The Indian film industry has evolved in a big way. Our Bollywood female actors have graduated from being the damsel in distress to woman of substance, strength and power. Here are some inspiring female lead characters who we absolutely love! Don’t forget to watch these films this Women’s Day!
Shashi Godbole in English Vinglish
English Vinglish is a story of a common housewife Shashi Godbole played by Sridevi. Shashi is brilliant as a homemaker, a wife and a mother, but is looked down upon and made fun of by her daughter and husband just because she can’t speak fluent English. A hurt Shashi turns things around as she learns the language by joining English speaking classes on her US trip to her niece’s wedding. This simple story is an impressive one as the woman overcomes her shortcomings.
Rani in Queen
Queen is a story of a simple, small town girl Rani, played by Kangana Ranaut. A day before the wedding, her fiancé calls off the wedding, leaving Rani distraught. But she decides to stand for herself and goes on a honeymoon all by herself. During her travel, she meets new friends and discovers herself, and comes back as changed person, ready to take control of her life. The story highlights the fact that you don’t need a man to live your life to the fullest.
Neerja Bhanot in Neerja
A film based on true life story of a flight purser Neerja Bhanot who was shot and killed while making sure that hundreds of passengers of the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 were safe. Sonam Kapoor plays the role of the brave young woman who is an inspiration.
A brilliant movie which highlights the inner reserves of a woman’s strength. The film is about Vidya Bagchi played by the super talented Vidya Balan, where she goes on a dangerous mission despite being heavily pregnant. The thrilling film is a perfect example of dedication, perseverance and grit.
A fun and vibrant character, Farah played by Anushka Sharma is a young and fearless girl who lives life on her own terms, not allowing the society to define her choices. The film has other inspiring female characters like Ayesha played by Priyanka Chopra and the role of her younger cousin Divya played by Sarah Hashmi.
Laila in Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara
While the film focusses on the friendship of three male characters, Katrina Kaif’s role as Laila was a breath of fresh air. The free-spirited, happy-go-lucky young lady is an inspiration on-screen as well as off-screen.