In the recent period, Bollywood has witnessed a revolution in content with women no longer being eye candies but strong characters that either carry the story or prove to be a catalyst in the narrative.
With Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma leading the way with meaty characters that stand their ground in the films, the younger lot of Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani are taking forward the legacy with roles that stand out for their prominence.
Deepika Padukone created an uproar with her character in Cocktail that is considered as the turning point of her career. Post that, the actress grasped upon worthy characters which formed the crux of the films with her performances in Piku, Padmaavat, amongst others. Even in films like Ramleela, Bajirao Mastani, Tamasha, Deepika has been the binding force for the stories making her presence of viral importance.
Anushka Sharma emerged as a strong force of empowerment to reckon with after the impactful character in NH10. Even while starring opposite a Superstar like Salman Khan in Sultan, Anushka’s character held its ground as the crux of the story. Further with films like Phillauri, Pari, reinstated the prominence of strong female characters making her one of the most impactful actresses of Bollywood.
Creating a path for herself with her strong character in Highway, Alia Bhatt arrived as one of the strong performers. Further with films like Dear Zindagi, Raazi, Alia Bhatt has claimed the center stage in her films, depicting the prominence of actreses to the stories.
Taking ahead the legacy of strong female leads in commercial cinema, Kiara Advani becomes the youngest actress of the lot to deliver back to back meaty characters that stand their ground and form the essence of the film. After headlining Guilty with her remarkable performance, Kiara Advani shouldered Indoo Ki Jawani and would be seen leading Ashutosh Gowariker’s Karram Kurram amongst other films. Picking stories that portray characters which strike a chord with the audience and hold the narrative of the stories, Kiara Advani is making a conscious effort to dwell upon strong female characters.
With their choices and performances, these Bollywood actresses prove that this is the era of women in Bollywood.