Now that hero-oriented biggies like Holdiay and Kick have proved their mettle, come September as many as three women-oriented films will storm the theatres on three consecutive weeks.
Mary Kom – the Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced biopic on India’s most famous female boxer will hits screens on September 5. It offers an all-bulked-up Priyanka Chopra the role of a lifetime as a beleaguered boxer who defies the odds and conventions to emerge a medal-winning sportswoman.
The very next week, Bipasha Basu will reassert her credentials as B-town’s Scream Queen with Creature 3D, a film fuelled entirely by her star power. Her main co-star is the film is the titular non-human, which is a special FX creation.
And on September 19, Sonam Kapoor will hold centre stage in her home production Khubsoorat in which she tales on the role that made Rekha famous. As the whacky Dr Mili Sonam gets to be the star of the show in this film.
Team these films with the Rani Mukherjee police procedural Mardaani which releases in late August, and you have a rare phenomenon – a sequence of movies which are reliant largely on their female sta.
Point to be considered is that the male leads in all these films are all little-known names. In Mardaani, Rani is paired with Bengali star Jishu Sengupta in his first major Bollywood role. In Khubsoorat Sonam is paired with Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan while fellow Pakistani newcomer to B-town Imran Abbas Naqvi plays Bipasha’s romantic interest in Creature 3D. And in Mary Kom it’s theatre actor Darshan Kumar who plays Mary Kom’s husband.
While women-oriented films have had a chequered history of late with even Vidya Balan’s films finding it difficult to make an impact. Here’s hoping this batch of films manages to bring in a change till it is no longer remarkable to have multiple films with female protagonists releasing in the same month.
- J Kothari, Bollywood News Service