Bollywood is capable of making films that inspire women to be more than just accessories. Especially in recent times, there have been a number of movies that go against the tides of regressiveness in Indian society. Films now credit a woman with being more than just someone who appears on celluloid to grab eyeballs during a dance number or to play the damsel in distress. She is not just someone who gets herself into trouble and waits for the macho male protagonist to kick them, In fact, women are now scoring bold roles, carrying entire projects on their shoulders, without sharing the screen with a male actor with a popular surname. So here are some of the Bollywood’s ‘breaking stereotype’ movies with female protagonists.
Today, we’re commemorating five female characters who have taught us how to be a boss-lady whether it’s at home or workplace or any part of the world!
1. Rani from Queen
Directed by Vikas Bahl and starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead, the film revolves around this simple girl, who takes herself out of her comfort zone after being let down by the man she loved. She turns her life around, when she sets out on a solo trip (that was initially supposed to be her honeymoon) and finds liberation, independence, and empowerment along the way.
2. Veera from Highway
One of the most well-written characters in the recent past, Veera, played by Alia Bhatt, hails from an elite family, who worry more about their prestige and societal image, than the mental well being of their daughter. Her life suddenly changes, when she is kidnapped and is made to travel along with the offenders until her family succumbs to their demands for ransom. Finding freedom on the road, and in the new life that she is pulled into, Veera turns all her pent-up anger towards her folks into power and decides to leave behind all her wealth and live a simple yet meaningful existence.
3. Shashi from English Vinglish
This film not only marked Sridevi’s return to the silver screen, but it also brought a fresh wave of light-hearted cinema that was emotionally inspiring – Sridevi’s character, Shashi, plays a housewife in a judgemental family and decides to earn some respect. Not only does she succeed in that, but she also reiterates that she gets to choose what she wants to do.
4. Minal from Pink
Played by the talented Taapsee Pannu, this film revolves around the frustration and anger of a woman living in a metro city and trying to win a case against a bunch of hoodlums from an influential background. Ultimately, after much struggle, she emerges victorious, giving many women like her in India the much-needed hope for justice.
5. Pinky from Udta Punjab
Alia as Kumari Pinky – an impoverished young migrant from Bihar, who turns into a drug-addicted slave — played the character of a true survivor! Even though she was subjected to the worst possible circumstances, she never gave up hope of escaping from there and didn’t miss the chance to find new ways to escape. In the end, her effort pays off, and she manages to set herself free, with the help of Tommy Singh (played by Shahid Kapoor)!