Katrina Kaif's currently leading Heroine of 2012 poll! VOTE NOW

New Delhi, Dec. 7 -- When a film fares well at the box office, it is an actor's star power which is credited for pulling the crowd to theatres. More often than not, an actor is the face of an Indian film- SRK's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Salman's Ek Tha Tiger or Akshay's Rowdy Rathore. But do you think films will have the same fate without its leading ladies (in this case- Katrina, Anushka and Sonakshi) backing up our heroes? Not really!

On the basis of top 10 grossers of the year, vote for the best Bollywood female performer of 2012:

KATRINA KAIF

Ek Tha Tiger (Rs 186 cr)

Director: Kabir Khan

Actor: Salman Khan

Release dabte: August 15

Genre: Action/Romance

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Rs 98 cr)

Director: Yash Chopra

Actor: Shah Rukh Khan

Releasedate: November 13

Genre: Romance/Drama

Katrina romanced the two Khans of our industry this year- arch rivals Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. She reunited with ex-flame Salman in Ek Tha Tiger and the late Yash Chopra's last directorial venture saw her sharing screen space with SRK. With both these films, Katrina's acting graph is soaring high. She delivered convincing performances and made her presence felt. Beware everyone, Kat is not just a pretty face anymore!

SONAKSHI SINHA

RowdyRathore (Rs 133 cr)

Director: Prabhudeva

Actor: Akshay Kumar

Releasedate: June 1

Genre: Action/Drama

Son of Sardaar (Rs 85 cr)

Director: Ashwni Dhir

Actor: Ajay Devgn

Releasedate: November 13

Genre: Action/Comedy

Both films were dominated by their heroes- Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn. Sonakshi still managed to somewhere hold her own in the limited space alloted to her. Her USP? Curvy figure and desi girl appeal. Also, she emotes really well. Don't forget, Sinha girl is also a part of Dabangg 2, which releases on December 21 this year.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA

Agneepath (Rs 120 cr)

Director: Karan Malhotra

Actor: Hrithik Roshan

Releasedate: Januray 26

Genre: Action/Drama

Barfi! (Rs 106 cr)

Director: Anurag Basu

Actor: Ranbir Kapoor

Releasedate: September 14

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Agneepath was all about Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt, but Priyanka did make herself count as Kaali Gawde. Similarly, Barfi was Ranbir's film but if not outshine him, she did give him a run for his money with her fantastic portrayal of an autistic girl. Priyanka is all up for experimenting with different kind of roles and that's what sets her apart.

ILEANA D'CRUZ

Barfi! (Rs 106 cr)

Director: Anurag Basu

Actor: Ranbir Kapoor

Releasedate: September 14

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Ileana D'Cruz made her acting debut with Barfi and how! Her portrayal as a city girl who falls for a small-town deaf-mute guy was as convincing as it can get. Not only did she look great, but her act was widely applauded. She wasn't the one to be missed even though Ranbir and Priyanka were part of the cast. Her USP is definitely her acting proficiency.

ASIN THOTTUMKAL

Bol Bachchan (Rs 100 cr)

Director: Rohit Shetty

Actor: Ajay Devgn

Releasedate: July 6

Genre: Action/Comedy

Asin has slowly carved her way to become one of the most popular actresses in Bollywood. This year, she was a part of Bol Bachchan which made it to the Rs. 100-crore club. She is also featuring in recently released Akshay Kumar's Khiladi 786, which is likely to become one of the top grossers of this year. What makes Asin special- she is a bindaas performer.

ANUSHKA SHARMA

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Rs 98 cr)

Director: Yash Chopra

Actor: Shah Rukh Khan

Releasedate: November 13

Genre: Romance/Drama

The Rab Ne Banadi Jodi girl has come a long way. Not everyone gets to be a Yash Chopra heroine after all. The film was about the love story between SRK and Katrina but still Anushka made her presence felt. Her biggest plus is that she is an uninhibited actress, with 'bring it on' as her tagline!

DEEPIKA PADUKONE

Cocktail (Rs 75 cr)

Director: Homi Adajania

Actor: Saif Ali Khan

Releasedate: July 13

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Deepika Padukone was the 'it' factor in Cocktail which got many going to theatres. Her chemistry with both Saif and Diana Penty was the catch of the film. And of course, she has the body to die for. The Padukone babe was also appreciated for her performance in the film. Deepika has the X-factor which sets her apart from the crowd.

DIANA PENTY

Cocktail (Rs 75 cr)

Director: Homi Adajania

Actor: Saif Ali Khan

Release date: July 13

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Diana Penty made her Bollywood debut with Cocktail and didn't get over-shadowed by Deepika's strong screen presence. Her girl-next-door look totally worked in her favour. She certainly has some class and let's see where she goes from here.

NOTE:

Figures are reported by IMDb.

JTHJ and SOS are still running in theatres and hence, its figures will increase.

Housefull 2 (Rs 113 cr) actresses are not on the list as it was a multi-starrer film. OMG! Oh My God (Rs 81 cr) didn't have any lead actress. Both these films are in the top 10 grossers list.

Recently released films- Talaash and Khiladi 786- may make it to this list. Also, Dabangg 2 which is slated for December 21 release, is expected to be one of the biggest grossers of 2012.

Follow us at @htShowbiz

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.