India is a country which is dominated by the patriarchal society and this influence is not just seen in our daily lives but also in the showbiz industry as well.
Ever since the inception of Indian film industry, cinema has always been about men be it in terms of screen space, the importance of their character and pay scale.
However, fighting all odds, the women have managed to change the trend as Bollywood has witnessed some of the most amazing women-centric movies over the span of time. And, undoubtedly, they have managed to impress the audience.
So, on this Women’s Day, as the world celebrates the power of womanhood, we bring you some of the most powerful roles from the women-centric movies portrayed by Bollywood actresses on screen:
Deepika Padukone in Padmaavat: Padmaavat has been one of the most controversial movies of Indian cinema. The movie featured Deepika Padukone in the role of Rajput Queen Padmavati, who went against all the odds to protect her dignity. She was seen as an epitome of love, sacrifice and honour who didnâ€™t shy away from lying down her life in order to save the Rajputana aan baan and shaan. Although, the movie was mired with controversies for allegedly hurting the cultural sentiments, Deepika was lauded for her performance in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.
Sridevi in English Vinglish: Helmed by Gauri Shinde, English Vinglish not just marked the return of veteran actress Sridevi on the silver screen, but also presented the plight of a housewife who is living with a judgemental family. In the movie, Sridevi plays the role of a housewife who is looked down upon by her family for her poor English. The actress perfectly portrays thee journey of a woman to earn respect and prove the world that she has the right to live like she wants to.
Taapsee Pannu in Pink: Pink was one of the most talked about movies of 2016 which revolved around a group of girls who are molested by boys belonging to influential families. Starring Taapsee Pannu in the lead along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a pivotal role, Pink presents the struggle of the girls to get justice amidst this patriarchal society and their will to go to any extent to live with pride and honour.
Rani Mukherjee in Mardaani: Since our childhood, we have always seen men dressed as police officers and guarding our society. The same was also portrayed on the silver screen too. However, Rani Mukherjee chose to break the stereotype. The actress was seen essaying the role of a righteous police officer with a commendable commanding nature and strength. She can go to any extent to get justice and isnâ€™t scared to take up challenges.
Kangana Ranaut in Queen: This Vikas Bahl directorial starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead, displays the journey of an innocent middle class girl who is ditched by her fiancÃ© a day before her wedding. While it is a great setback for any girl, Kanganaâ€™s character refuses to live with self-pity. Instead, she turns out to be a liberated woman who has the audacity to travel the world and face everything alone.