Decade after decade, the much-celebrated Indian movie industry always used the heroine as the pillion rider in the movies. Whereas, the men, the heroes always stole the limelight as the rider. Even some of the most mesmerizing women of the industry are somehow overshadowed by the stardom of the men. However, it is safe to say that the times are changing. Recently, a lot of movies have been superhits, regardless of the absence of a well-known male character. Some of the greatest and best Bollywood movies of the recent past have been led by females who did not need a hero to come to rescue them.
In this blog, let's take a look at some Indian films that celebrate womanhood with pride and took the audience by surprise:
Lipstick Under My Burkha
Lipstick Under My Burkha was one controversial movie that was released recently. Starring four extremely talented women, namely, Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, the movie has talent in abundance. The movie features the life of these four individual women who want to break free from their mediocre lives to fulfill their desires, find happiness and discover themselves. The winner of 11 international awards, Lipstick Under My Burkha breaks Indian stereotypes, especially in regard to women.
The movie that featured the life story of the fearless Neerja Bhanot was possibly one of the most heart-wrenching films of our time. The lead character of Neerja Bhanot, in her biopic, Neerja, was played by Sonam Kapoor and there is no doubt she did extreme justice to her role. Sonam Kapoor kept brought the different elements of the film together, and her performance skills ensured that the audience could connect with the story at all times. Her performance in this movie bagged her national award, proving that a single woman army can do wonders too.
English Vinglish marked the comeback of the eternal beauty, the late Sridevi. Sridevi was portrayed as a typical Indian woman in the movie and was the central figure. Mocked for not knowing English, she takes it upon herself to prove her family member wrong and attends classes for the same. In the process, she reasserts her role, position, and value as a wife and a mother, and also ends up rediscovering her lost self. Indeed, a strong character played by an impactful actress. The film does not feature any male character in the lead, a woman-centric film in its truest sense.
Angry Indian Goddesses
Angry Indian Goddesses is an all-female led movie. It revolves around a story where a photographer friend invites her closest girl gang to celebrate her wedding in Goa. In these few days, the girls experience a chaotic pandemonium of emotions as they set out to explore womanhood.
It is almost close to impossible to forget the strong, bold character of Vidya Bagchi. The overtly talented and radiantly beautiful, Vidya Balan plays the role of Vidya Bagchi in Kahaani. The film records Vidya’s struggle to find her missing husband in Kolkata. This mystery thriller film also casts Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddique, who were too acclaimed for their exceptional performance as supporting actors in the film. However, the film would not have been half as gripping if not for Vidya Balan. She managed to seamlessly take on the responsibility of being the leading hero.
Margarita, With a Straw
Margarita, With a Straw, is a Kalki Koechlin starrer is one of the finest art movies that the industry has produced. This power packed film is in every sense fuelled by the bold performance of Kalki. Not only does this movie throw light on feminism, but also highlights some of the societies’ more basic and sensitive aspects. It talks in depth about a woman's sexual orientation and disability. Kalki’s journey through her bisexuality and it being seen as a disability shows the mentality of Indian culture.
Mardaani marked Rani Mukherjee's comeback to the big screen. In Mardaani, she plays the role of the protagonist, a female police officer named Shivani Shivaji Rai. This action thriller revolves around the character of Shivani Rai and her experiences of being a cop. The movie highlights the fact that one must stand up for what is right even though it may bring you down, regardless of what may seem easier to do.
Source: Bollywood Hungama
Every heard of a woman going on her honeymoon alone? Well, our very own Kangana Ranaut happened to take on an adventure of a lifetime. In Queen, after having her wedding being called off, she decided to take things into her own hands. Instead of sobbing and being generically melodramatic, she took off. How often would you see a woman doing that? Every scene of the movie will leave you wanting for more and more. Kangana Ranaut played the role of the lead character, Rani, so well that taking your eyes off her is just so difficult! This movie is the quintessential proof that women can play their parts successfully and independently.
There are many other films where the women played strong, bold roles and outperformed men.
These movies clearly show how women are equally capable of achieving everything they put their mind to. The performances of the talented actresses of the industry have been successful in changing the mindset of the society in little ways.
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