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Girl Power: The Rise of Female Protagonist in Bollywood

Girl Power: The Rise of Female Protagonist in Bollywood

Gone are the days when the women were just an eye candy in Bollywood movies, luring the audience with their latkas and jhatkas. A major shift is being noticed in the Indian cinema where the protagonist isn’t some Khan, Kumar or Bachan but the Indian beauties who prove that you don’t always need a male lead to make a movie a BLOCKBUSTER.

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You must remember Durga Rani Singh from Kahaani fighting for herself and her loved ones without the support of any male counterpart. And also, the young Dehli girl ‘Rani’ who goes on her solo honeymoon against all odds, rather than portraying herself as Bechaari over a broken marriageForget not, the caring and loving daughter Piku who can go an extra mile just to see her father happy. These characters are a reminder how beautiful and captivating stories have been neglected in Bollywood for a while. The appreciation for these women-centric films has made one thing clear: Female can take the lead where ever they want to.

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The appreciation for these women-centric films has made one thing clear: Female can take the lead where ever they want to. 

Not only this has happened to be a success for the female actors in the industry, but also has given a fresh perspective in terms of content in the movies. Moving away from the desi masala movies, there were some strong and inspirational stories told: be it the fragile character of Veera from Highway, or a strong modern day Tanu in Tanu Weds Manu to a caring and responsible daughter like Piku. From single leading woman like Kahaani to multiple women-centric stories like Pink, the audience are welcoming female protagonist roles more than ever.

2017 being the year for the female actors of the year. With Phillauri already released, there is much anticipation for female-oriented movies like Noor, Begum Jaan and Padmavati.

2017 being the year for the female actors of the year. With Phillauri already released, there is much anticipation for female-oriented movies like Noor, Begum Jaan and Padmavati. There is a growing sense of individualistic roles among the female actors in the industry. While Kangana Ranaut and Sonakshi Sinha has asserted their movie preferences without any big male actor, others are pursuing roles with much to their credit rather than just being a glamor quotient in the movie.

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It is indeed welcoming to see so many women-centric movies rising to success, paving way for many more to come. Although there is nothing wrong with having the male actor in the lead, there was a dire need to break the monotony of the content produced in Bollywood. Characters like Piku, Tanu and Veera exemplifies and glorifies the struggle and courage of everyday lives of women and their issues. Getting praises from the male members of fraternity, it ushers a new era of girl power in Bollywood.

A silent spectator who takes note of everything that happening around. Currently heading the digital department at NABSID advertising, Farah loves to write about trends in the digital marketing world and beyond. Born to be a journalist but drifting away, she is passionate about writing on daily life struggles, sports, social issues, politics and last but not the least, journalism.

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