The reel side of women
Three female actors in the age group of 20, 30 and 40 pick their favourite women-centric films in Bollywood
Kangna Ranaut, 23
My character Tanu is a new-age woman who speaks her mind, rides a bike in a salwar-kameez and wants to marry a man against her parents’ will. She lives life by her own rules and does what she wants to do.
Mother India, 1957:
Nargis ji’s performance was reflective of idol Durga and no one has been able to repeat that till date. It went very well with Indian sentiments.
Despite biggies like Sunny Deol and Rajinikanth, Sridevi stood out in the film. Her double roles of a suppressed Anju and a fearless Manju portrayed Indian woman’s dual side.
Chitrangada Singh, 34
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi , 2003:
My character Geeta in the film followed her heart without being selfish or wrong. She took courage in being honest. She chose to live in a village with a man she loved but by her own principles.
Umrao Jaan, 1981:
Rekha’s character of a courtesan was progressive, independent and strong-willed. Despite an unconventional childhood and lost love, she remains hopeful.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, 1994:
Madhuri Dixit’s role Nisha was of a very playful saali (sister-in-law). It was unlike the coy family girl of the time...a step forward in the 90s.
Madhuri Dixit, 43
My role in Mrityudand was path-breaking. My character Ketki was a strong woman, who fought and defeated the forces of oppression and male domination, which are so common in our society.
It is Madhubala’s most splendid performance. Who can forget her strong portrayal of Anarkali who could go to any extent for her love.
Sahibjaan, the character of the Lucknawi tawaif essayed by Meena Kumari was the most touching female character on Indian celluloid. She played a good-natured woman of substance.