Off late there has been a significant change in the way Bollywood’s perspective has shifted from a central character, to films made with Women specifically in mind. Redefining the rules of Bollywood are the younger generation of the industry who have stormed the industry with their power pack performances and on this year on the International Women’s Day, we bring forth these women who managed to create history with the films they chose, they acted and who have left an impact on us.
We not only have the actresses who have created a niche for themselves in the industry with the choice of the films they have played , but we also have the dynamic women directors such as Gauri Shinde, Zoya Akhtar and Farah Khan . Actresses not only are popular with their films as a star but they are also launching their own production houses competing with the male dominated industry. Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Lara Dutta and Juhi Chawla to name a few who have all turned producers and are successful in their venture.
We have seen our most popular actresses who have been par excellence in their roles and in the winning situation with every film they have touched upon and women oriented films are getting more popular and have hit the top on the list of credits in the films.
Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Sushmita Sen, Alia Bhatt for example are no longer consigned to song and dance business but have got a foot hold in the industry with a status of being The BOSS…. They rule and make everyone sit up and notice them in the films . To quote a few most popular films of the recent times,
Kangana Ranaut’s " Queen " did not have the top of the range A star cast but the single woman Kangana carried off the film on her shoulders and the film proved to be a blockbuster with the actress duly getting the credit for the entire film.
Vidya Balan’s " Kahaani " that released in 2012 and a woman dominated film was out and out a Vidya Balan film for every scene that she succeeded in putting across her strong and poignant point , the audience saw a women in a different light with revenge on her mind, far from the weepy teary eyed heroine..
In the film Pink, Taapsee Pannu, earned accolades for her star performance despite sharing the screen space with the legend superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the actress was the highlight of the film and conveyed a strong message that a woman who lives alone, drinks and leads her own life is not a slut or a prostitute or is not available.
Then came Parched, the story of four women in Rajasthan played by Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Lehar Khan who are subjected to patriarchal rules and orthodox traditions . The film portrayed their strong sense of freedom when they decide to escape from the village in search of better life and run away from the misery that was constantly inflicted upon them in form of abuses and assaults. The four women broke all norms and traditions to live a life with dignity.
Neerja a biographical thiller starring the pretty Sonam Kapoor is based on the Pan Am Flight 73 hijack in Karachi on September 5th 1986. The film is a story of the head purser Neerja Bhanot and her attempt to alert the pilots and grounding the plane. She was shot dead by the hijackers while trying to help and save 359 of the 379 passengers and the crew on board. Neerja who was awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the youngest person to receive the medal. The film is important because Sonam Kapoor brings out her very best as Neerja and has shown her heroic role and not the damsel in distress . A brave heart, sensitive and intelligent her act as Neerja Bhanot is simply outstanding.
Alia Bhatt in the coming of age drama film, Dear Zindagi starring along with Shah Rukh Khan. Directed by Gauri Shinde.. Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar are seen in supporting roles in the film . The film is based on the woman who follows her problems and troubles and Alia Bhatt playing the role is the pivotal role in the entire film while Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a second fiddle as the psychologist. Alia’s character has gained a new perspective towards life as a woman who undergoes depression and how she comes out of it , a situation faced by many women in real life.
LIpstic Under My Burkha might have got on the wrong side of the CBFC who have refused to certify the film stating that the story is of a women who have fantasies about their life and the film is all about sexual scenes, abusive language and audio soft porn which is a sensitive topic . The film touches upon a particular section of the society therefore the CBFC have not approved of the film. The story of a burqa clad college girl, a young beautician , a mother of three and a 55 year old widow who rediscover their sexuality. A bold film starring Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in the leading roles . The film that went on to do a premier at the Tokyo And Mumbai Film Festival and won the Spirit of Aisa Prize and also the Oxfam Award for the Best Film . The four actresses were applauded for their performance and for taking up such roles to give a performance par excellence.
There are few more films that might required to be listed and the most recent one that is ready for release is Vidya Balan in the film, ‘ Begum Jaan’ in which she plays the role of a fierce fearless Madam of the Brothel who fights against the Nation for her home, her country and sets her rules . Dressed in earthy shades of clothing, bold with her curly hair perched on an antique chair holding a hookah in one hand. That’s what Balan will portray as the brazen Madam who runs the brothel and a story that is daring , bold and unique. In the upcoming film, Begum Jaan she plays the brazen Madam of a Brothel who survives the fight during the political scene during partition.
And the most forthcoming film this year to be release on April 14th is Begum Jaan. With Vidya Balan portraying a fearless women fighting for her rights.