby (1973)
4 Sharmila Tagore
She dared to bare in An Evening In Paris, way back in 1967
Bollywood’s first bikini babes
Nutan was the first one to slip into a swimsuit for Dilli Ka Thug in 1958. She was followed by Saira Banu in April Fool (1964) and Vyjayanthimala in Sangam (1964).