Celebrating the new-age B’wood actresses

Sayoni Sinha
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She smokes non-stop, watches porn and doesn't think twice before using expletives, Bollywood heroine has come a long way. Whether it is Rani Mukerjee mouthing expletives in 'No One Killed Jessica' or Vidya celebrating her sexuality in 'Dirty Picture', 2011 saw B'wood actresses breaking the mould of the perfect Indian woman and experimenting with the roles. She was no longer coy about her choices in life and not afraid to try out the extreme. On International Women's Day, we celebrate the women in roles that broke new grounds in Bollywood

Rani Mukherjee in No one Killed Jessica: She is locked in passionate embrace but the moment her work-phone beeps, she is ready to leave her lover high and dry and asks him to 'fly solo'. Rani Mukerjee's Meera Gaity is no-nonsense journalist who does yoga at work, smokes non-stop and mouths expletives without thinking twice.

Gul Panag in Turning 30: Gul Panag managed to portray the worries of every woman who is at the verge turning three decade old. Not only that, the celebrated the liberation from the usual Bollywood clichés. So here we have the girl spooning the boy instead of the other way around, lingerie is discussed openly and having sex doesn't need to lead to marriage.  We like.

7 Khoon Maaf: Apart from the seven makeovers that Priyanka Chopra goes through, here is a heroine who is vulnerable and vicious at the same time. Priyanka's Susanna is vain and cruel and doesn't think twice before bumping off her husbands. She doesn't try to take a moral stance to her acts and instead revels in the dark and twisted nature of her deeds.

Tanu weds Manu: Tanu finishes a quarter bottle of vodka and passes out before her suitor comes to see her. She blatantly chooses a ruffian as her life partner instead of a well-to-do NRI doctor. Despite the bad acting by Kangna Ranaut as Tanu, the film managed to break the sati-savitri image of the Indian woman.

Luv Ka The End: A modern take on break-ups, no all is lost when it comes to revenge. This girl empowerment story is a delightful take on 'getting back' at the ex. It also knocked over few Bollywood clichés and went ahead to show a gusty women- The ditzy grandmom, the new age single mom and the bratty sister

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Dirty Picture