INDIA: The Indian film industry has been the medium through which emotions and values are transmitted to the masses. When it comes to Bollywood, a large chunk of movies plays vital role in representation of the characters (actor and actresses) and their societal impact.
Sadly, female actors are often featured as supporting characters in a film and have to face pay parity in the industry. But, now in the recent times, leading actresses are delivering phenomenal performance with female centric movies.
Note: Below list is not in ranking order.
5 Bollywood actresses with phenomenal leading performances
Vidya Balan (Kahaani 2012)
It’s always been a mindset that women are meant for softer roles, but the basic thought process was smashed by our very own Vidya Balan, who attempted a thriller movie like Kahaani. The movie proved the mettle of Balan’s versatility as an actress.
Often judged for her weight, the actor proved her talent through the crime thriller Bollywood film. The movie forced minds to believe that an ordinary woman can also fight back when it comes to her family and close ones. It’s been 11 years since the movie was released, and the denouement still holds one of finest plot twist that even today shocks us.
Rani Mukerji (Mardaani film series)
90’s queen Rani Mukerji is often portrayed as the lover girl of the romance heroes. However, times changed, and the actress updated her style and appeared in a movie like Mardaani. Following the success of first film YRF released sequel in 2019 dubbed as Mardaani 2.
The Bollywood action film series is full of twists and turns, making cinema enthusiasts bite their nails. The diva, attempting the role of a cop, proved that females are no less than males.
Deepika Padukone (Padmaavat 2018)
The regal queen of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, Deepika Padukone, is often acknowledged as the epitome of grace and intelligence. The role of Queen Padmavati is played by the actress herself, making everyone go teary-eyed. The versatile actress has her own way of speaking through her body language. Though the movie has two leading actors from Bollywood, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, the limelight is taken away by Padukone.
Kangana Ranaut (Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi 2019)
Kangana Ranaut, an actress who is bold, dynamic, and at the same time very passionate about her work, never fails to spread her charisma on the silver screen. Talking about the role of Manikarnika, Kangana did justice to the periodic movie. She delivered a gripping performance in the role of Rani Lakshmibai.
Kangana, in the interview, revealed how she attempted all the action sequences by herself. Thus, she had an accident on the sets and got stitches on her forehead. Taking on challenging roles like this, she received huge applause.
Kriti Sanon (Mimi 2021)
The critically acclaimed film Mimi which was released in times of pandemic, surprised the audiences with its impactful storyline celebrating motherhood. Despite being a remake of Marathi film Mala Ai Vahhaychy!, Kriti Sanon single-handedly did justice to her role.
The Bollywood film was based on a true surrogacy incident. Taking the center stage, Kriti managed to make a connection with the viewers. The actress gained 15 kg for the film, which was praised as phenomenal body transformation.
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