Nayantara has once again proved that she is the top South actresses, who has the most sought after body in the film industry. The underlining point is that she has managed to outdo Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who is making her debut in Tamil films with forthcoming Kochadaiyaan starrer superstar Rajinikanth.
Actress In Bikini
A poll conducted by Oneindia on the best bikini actress tells the story of Nayantara's popularity. The website had asked its readers to choose one among the top 17 bikini babes and people have voted for the Billa girl. Anushka Shetty, Ileana D'Cruz, Lakshmi Rai, Priyamani, Shreya, Namitha, Shruti Hassan, Neetu Chandra, Sada, Ankitha, Sona, Deeksha Seth, Mumaith Khan, Shraddha Das and Sona were in the race.
The Best Bikini Babe
Nayantara had a close fight with Anushka Shetty, but the interesting point of the story that Deepika Padukone has lost it with a good margin. It shows that Nayan, who had sported bikini only once in her career, has a huge fan following on internet. In fact, other actresses in the race were not even close to the top three actresses - Nayan, Anushka and Deepika.
Nayantara, Anushka Shetty and Deepika Padukone have beaten other contestants by huge margins.
Follow the slideshow to see their pictures and know the vote share of every contestants. (Note: There are 17 slides.)
Anushka Shetty In Second Place
Anushka Shetty was considered as a glam doll until she reinvented herself as an actress in Arundhati. Prior to this film, the actress had sported swimsuits in a few Telugu films.
She got 21% of the votes from our readers.
Deepika Padukone In Third Place
Deepika Padukone, who is making her Tamil debut in superstar Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan, has donned two piece even before she landed in film industry. During her modelling days, the actress had sported bikini and in her Hindi movies too, without any hesitation, the actress has sported the same.
Deepika Padukone got 18% of the votes.
Priyamani In Fourth Place
Priyamani, who had maintained a good image after superhit film Paruthiveeran, became a mass queen after sporting bikini in one of her Telugu movies.
It is disappointing to note that the difference between the first three actresses and the fourth is huge. Priyamani stands in fourth position by getting six percent votes.
Shruti Hassan was seen in bikini in Hindi movie Luck. However, she has donned it after she entered South movies.
Surprisingly, she has featured in the top five bikini babes of South India. She has got five percent of votes.
Like Nayantara, Namitha's bikini avatar in Billa is popular. Apart from the Ajith film, she has donned swimsuits in a couple of South films in different languages.
Namitha has been beaten by Shruti Hassan by just one vote though their percent of vote sharing is the same. Well, looking at Namitha's popularity, she would have definitely found the place in top three positions but our readers voted her out.
Deeksha Seth, who entered Tamil films with Vikram's Rajapattai, sported bikinis during her modelling days.
She got four percent of votes and stands at seventh position, and shares the place with Neetu Chandra.
Neetu Chandra has sported bikinis on a few occasions and most controversial among them was her lesbian bikini shoots.
She got four percent of votes and stands at seventh position and shares the place with Deeksha Seth.
'Laska laska' girl Ileana D'Cruz has always known for glamorous avatars. In two of her Telugu films, she is seen in swimsuits.
She managed to secure only three percent of votes from our readers. It may be because she has not acted much in Tamil films.
Lakshmi Rai is often remembered for her sexy roles. She has sported bikini/swimsuits in Tamil and Telugu films and Mankatha is one among them.
Lakshmi Rai and Ileana's vote sharing is same but the latter has beaten her by two votes.
South Indian actress Shraddha Das shocked her fans when she donned two-piece for a Telugu movie.
She has secured two percent of votes.
Shriya Saran posed with bikini for a magazine a few years ago, which had become a sensational news then.
She has secured two percent of votes but one lesser vote than Shraddha Das.
Sadha sported swimsuit in one of her Telugu movies. The Anniyan actress got merely one percent of vote.
Actress Nicole shed all her inhibitions when she sported bikini for her Tamil film Adada Enna Azhagu.
She secured one percent of votes but one lesser vote than Sadha.
Item girl and actress Mumaith Khan never had issues when it comes to show her skin. She displayed her raw figure in a photoshoot for a magazine and a few South Indian movies.
She lost to Nicole by a margin and secured one percent of vote.
Glamorous and controversial Sona Heiden donned bikini for Tamil movie Sokkali.
She too performed poorly and secured handful of votes.
Actress Ankitha, who was last seen in Tamil movie 2010 Bhagyaraj, took the bold route when there was nothing much happening in her career.
She too performed badly and secured handful of votes.