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The Way They Were
Like every year, 2011 left us with its share of memories. Some sweet, some sour. But each one of them made the year what it was, unique. If some became proud parents, others gave birth to blockbusters on screen. If some went West in the hope of recognition, others achieved notoriety at home. Truly, the year gone by was a mixed bag. Records were broken, outstanding work was Katrina Kaifdone, dubious distinctions achieved. Here's a look at all those who stood out and grabbed headlines last year…

Katrina Kaif
Some would say she has the luck of the devil. Others talk about her professionalism, sincerity and hard work. Katrina Kaif continues to baffle everyone with her rise and rise at the box office. She appeared in two movies last year. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Both movies hit the bull's eye forcing the critics to sit up and notice the actress who'd previously been dismissed as lightweight talent. So is she plain lucky or does she have talent? The jury is still out on that. In the meanwhile, Katrina continues to rake in hit after hit.
Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan
Time was when she'd been written off completely. Time was when her volumtuous body, her sartorial tastes were sniggered at. That was then. Today Vidya Balan is the toast of the nation. Those very attributes that were once mocked are now being eulogised. The Dirty Picture is testimony to Vidya's sauciness on screen. Whether she's making crude innuendos or bursting out of her ill fitted clothes, she put her heart and soul into her character. Earlier in the year, she showed her prowess in No One Killed Jessica. So much that by year and she was being hailed as the new hero on the marquee.
Bipasha Basu–John
Bipasha Basu–John
Abraham

They may have won polls as the couple most likely to tie the knot. But when it came to the crux, Bipasha Basu and John Abraham couldn't relly hold together. Speculations about their relationship had been going on for a while now. But each time the duo posed for hunky dory pictures and waylaid the doomsayers. Cracks as wide as the Grand Canyon couldn't be hidden for long. Bipasha was seen flirting with Hollywood star Josh Hartnett early this year. She then reportedly dallied with Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Rana Daggubati. John was busy giving the glad eye to his co-star. And thus a seven-year-old Saif Ali Khanrelationship was put to rest.

Saif Ali Khan
Yes, he had Aarakshan but that really didn't do much justice to him. Career wise, the year that went by was no great shakes. Things were on the slim. His home production Agent Vinod continued to laugish. Date problems further delayed the project. The year ended on a sad note for Saif Ali Khan. He lost his father, the Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan. Subsequently, he was made the 10th Nawab of Pataudi. This year apart from the completion of Agent Vinod, he has his Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia D'Souzaimpending marriage with Kareena Kapoor to look forward to.

Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia D'Souza

Both Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza had been going red in the face denying their relationship which apparently started when the two starred together in their debut film Tujhe Meri Kasam. Early last year, it was reported that the two were planning to tie the knot. Vehement denials from both parties laid the news to rest. When the media lost Farhan Akhtarinterest in their relationship, the two out of the blue declared they were getting married early this year. And the gossipmongers sniggered!

Farhan Akhtar
He continued to surprise with his versatility. First he won brownie points for his acting in sister Zoya Akhtar's Zindai Na Milegi Dobara. As Imran, he breathed life into the film. Then he showed he could use his vocals too. Just when we were applauding his capers before the camera, he slid behind it and gave us the super slick Don 2. Taut, stylish, modern, dark Don 2 was all of this and more. Yes, Farhan Akhtar is cool.

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