Though for the longest time Bollywood has portrayed female character as that of a damsel in distress. While now by the 21st century the Bollywood film makers have realised that women are no longer a weaker sex and so have also produced several popular movies that celebrate the undying spirit of a woman.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day here are some Bollywood movies that have given credit to women empowerment and talk about their considerable strength and courage.
- Kahaani (2012)
The movie Kahaani, is an amalgamation of mystery and thriller co-written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh staring Vidya Balan as Vidya Bagchi, whereby a pregnant woman who is searching for her missing husband whom she loses in a poison gas attack. The film showcased that unlike any other women she didn’t sob and waited for the legal system to bring her justice rather she comes up with a plan, goes out alone in such a condition (pregnancy) and not just finds the culprit but also, kills the man behind her husband’s death.
- English Vinglish (2012)
Sridevi’s comeback film, released during the same year as Vidya Balan’s Kahaani, featured a middle class housewife on a journey of self-realization. The movie English Vinglish, written and directed by Gauri Shinde showcases how a loving and caring mother/wife is mocked by her family for her lack of understanding a particular language. She enrolls in an English-speaking course in New York and realizes the kind of self-respect she’s been missing all the while. Throughout the movie it is seen how she overcomes her fears, stands up for herself and learns to love who she is, apart from being a mother and wife.
- Gulab Gang (2014)
The movie Gulab Gang directed by Soumik Sen, is a crime and drama centered film that throws light on the struggle of women in the country. Staring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, the movie is about feminism and politics going head to head. Gulaab Gang is a movie about fighting against the evils caused towards women and this is achieved when the women of a small village come together as one. This movie is all about women empowerment and how politics plays a big role in the Indian culture.
- Mardaani (2014)
Dealing with the problem of human-trafficking that is a big issue and is quite popular in India, the movie Mardaani starring Rani Mukerji in the lead role,and directed by Pradeep Sarkar shows how a woman police officer is seen tackling the entire system and the gangsters in hope of finding her foster child, who is being caught in the human trafficking racket. This movie, is a lesson that a woman can go to any extent to protect and take care of her child, especially if she is in grave danger.
The movie Queen is a comedy-drama film starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles and is directed by Vikas Bahl. The story is based on a Delhi girl from a punjabi traditional family who sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled. Kangana Ranaut’s interpretation of a girl’s journey through darkness into the light is so bouncy, bubbly and burnished that would surely make you applaud this film about an Indian girl’s journey of self-realisation.
- Neerja (2016)
Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja, the movie is based on a true story that depicts the extraordinary concept of bravery and courage of a real-life woman. Neerja Bhanot, who was a Pan Am flight attendant who died saving the lives of passengers on board in a hijacked flight in 1986, is the protagonist of the film. In the movie, we see the protagonist trying to help the passengers of a hijacked plane, be it by keeping her cool or standing up to the hijackers, or by constantly maintaining her duties as a cabin crew or being the citizen of India and protecting her fellow countrymen and those aboard the flight.
With the powerful screen presence all these B-town actresses have given a powerful screen presence. Which among the above is in your watch-list this Women’s Day ?
Yesha Rughani from Hero Gayab Mode On
Working during a pandemic is no easy feat, but actor Yesha Rughani, who was last seen in Muskaan, says that all precautions are being taken on the sets of her brand her show Hero Gayab Mode On. Talking about it, she says, “I think new normal has become a lifestyle now. Whether I am going for work or something else, I have to follow precautions. Obviously, you are scared. But on the set, we take many precautions, medical people are there, they check us every day. The makeup and hair stylists are wearing their kits. So, I think overall it’s a secure working environment. I hope everybody stays well and fit.”
The actor is back on the sets after almost a year and is loving it. “We wrapped up Muskaan’s shoot in December last year and this show is launching December. We have started shooting from November so I think almost a year. It just feels too good to be back and I think I have been missing being onscreen. I missed shooting and I am loving the feeling of getting on the makeup chair, the entire routine, listening to action, cut, roll each and every minute detail of shoot life. It’s fabulous to be back,” she says.
In fact, she’s got a lot of appreciation for her look too. “I rejuvenated myself during this break. I got into this healing thing where I was on a strict detox and my skin healed, my hair, my body healed. I was in my comfort zone and used to wake up on time and follow a proper routine, even though there was a lockdown. I had ample time in the lockdown to take care of myself. I am fresh as a flower now and all set to rock again. For the new look, I am getting really good reviews because people are seeing me like this onscreen for the very first time. My first two roles were very different. So, seeing me in a totally different avatar with short hair is exciting. I have really lost weight, there is a different kind of look and feel to the role. I am getting a very good reaction and I am loving it,” she says.
