5 Strong Woman Characters from Bollywood to be Inspired From

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Bollywood has always shown males as in the upper hand in movies. They have always suppressed women in their roles, or their characters in the story. This is the pattern Bollywood is following since the start of its cinema. But as time is getting passing, things are getting change. In the cinemas also many movies have shown such beautiful and inspirational roles for women which have even proven better than males. Today if a good role could be written for a female protagonist, the movie will not even require a male character. 

The female characters that I found very strong and that inspired me are:

Sehmat from the Movie Raazi – 


The film was released in the year 2018. It was directed by Meghna Gulzar. The role of Sehmat was played by Alia Bhatt. Raazi was a movie that showed the era when India-Pakistan was very arch-rival. The most powerful weapon at the time was not an army or guns, it was information. Information on the planning made by the opponent, how and when it’s gonna attack, and what measures it’s taking to defeat the other one. 

Sehmat Khan an Indian woman was married to a high-level army family in Pakistan in order to get some intel on Pakistan’s military planning. The learning that the role of Sehmat gives to the audience is that training matters more than the gender to be a great spy and it gives a glimpse of the dangerous lives that the agents lead just for the love of their country and to get sacrificed for their country when needed. 

Neerja Bhanot from the Movie Neerja – 

This film was released in the year 2016. It was directed by Ram Madhvani. The role of Neerja Bhanot was played by Sonam Kapoor. The movie is based on a true story, a true event that happened in India in 1986. 

The New York flight was hijacked by terrorists, the pilots left the cockpit leaving the head purser Neerja Bhanot in charge. She was able to collect herself without getting panic. She hid all the American passports and she managed to open the emergency exits helping to save a total of 359 lives. She was shot dead later saving some children. Her bravery was later rewarded by the Indian as well as the Pakistani governments. Sonam Kapoor absolutely nailed her portrayal of Neerja displaying the perfect amounts of excellence and courage.

Shashi from the movie English Vinglish – 

This film was released in the year 2012. It was directed by Gauri Shinde. The role of Shashi was played by Late Sridevi Ji. In this movie, Shashi, a true homemaker,  is often humiliated by her family for her lack of ability to speak English. She runs a small business of her own trying to be modernized in the world but this lack of skill set seems to cripple her at every turn. 

She later decides to get herself enrolled in an English language course and learned to master it completely. Despite her Bollywood female character being extremely simple, she makes the most out of it and has the audience rooting for her every step of the way even if she is just placing an order at a coffee shop

Sulu from the movie Tumhari Sulu – 

This film was released in the year 2017. It was directed by Suresh Triveni. The role of Suku was played by Vidya Balan. In this movie, she takes the idea of a neighborhood aunty and turns it on its head. She’s fun, she’s focused and she’s ambitious. 

Basically, she’s everything that an Indian woman wants to be, but often cannot. Tumhari Sulu is the kind of film in which you can predict what’s coming next but still, it will be filled with wonders and surprises when the execution of the same will be done. While it may not seem like a big deal, Tumhari Sulu deals with real-life conflicts that many women in our society deal with and tries to push those boundaries. The main message that the film is trying to give to the audience is that women can too have it all. All that is required is just to take chances and some risks for the dreams they have. 

Laila from the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara –

This film was released in the year 2013. It was directed by Zoya Akhtar. The role of Laila was played by Katrina Kaif. In this movie, the major plot was all about the journey of 3 friends, but the short character of Laila left a big impact on us. 

A free bird who knows how to live, she lives in the moment, in the present, and never lets regret cross her mind. Making instant decisions and literally doing them is what makes her special. She teaches us how to live life and that a person should be in a box or a cage only when they die. 

These are the few characters that inspired me. The list can go really long because there is really no character that women cannot play all that is really required is to improve the taboo created by the Indian filmmakers of suppressing women roles. A good script for a women’s role can really improve the existing cinema and will give an advantage to the makers. Just by giving the right platforms, women have the power to express everything even in a better way or format than compared to what it is currently. 


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