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Bollywood going the gori way

This week’s release, Kambakkht Ishq, has Akshay Kumar romancing Hollywood actress Denise Richards. Hiren Kotwani looks at the forthcoming gori chhoris who could well steal the scene from our tinsel town heroines.

entertainment Updated: Jul 02, 2009 15:33 IST
Hiren Kotwani

This week’s release, Kambakkht Ishq, has Akshay Kumar romancing Hollywood actress Denise Richards. It’s another thing that Kareena Kapoor is the film’s leading lady and will finally walk off into the sunset with him at the end of the show.

Although this is not the first time that a Bollywood hero is serenading a gori mem, Hiren Kotwani looks at the forthcoming gori chhoris who could well steal the scene from our tinsel town heroines

Denise Richards
She plays Akshay Kumar’s love interest in Kambakkht Ishq, releasing this Friday but her kiss with the Khiladi Kumar has already made headlines. Denise started off as a fashion model and acted in small films and teleshows. But it was only after Starship Troopers (1997), did she get noticed. Most of her films like Wild Things and The World Is Not Enough, have highlighted her sex appeal.

Entertainment Weekly ranked her as the Worst Bond Girl of All Time in 2008.

Currently, she has her own reality show, Denise Richards: It’s Complicated on America on Channel, E!

Kylie Minogue
Australia might not be a favourite destination for Indians in these times of racial discrimination.. but Kylie Minogue was a part of Blue ever since the script was finalised, according to director Anthony D’Souza. Apart from gyrating with Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta and Zayed Khan for an item song, Minogue will also be seen in a couple of scenes in the thriller.

The singer and songwriter from Australia rose to prominence in mid 1980s with the television soap opera, Neighbours. She achieved a string of hits after inking a deal with English songwriter and producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman, in 1987.. but when she parted ways with them five years later, her popularity waned.

She returned to popularity in 2000 with elaborate music videos and extensively mounted stage shows, till she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Last year she was awarded the Order of British Empire (OBE) for her services to music.

Barbara Mori
Hrithik Roshan’s heroine in Kites. Of Uruguay-Japanese and Mexican origin, 14-year-old Barbara Mori Ochoa was working as a waitress when fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to be a model. By 17, she became independent and two years later, she met actor Sergio Mayer who fathered her son, also named Sergio in 1998.

Although she didn’t quite make it big as an actress, she appeared topless on the cover of Max magazine and has done many an intimate scenes in her past films. No wonder, there’s a lot of buzz about her lip-lock with the light-eyed Roshan dude in Kites.

Reportedly, there was growing closeness between the two actors following which speculation of trouble in Roshan’s marriage made headlines recently. Presently in Mexico, she is supposed to return to Mumbai again for the premiere of the film later this year.

Jacqueline Fernandez
The former Ms Sri Lanka has anchored Lanka Business Reports and also wrote a weekly column for the national paper, Daily Mirror. She’s also running a non-profit organisation focusing on the empowerment of the underprivileged.

She was linked with Vivek Oberoi, who is believed to have recommended her to Sujoy Ghosh. The director was planning Aladdin with the actor after the debacle of Home Delivery. The film did take off, but without Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh was signed on instead. Fernandez will play Princess Jasmine. Even before the film was completed, she bagged yet another project with Deshmukh, Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai, where she plays an alien from Venus.

Florence Brudenell Bruce
She plays Saif Ali Khan’s love interest in his maiden production venture, Love Aaj Kal. The U K girl has an important part in the film and will be seen in most of the first half of Love Aaj Kal.

She was in the news for dating F1 driver Jenson Button. But the break-up didn’t seem to have affect her much.. since the 22-year-old model has signed up to endorse John Lewis swim wear. Flee B-B, as she’s called affectionately by family and friends is believed to have consented Saif’s production since his Race is one of her favourite Hindi movies, along with Om Shanti Om and Guru.

Kalki Koechlin
Although she’s born in Pondicherry, India, Kalki Koechlin is of French origin. She was studying in Ooty when her parents insisted she join a university abroad. Kalki pursued drama and theatre at Goldsmiths University of London before returning to India to try her luck in Hindi movies.

In Mumbai, she was doing modelling assignments and television commercials when Anurag Kashyap shortlisted her to play Chanda in Dev D. During the making of the film, the director and the actress fell in love. The two have come out in the open about their relationship.. and buzz is that she will feature in his next film too.

Lisa Lazarus
She’s a British national who represented U K at last year’s Miss Universe pageant. Reportedly, director Anil Sharma was looking for a western girl for the second lead in Veer

his period epic with Salman Khan when he saw her photographs. A meeting was fixed through her agent and soon, the U K beauty was signed on.

Not much is known about the kind of modelling work she has done, but according to Sharma, “The first time she faced the camera for a movie was for Veer.”

Claudia Ciesla
This German model and aspiring actress made her Hindi film debut with the recent dud Karma: Crime, Passion and Reincarnation. Even before its release, Claudia was more in the news for her link-up with Salman Khan and pictures with Abhishek Bachchan at Cannes International Film Festival.

She was reported to be launched (or should we say, relaunched) in Khan’s next project, but it fizzled out after a chain mail of her apparently doctored nude images started doing rounds on the internet. Apart from doing an explicit shoot for The Sun, Claudia is said to have shot topless a number of times in the past. As of now, she has no new offers to brag about.