When it comes to bold swimsuit acts, "If Namitha and Nayantara can, why can't we?" seems to be the general attitude among some South Indian actresses! With the increasing number of actresses stepping into 'wear a swimsuit/ bikini and catapult to the top in a short time' trend, Kollywood and Tollywood film industries can boast of a 'Swimsuit Club'!
Dusky beauties Priyamani and Anushka are the recent entrants in this club that boasts of Namitha, Nayantara, Malavika, Nagma, Rambha, Reshma, Sonam, Tejasri, Jyotika, Rakshita, Medha, Bhumika Chawla and several other famous names. What do all these beauties have to say? A unanimous "If the role demands it, I am willing to appear in a swimsuit/ revealing attire."
Priyamani, who has had a girl-next-door image among audiences, has recently shown a drastic change in her attitude by appearing a bikini in Nitin's latest Telugu film Drona. Anushka is also ready to wear a two-piece bikini, Nayantara style, in Prabhas's forthcoming film Billa (Telugu).
Of course, this trend is sure to ruffle a few feathers, especially among actresses who have been doing sweet, simple, girl-next-door roles. We have seen the likes of Meenakshi going in for a complete image change, from simple to oomph in her recent movies Perumal and TN 07 AL 4777. It is heard that Genelia too was approached to don a bikini, but she refused. Genelia prefers to be in the 'No Bikini Club' along with Trisha, who has also stayed away from donning a bikini in films.
But being a part of the no-bikini club has not reduced the offers for these girls. Genelia is currently busy with three exciting projects in Bollywood: It's My Life (remake of Bomarillu), Govinda's Life Partner and the cricket film Hook Ya Crook opposite John Abraham. Today, despite her young age, this charming beauty is firmly established in Bollywood among other biggies.
Trisha proved time and again that she is the Numero Uno of Tamil and Telugu films. Her recent hits Abhiyum Naanum in Tamil and King in Telugu have consolidated her top position, so she feels no necessity to appear in near-topless outfits! Her forthcoming films Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikalam, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Sarvvam portray her in roles with substance.