Meanwhile, Yesha started a balloon business too during the lockdown and plans on balancing both her acting and business venture. “Lockdown has, of course, changed our lives in many ways from being able to value things to be grateful to life, self-healing and taking care of yourself, self-discipline. I ventured into a new business. I love to be very busy so I think it wouldn’t be a problem to manage both the things. I have my sister also who is taking care of this business, apart from me. I think it works for us. I also carry my laptop and everything to shoot so that if I get some time, I make some designs and send them across. I think it’s going to be fun to manage both,” she says.
Anupamaa welcomes Kinjal in the Shah home, gives lessons on a happy married life
Anupamaa in Rajan Shahi’s show of the same name had the dream of welcoming her daughter-in-law with a lot of love and warmth. And though her elder son, Paritosh, married Kinjal without the permission of their families, Anupamaa made sure she welcomes the newly-wedded couple by following all the rituals and a lot of love.
Firstly, when Rakhi was going to slap Kinjal for taking this step, Anupamaa stopped her saying that she cannot hurt her daughter-in-law and welcomed them home by doing aarti. Both Baa and Vanraj were quite upset with the kids, and said that they have given an opportunity to Rakhi Dave to seek revenge from them. When Paritosh said that if they have so much problem with them, then they will go somewhere else, Anupamaa stopped them and said that it’s their home and they will stay here.
Anupamaa is over the moon that she has become a mother-in-law now and tells Paritosh and Kinjal that they need to seek blessings from everyone including Kinjal’s mom and father. She also told them that the secret to a happy married life is letting go of unnecessary arguments. She also welcomed Kinjal in the kitchen and taught her the daily rituals that she follows. She also asked her to serve everyone halwa as part of a ritual of her first day in the kitchen. But Baa who is upset with how Rakhi created a scene outside their house said that nothing can help her overcome the bitterness given by her mother.
In the upcoming episode, the audience will see that Anupamaa asks Kinjal to apologise to Baa and also takes her to meet her mother Rakhi. But will Rakhi accept Kinjal’s apology? What will be her next move as she has promised to destroy the Shah family.
Produced by Rajan Shahi and his mother Deepa Shahi, “Anupamaa” features Rupali Ganguly, Sudhanshu Pandey, Madalsa Sharma, Alpana Buch, Arvind Vaidya, Shekhar Shukla, Paras Kalnawat, Muskan Bamne, Tassnim Sheikh, Aashish Mehrotra, Nidhi Shah, and Anagha Bhosale. It airs on Star Plus.
” I want to do it just like Deepika”, model Sasha Merchant
Over the years, Deepika Padukone has given Bollywood some of the most memorable performances and serves as an inspiration to many young girls be it for her fashion or her spectacular work. Aseem Merchant’s daughter Sasha Merchant too looks up to the superstar for making it big in the industry.
Speaking about how Sasha would like her Bollywood path to look like she said,”If I want to step into Bollywood, I want to do it just like Deepika. I love her and she is my absolute favourite.”
“I feel like right from modelling to films, the kind of work she has done is simply amazing, so if I do it, I want to do it just like her”, says Sasha.
Deepika was the one to break the stereotype that models cannot act. She was not just a successful model but also worked immensely hard on her acting skills over the years and today is the number one actress we have setting an example for the many other models who dream of stepping into Bollywood.
Deepika may have been criticised for her acting in her early days post the massive debut she got with Om Shaanti Om but she used it positively, which is extremely inspiring to aspirants and young girls who want to be like her. She stood by example that hard work and dedication can help you achieve anything you desire to.
Sasha has just stepped into the fashion scene becoming a quick favourite for major brands and designers and is already turning heads in the fashion industry.
Director David Dhawan shares his thought behind bringing the hit of 90’s ‘Coolie No. 1’ back again with a twist!
Coolie No. 1 has made it to the cult classic films of the 90’s that one could re-watch numerous times for a killer on-screen pair and songs which still get our feet tapping. The film has been revamped with a modern day twist and director David Dhawan shares his thought and experience behind re-making the film.
“It’s my film that I made 25 years ago and the thought of a re-make had never come. What happened is I had to do something with Varun, and I was thinking what to do, what to do.”
David further adds, “When I asked Varun, if he liked this film, he saw it and didn’t answer. He was later getting a little convinced, as it was a very difficult film for him because we have one of the best actor playing his role, and there’s no comparison. At the same time, Vashu ji said let’s do this film, it’s a damn good film. That was the first film that Vashu and I had done. So that’s how the idea came.”
Talking about the script, the director says, “When I started to work on the film/ script, I had to redo everything. If that wouldn’t have been ok I am not saying yes.”
Th makers have also released peppy tracks back to back, first Teri Bhabhi followed by Husn Hai Suhana which have made it to everyone’s party playlists once again.
Adding onto the Christmas cheer, Amazon Prime Video brings the World Premiere of David Dhawan’s 45th film Coolie No. 1. Directed by David Dhawan, the Bollywood romantic comedy is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani & Deepshikha Deshmukh.
The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Javed Jaffrey and Johnny Lever. Prime members in India and across 200 countries and territories can stream the world premiere of Coolie No.1 starting December 25 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
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