Mallika Sherawat
Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat Reuters

Actors Dhanush and Mallika Sherawat have been voted as the Hottest Vegetarians of 2011 by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

Announcing the result of an online poll, PETA said in a statement: "We proudly present to you PETA's Hottest Vegetarians of 2011 (drum roll, please). The winners are Mallika Sherawat and Dhanush."

PETA termed Dhanush, who created a sensation with his song "Why This Kolaveri Di," as a "sweetheart to animals."

"Being a vegetarian always made me feel healthy. I've always felt light. Every time I sit down to eat, I'm helping the environment", says the 28-year-old Tamil actor.

Mallika Sherawat, who has been named as the hottest vegetarian of 2011, has said that the best part about being a vegetarian is having a "clear conscience." She says that the secret to her "fabulous figure is a green diet."

The winners of the Hottest Vegetarians of 2011 were chosen on the basis of the total number of votes each celebrity received, each celebrity's potential to reach a large audience and PETA India's assessment of each celebrity's attractiveness.

Other top competitors included Bollywood actors Sonu Sood, Shahid Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Kareena Kapoor.