That Bollywood is a highly male dominated industry is an understatement. From churning out films that have reduced heroines to nothing more than sex objects, and writing lyrics and dialogues that reek of sexism, to the huge pay gap between male and female actors in the industry, Bollywood has always relegated its female stars to the back burner. While earlier actresses were mostly content with their roles of playing second fiddle to actors, many of today’s actresses are standing up to their rights, and fighting against the male chauvinism that prevails in the industry.
We take a look at Bollywood’s brave women who have taken on the rampant gender bias that exists both within the industry and outside.
Pics courtesy: wikimedia commons – bollywoodhungama.com and Yogen Shah