If you are amongst those who think that gender biases should be done away for good and that females should be going ahead to claim their place of rightful achievements and glory; your time has come and it is all happening right now, right here. The females are ruling the roost in all aspects of society. Be it the work front, society, power game, or home. These are fantastic times to be a woman and our female achievers are proving just that. Since cinema shadows the progression of society; it is currently shadowing this trend wholeheartedly. Let us have a discerning look at these wonder women of Bollywood.
As an actor, Deepika Padukone has had no mentors or Godfathers to begin with. She made it on her own and owns it completely with unequivocal finesse. Apart from her ‘Goddess-like’ looks, her talent also speaks on its own. She exhibited her skills with versatility in projects like ‘Kartik Calling Kartik’, ‘Finding Fanny’, ‘Love Aajkal’, ‘Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani’ and ‘Piku’. The next level of Deepika’s performances then unfolded in movies like ‘Ram-Leela: Galiyon Ki Raasleela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and recently ‘Padmaavat’.
She not only became the muse of the nation but also went on to deplete the pay parity in the industry. She is known to have charged a higher fee than her male counterparts in the movie, ‘Padmaavat’. Deepika has been unabashed about her personal and work choices and her upcoming movie ‘Chapaak’ where she plays the role of an acid attack survivor, prove the same. She has been confidently vocal about her fight with ‘depression’ as well as issues of her personal life. She leads the righteous path of feminism with poise.
She flaunts feminism with the independence of shape, size and personality issues. As a mainstream actress, flaunting a wide waistline and a not so attractive figure could not have been a cakewalk. But, she accepted and made others accept her too the way she is. Her stellar performances in movies like ‘Parineeti’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya’, ‘Begum Jaan’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Kahaani’ and ‘Tumhari Sulu’, helped focus the limelight on her work. Her forthcoming movie, ‘Mission Mangal’ based on women instrumental in the launching of Chandrayaan at ISRO, seems to be another expected feather to her cap. Her fearless spirit and determined work, have established her as an artist, rather than a model.
Priyanka Chopra made dusky look sexy. She was never the traditional one. Taking on negative roles like in ‘Aitraaz’ right at the beginning of her career required guts; then as well as, now. But, she successfully broke the cast. Her performances in ‘Kaminey’, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Gunday’, ‘Barfii’, ‘7khoon Maaf’ and then ‘Mary Kom’ established her as an acting stalwart in our own industry.
But, our desi girl was not content. Priyanka Chopra went on to become our very own brand ambassador to Hollywood, who aces her footing there as well. A task tried and failed by many male actors before her too. Her acting performances in ‘Quantico’, ‘Baywatch’ and now, ‘Sky is Pink’ have forced the people there too to sit up and take notice.
Movies and Cinema run in her blood, but she makes them run at her own comfort speed. Kareena Kapoor Khan works, parties, socializes and stays with her family at her own terms. This always multi-tasking bombshell makes everything look so easy and sassy around her. But, her work speaks for itself. Her cinematic journey began with a movie like ‘refugee’. Her talent and work journey evolved to movie performances of ‘Chameli’, ‘We Are Family’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Omkara’, ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Ki and Ka’ and the recent ‘Veere di Wedding’. As a person, she fears no-one. She has taken her own decisions and stood up to each one of them like a pro both in success as well as failures.
She has been Cinema’s destiny child. With Mahesh Bhatt as father and Karan Johar as a mentor, Alia Bhatt was expected to be another run of the mill actress; running around trees, singing songs and dancing well. Rather, she surprised everyone with her acting talents. Her work choices and performance have been able to establish her as a skillful artist, apart from the beautiful diva that she is.
Her role plays in movies like ‘Highway’, ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania’, ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘2 States’, ‘Dear Zindagi’, ‘Badrinath ki Dulhania’ and ‘Raazi’ are nothing short of phenomenal. No actor has been able to achieve such an enviable list of credited performances in such a short span of time. Alia Bhatt has been successfully able to spawn out of the shadows of her mentors and shine brighter of her own will with each passing day.
She is the queen; who is in no sense short of any king. Kangana has been unabashedly opinionated ad vocal about her opinions in the industry. She has also been ‘controversy’s favorite’ for the same reason. As an actress, she knows that she has the talent and that her fans like her for the same. She is thus, fearless in raising her voice for various issues of the society. Be it cinematic nepotism, MeToo, media glare or patriotism, Kangana has not been the one to stay mute.
Her movies, on the other hand, speak tons about the actor’s talent. Kangana’s performances in ‘Fashion’, ‘Life in a Metro’, ‘Queen’, ‘Simran’, ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu2’ and the recently launched ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’ have been mindboggling, to say the least. Her skillfulness and creative genius are visible in each of her role plays.
These actresses do not require the support of males leads to perform well at the box-office or to garner critical acclaim. They are well capable to shoulder any movie to success. The evolving times, audiences and the evolving cinema love them for who they are and what they have achieved. They give us females a feel-good factor and inspiration to reach for the stars; despite anything and everything. We simply cannot have enough of them.