The year has been interesting for the typical Bollywood heroine. She has experimented. A lot. Most of the women in our list of top actresses of 2004 have run through a great selection of different roles, and the response to our poll shows that you, our readers, applauded this variance.
Here are the five best actresses of 2004, chosen by rediff.com readers worldwide.
5. Sushmita Sen
Sush turned normally rational males into pools of gibbering mush, and most of the country's women into cattily envious shrews.
When Shah Rukh Khan's overwhelmed arms kept rising up to welcome the stunning Miss Chandni, every man in the audience could relate.
The woman is gorgeous! She was seen this year in the experimental Paisa Vasool, as a strong woman with guts; in Main Hoon Na as the irresistible Chandni, making saris uber-cool; and earned well-deserved acting plaudits in stylistic horror flick Vaastu Shastra.
Special: Bollywood's Best 2004
Text: Raja Sen | Design: Uday Kuckian