Sunny Leone has changed the profile of Bollywood heroines as we know it.
What’s more, the early promos of her first Bollywood film ‘Jism 2’ suggest she can act – and we don’t mean the adult stuff that made her a star in the first place.
No one is impervious to her charms, not even Osama bin Laden, if the rumours are to be believed.
With Miss Leone in Bollywood headlines like “intimacy”, “bikinis” and “daring scenes”, common fodder for Bollywood coverage in the past, seem passe.
Is there anyone out there who can keep up with Sunny?
It was a struggle to come up with true ‘desi’ contenders and not just because of the cultural divide.
Here's a lowdown on the top five Bollywood girls who we think can keep red-hot Sunny from taking over the 100-year-old Indian film industry.
Malaika Arora Khan
Bollywood's 'Badnaam Munni' aka Malaika Arora Khan has made a name for herself in the Indian film industry as a leading item girl.
Many item girls have come and faded away, but sexy Malaika still remains the number one item girl with her gyrating moves and sultry looks.
A mother of a growing boy, Malaika has even been termed as the 'best item girl' of Bollywood by none other than Salman Khan, who is also her brother-in-law.
Her sensuous moves in "U.P., Bihar lootne", "Chhaiya chhaiya", "Hoth raseele", "Kaal kaal", and "Mahi ve" are just of the hot numbers where she competes with herself. All her item numbers have been chartbusters till date.
Disclaimer: She is a true contender and needs no disclaimers.
Pakistani starlet Veena Malik has been in the showbiz industry for more than a decade but she has grabbed the limelight by its collar only after making several controversial appearances and statements.
Veena has revealed, among other things, that she would pose nude for 'Playboy' for $1 million if she is offered to do so.
Earlier, she also engaged in a passionate debate with a mufti, who claimed she had engaged in immoral behaviour as a contestant on Bigg Boss.
Malik told him off by pointing out the double standards of Pakistani media against women among other rebuttals.
She has signed South remake of 'The Dirty Picture'. "I don't mind being titled as South's Vidya Balan," said Veena, who will also be seen in 'Supermodel' opposite Ashmit Patel.
Other projects in the pipeline are 'Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai', 'Zindagi 50-50' and 'Mumbai 125 km'.
Her reality show 'Swayamwar' is in trouble as the channel which was supposed to telecast the show got shut down.
A few months ago, controversy resulted in Pakistan over a nude image of Malik on the cover of FHM magazine India edition in which she had "ISI" written on her upper arm – the initials of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
Malik says she was topless but did not pose completely nude, and has sued the magazine over the images.
Disclaimer: Nobody seems to have first-hand knowledge of Veena's dancing… or acting skills. She is a contender simply because of her dare-to-bare personality.
Mallika Sherawat has found an alternate career in Bollywood as an item girl.
The sizzler from Haryana did a series of item songs in 2011 alone. She was very much in demand and shot for Shalu Ke Thumkey (Bin Bulaye Baraati); Jalebi Bai (Double Dhamaal); Kalasala (Oshti-Tamil).
In 2012, Mallika sizzled as 'Laila' in Tezz.
Disclaimer: Her sensuous moves are ok, but in order to seriously compete with Sunny Leone, she needs to raise her well, standards? If that makes sense… given that this is Sunny Leone we are talking about. However, she did look poised during her appearances in Cannes, thanks to her Jackie Chan connection.
Poonam Pandey sprang to limelight as a Kingfisher Calendar girl for 2011.
She was the first Kingfisher Calendar girl to pose nude for a magazine, according to Wikipedia.
She had hogged the headlines when she vowed to strip if India lifts the cricket World Cup in 2011.
Although she did not keep her promise after India was declared world champions, she did pose nude moments after IPL 5 concluded.
Disclaimer: Although, there is no indication that Poonam has the flair to carry off an item number, the sheer number of followers she has on Twitter makes her a big draw… if not for a main role, at least for the curiosity factor she will bring in an item number
The Bollywood actress from London always had the looks and the figure to become a hot item girl and she proved it in Salman Khan's Bodyguard. Clad in a skimpy dress, Katrina's belly dancing moves in 'Sheila Ki Jawaani' topped the charts for weeks. A year later, katrina went back to some more hip grooving with 'Chikni Chameli'. The desi number cemented Katrina's position as a true contender for item songs in Bollywood. No wonder both Bodyguard and Agneepath went on to join the elite Rs100-crore club.
Disclaimer: Katrina might have to divest some more clothes if she wants to compete with Sunny's oomph factor. Her silicone pout is definitely not enough.