With new waves of inter-sectional feminism sweeping across the country, women are fastening their feminist buttons on and raising their voices for equality. This includes equality and representation in the screen as well.
There has been an increase in strong female protagonists (literally) gracing our screens, whether it is Wonder Woman and Furiousa kicking ass on the big screen or Jessica Jones and Daenerys with their awesome powers ( and three dragons) on the small screen. Even with all these larger than life character leading the stories on screen, there are very few characters that seem real or relatable to the female audience, especially in Indian cinema. Though recently the numbers have been moving into double digits. So here are a few of the most relatable characters in the past 5 years of Bollywood.
5. Naina Talwar ( Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani )
All the shy/introverted girls out there who didn’t get to do fun stuff in high school or college because they were too busy studying with hopes of doing it *later* can relate with Naina and root for her as she does everything we hope to do.(We can also relate to having a crush on Ranbir Kapoor’s Kabir.)
4. Piku (Piku)
Deepika Padukone’s Piku is a strong, independent career woman who takes care of her father, like a lot of Indian women. Her love life is disastrous, thanks to her father. All the ladies who’s dad’s are the reason for their almost nonexistent love life, hands up. (No need to raise the roof people)
3. Kaira (Dear Zindagi)
Alia Bhatt’s Kaira is charming and very realistic with a zeal for her career, innumerable problems with dating and her small group of friends. Kaira (Dear Zindagi) breaks barriers by talking about depression which affects nearly 1/4th of the population.
2. Rani (Queen)
This list would be incomplete without the Queen, Rani. The middle class girl with conventional ideas, awkwardly exploring Paris and Amsterdam, melting hearts and making us laugh with her adventures. She was a plain jane, clumsy and scared with occasional bursts of bravery, like a lot of us.
1. Rehana Abidi (Lipstick under my burkha)
Lipstick under my burkha broke conventions left and right with its well written characters and a story that talks about female sexuality. Rehana, the youngest of the protagonists, who wants to experience college and pursue her passion for music but is unable to because of her strict parents, struck a chord with lot of the young women, living under their parents thumb, without the freedom pursue what they want.
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