Poonam Pandey, Veena Malik, Nupur Mehta: Claim to fame

There is no better way to garner fame than generate controversy. And there are quite a few starlets in B-town who have made it big by riding the controversy wave. Here are a few of them:

Nupur Mehta is just the latest B-town starlet to grab headlines for all the wrong reasons. There have been several others who have set the trend much before she did. And there are quite a few who tried but just couldn’t make their ‘fame’ last for the long run. We bring you our choices of those who managed to make it for a surprisingly long time.

Nupur Mehta: She had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in Sunny Deol- starrer Jo Bole So Nihaal. But the aspiring actor got her 15 seconds of fame after her name cropped up in match-fixing allegations stemming from the India-Pakistan semi final match during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. She added fuel to fire after admitting she had dated Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan. Post her confession, she has been splashed on TV news channels and chat shows.

Poonam Pandey: The 19-year-old aspiring model created a frenzy last year after offering to go nude in the green room before Team India if they won the ICC Cricket World Cup. Though she didn’t bare all after the win, she did post a topless picture of hers on Twitter after India defeated Sri Lanka during the Tri-Series at Hobart last February. It made her the most sought after person on the internet and landed her a place in the adventure reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 4. She still pops up as a trending topic quite often.

Veena Malik: The Pakistani actor has been talked about for all her linkups with Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif and Bollywood actor Ashmit Patel and her alleged nude photo shoot for FHM magazine. In fact, religious fundamentalists were so upset with her nude pictures that they issued a fatwa against her. Once the hype around died down, she hogged media attention when she went missing from the sets of her upcoming film Mumbai 125 Kilometres.

Pooja Misrra: This VJ grabbed eyeballs for being aggressive and loudmouthed in the fifth season of the reality show Bigg Boss. After being evicted from it, she accused host Salman Khan of being biased. She was even embroiled in a war of words with her Bigg Boss 5 housemate Pooja Bedi.

Rakhi Sawant: She is tagged as drama queen by many. Item girl Rakhi Sawant has always made headlines either for making sarcastic remarks about actors like Katrina Kaif or Malaika Arora Khan or her kissing episode with singer Mika or for her fight with her ex-boyfriend Abhishek Awasthi. It helped her become so popular that she appeared on Karan Johar’s chat show and bagged item numbers in big banner movies. She is the one who has lasted the longest on the basis of controversies.

Sherlyn Chopra: Sherlyn made her Bollywood debut with the 2007 film Red Swastik in which she had quite a bold role. However, the film didn’t help her much. But she managed to be in the news for posting nude pictures on Twitter.

Sambhavna Seth: The Bhojpuri item girl set the TRPs soaring with her high-voltage drama on the reality shows Bigg Boss 4 and Desi Girl. In Bigg Boss, she got involved in an argument with television actress Shweta Tiwari’s ex-husband Raja Chaudhary, while in Desi Girl she locked horns with Kashmera Shah.