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The Top 8: Most Uncompromising Female Protagonists In Bollywood From Recent Memory

The last decade in Bollywood has seen a surge in female-oriented films and characters that show women in different lights and moods. What defines a great heroine? She doesn’t have to be relatable or adored. A sense of freedom in their expression and mannerisms is what makes them powerful and make us stand up and take notice. Breaking the norms, wearing their heart on their sleeves and being unapologetically themselves is what makes the quintessential heroine of today. They can be flawed, but who said flaws aren’t beautiful? We could list out tons of them, but here are our top favourites.

Rani in Queen (Played by Kangana Ranaut)


I can’t imagine anyone needs an introduction to Rani. On the outside, she is just another girl living just another life but one upside down event and she channels her inner strength and becomes fearless, fun and fabulous. Be it dancing with her heart out at a pub in Europe, kissing an Italian who she crushes on or living with three unknown men, she did it all and became the epitome of a free spirit.

Meera in NH10 (Played by Anushka Sharma)


The arc from cosmopolitan-city-working-girl to avenging freak is shown beautifully. Though the movie had tons of loopholes, her character made up for everything. She has the spirit of a Rani Laxmibai and the guts of any revengeful hero you can think of.

Silk in The Dirty Picture (Played by Vidya Balan)


Silk does what she does – with no regard for vanity on a big screen platter, simply because she loves it. She feeds off the attention, the control, the adulation and enjoys every bit of the spotlight on her. She has enough sass to shush anyone who makes her feel any different. Highly empowered and could make even an enemy fall for her.

Leela in Ram-Leela (Played by Deepika Padukone)


Juliet would feel great to have reincarnated as Leela. She was an epitome of feminine grace who thinks nothing of giving free rein to her sexuality. She embraces her lack of sound reasoning, the all-consuming passion, the bitterness, the sauciness, the arrogance that is her very soul. She is ready to kiss or kill (or even both), never passive or dull.

Geet in Jab We Met (Played by Kareena Kapoor)


Vivacious, carefree and filmy, Geet is the most fun character ever seen on the Indian celluloid. She can put a talkative station master in place with her sharp-tongue and fiery alter ego. Believing, she is young, wild and free, she best online casino makes no apologies about making emotional choices. Geet was entertaining to the hilt.

Meeta in Hasee Toh Phasee (Played by Parineeti Chopra)


She’s not your regular oddball but an errant child woman with daddy issues and drug dependency. For a change, the heroine is intelligent, prefers to care about polymers, innovations and rocket science. Meeta gets to be an off-centre nonconformist who sings and dances when the need arises but does little else that is run-of-the-mill.

Zoya in Raanjhaana (Played by Sonam Kapoor)


Rarely does Bollywood steer towards the grey area of emotions. Zoya has a conflict on her mind— big-city intellect versus small-town values. Her transformation from smitten to sour is open to criticism yet it’s this very uncompromising tone of her hostility that makes the character so realistic and gorgeous.

Laila in Margarita With A Straw (Played by Kalki Koechlin)


Last on the list is the unflinching Laila. Movies never frontline a challenged person unless they are to be put on pedestals and made into super-achievers who struggle against monumental odds to make their way into the world – and usually end up winning a trophy or two. Laila may be limited by cerebral palsy, but she isn”t constrained by it. She watches porn, drinks alcohol, flirts and makes for an endearing heroine.

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