Indian actresses are often associated with vanity and glamour. A major chunk of the population perceives them as narcissists who do not have much to do with the social scenario of the country. This, however, is not true. The Bollywood industry is witnessing a paradigm shift in the mindsets of Indian actresses who aren’t scared of voicing their opinions in relation to the various gender stereotypes that are entrenched in our society. They have taken the extra mile and taken up movies that bust myths related to women and show them in a completely differently light. Here are five actresses who didn’t shy away from taking feminism to a new level.
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Priyanka Chopra has been going places owing to the stellar performances she has been delivering from to time. She is idolised for her bold and charismatic personality. Apart from being a commendable actress, she has no qualms in admitting that she really feels that women across the world are in dire need of emancipation. Her crusade against gender equality is a popular one. Her role in the critically acclaimed Mary Kom speaks volumes of how much she loves breaking barriers and transforming rigid mindsets. The movie that revolved around the aspirations of an Indian woman wanting to be a boxer has been very well portrayed in the movie. She didn’t even hesitate to go bald for a scene as she wanted to do justice to the character. She has always been vocal about the gender pay gap that exists in the industry and how feminism was the only solution to establish equality.
Do you remember the movie Mardaani? Were you enthralled by her immaculate action sequences? Rani Mukherjee has proved that women, in no way, are weaker than men. She encouraged everyone to challenge the status quo and fight for what is right. The movie urges women to start learning self-defense which will prove fruitful to shield themselves from predators. No One Killed Jessica was another attempt to propagate the message of women’s rights. Her campaign “I am Shakti” is an outcome of the assiduous efforts that aim at nurturing the dignity of women. She wants women to be treated like humans and not be refrained from chasing their dreams. A doting mother of a baby girl in real life, she is aptly using her reel life to create awareness about this important issue close to her heart.
Didn’t we adore Kangna for standing defiantly against all odds and breaking free of the shackles that demean a woman’s status in the society? Dumped by her fiancé, she took the bold decision of going on her honeymoon alone. Isn’t that a super cool thing to do? The movie highlighted her transforming journey which helped her start afresh in life. Her choices of such roles stems from her own personal story. She was an unwanted girl child and her parents had frowned upon her birth. She was not ready to accept the fact that boys are more important than girls. She has a mind of her own and encourages everyone to chase their dreams. She was also found to be in disdain with the “Fair and Lovely” industry that overtly promotes the myth that only fair is lovely. Kudos to the Queen!
Kalki’s audacious attitude helped her carve a niche for herself in the Bollywood industry. Her strong views on feminism will raise your eyebrows! Her video titled-“Rape-It’s your fault” is a savage blow to all those who objectify and sexually abuse women. She uses social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to spread awareness regarding the bigotries of gender inequality. She has a very strong point to make on feminism. She says that if a person is not a feminist, then he is certainly a bad human being.
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This badminton player turned actress has taken some really concrete steps to ensure that her voice is heard across the world. Her video “My Choice” carried a very powerful message for the Indian women. It spoke of the various choices that women must be allowed to make them equal to men. It is helping the society wriggle out of the institution of patriarchy. She is an ardent believer of the fact that women are great at multi-tasking and are emotionally very strong. They need to have faith in their capabilities. Her role in Piku proves how she took the onus of looking after her father on herself. The duo shares a strong relationship with the father interested in knowing the details of her daughter’s physical relationship.
These actresses have done a remarkable job in carrying forward the concept of feminism in the country. We hope to see other actresses join the bandwagon soon.
Charvi Kathuria is an aspiring Freelance Writer. These days, she is scrutinising everything and anything that comes her way. Reading has become her favourite past time. She calls this hobby of hers, "food for brain".