February 23, 2011 03:07:28 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Till date, the battle was between was primarily between Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra when it came to occupying that number one slot. However now with Anushka Sharma and Sonakshi Sinha seeing a rise in their fortunes and signing multiple films, the battle seems to be intensifying.
"Kareena is indeed the number one actress by miles when it comes to popularity. On the other hand Priyanka wins hands down when it comes to some of the tough roles that she has in her kitty currently. Katrina falls in between as she raised the glamour quotient (TEES MAAR KHAN) while also demonstrating histrionics (RAAJNEETI) last year. None of them can afford to relax though, what with Anushka and Sonakshi making their presence felt loud and clear", says an industry observer.
ANUSHKA SHARMA AND SONAKSHI SINHA
He has his reasons to say that. Anushka Sharma has shown gradual progress from RAB NE BANA DI JODI days and showed once again with BAND BAAJA BAARAAT that she is a terrific actress. Even in PATIALA HOUSE, which was basically a Rishi Kapoor-Akshay Kumar film, she shone in each of her scenes. No wonder, she has just bagged the latest Yash Raj Films project LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL even though her three film contract with the production house has expired. On the other hand Sonakshi Sinha now has confirmed assignments with Akshay Kumar (JOKER) and Saif Ali Khan (RACE 2).
"Of course the BIG 3 (Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif) have been around for 8-10 years and between them have more than 50% of the biggest films on floors", continues the observer, "However when it comes to it's leading ladies, industry is constantly looking for fresh faces every now and then. None of them can afford to be complacent and would have to be on their toes."