My City Woman's blog on changing portrayal of women in bollywood

How Bollywood’s Portrayal Of Women Has Evolved Over Time

One cannot deny the impact of Bollywood on the mindset of Indian society at large. We dream the life of the star who walks with wind in her hair(Er.. all of them!); the girl who nests the belief that one day Mr Right is going to come and sweep her off her feet (Madhuri in Dil To Pagal Hai) and cry with the heroine who has been betrayed by her lover(Bipasha in Bachna Aye Haseeno).


But Hindi cinema has matured the way it handles its heroines , and how! Long past Nargis in Mother India, a movie which is one of the most iconic ones made in the India that has a female protagonist, heroines largely had to be contented with roles that make them just the “glam dolls” or portray the love interest of the hero. Today’s heroines are the new hero. They carry the film to  win critical acclaim and also get the producers the much needed box office success.

Lets looks some of these female actors who are ruling the industry and are every director’s dream to work with.

#1 Priyanka Chopra

My City Woman's blog on how bollywood's portrayal of women has changed over the years
Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani

With “Fashion”, Priyanka went on to win critical acclaim and box office success too. With playing the role of Bajirao’s wife Kashibai, Priyanka won the National Award  for the Best Actress Award in a supporting role. She left us all speechless with her  incredible portrayal of a autistic woman in Barfi!  and then as the five time world boxing champion in “Mary Kom”. The movie won National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 62nd National Film Awards.





#2 Vidya BalanMy City Woman's blog on how bollywood's portrayal of women has changed over time

Vidya defied all popular belief about the kind of roles female actors should do and beat the naysayers with “The Dirty Picture”. Not only did she bag the National Award for Best Actress for this movie, she proved a point that if you do a role with all your conviction, success is going to come. Although in my opinion, she was lucky not to get framed as an actress who can do soft porn! Vidya Balan today is a directors dream and can carry the movie on her shoulder easily- “Kahani”, “No One Killed Jessica”, “Ishqiya” and “Paa” just to name a few of the movies in which she has delivered stellar performances.


My City Woman's blog on the changing representation of women in bollywood#3 Kangana Ranaut

Kangana too has proved her mettle in the film industry. She has an amazing ability to transform from the girl next door image to a Glam Goddess (Fashion- National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress 2010). Kangana has never disappointed her fans with critically acclaimed movies like Queen (for which she won the National Award in 2015) and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (National Award in 2016)




#4 SrideviMy City Woman's blog on how bollywood's representation of women has changed

Back in the 80’s and the 90’s, the scenario was a lot different. Not many producers would place a bet on female oriented movies. But Sridevi was still an exception. She was the life of “Lamhe” and snake woman on a revenge spree in “Naagin”. Even today when the lady decides to come back to the silver screen, her the comedy drama  “English Vinglish” leaves us all amazed.




My City Woman's blog on changing role of women in bollywood#5 Rani Mukherji

When it comes to delivering power-packed performance, no list is complete without the mention of Rani Mukherji. Her portrayal of the crime police officer caught in the midst of human trafficking and how she goes on to bust the slimy racket is stuff that we are talking about right now -stellar, astonishing and perfect.




#6 Anushka SharmaMy City Woman's blog on changing role of women in hindi movies

NH10 is a strong case in the point. The way Anushka has performed the role of the woman who not only escapes from the clutches of corrupt system and village goons, but also avenges the murder of her husband is nothing short of exemplary.



While there is no dearth of roles today that centre around the female actors, the heroines too have proved that they can be more than a hero’s love interest and can lead a film to success and acclaim. It definitely is an exciting time for the Hindi film industry and its female actors.

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