She likes to chew on juicy bits of sugarcane, dance wildly in vast, open fields and grumble in broken English. And when she's not chasing an army of goats or filling matkas of water, you'll find her dodging the lustful advances of the village baddie.
Meet Bollywood's quintessential gaon ki gori. From Vyjyanthimala (Naya Daur), Waheeda Rehman (Patthar Ke Sanam), Asha Parekh (Mera Gaon Mera Desh) to Saira Bano (Shagird), Mumtaz (Ram Aur Shyam) to Hema Malini (Sholay), Rekha (Mr Natwarlal), Meenakshi Seshadri (Dacoit), Madhuri Dixit (Ram Lakhan), Juhi Chawla (Bol Radha Bol) and Tabu (Virasat), nearly every heroine of merit has slipped into the ghagra-choli mode, at some point in her career.
rediff.com lists the new crop of village belles to hit the screen in recent times.
Aishwarya Rai, Guru
As the demure albeit spirited village girl coming to terms with the crazy rush of Mumbai's fast-paced life as well her eager husband's ambitions, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivered a topnotch performance in Mani Ratnam's Guru.
Text: Sukanya Verma
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