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Kangana Ranaut:

From her much publicised legal battle with Hrithik Roshan and her war with Adhyayan Suman, to her spat with Karan Johar, whom she called a flag bearer of nepotism during a Koffee with Karan episode – Kangana is easily one of the most vocal actresses in the industry, who has never shied away from taking on the men of Bollywood. Though she was written off by Bollywood producers and made fun off for her accent, Kangana managed to find her footing in Bollywood, despite not having any industry connections, and went on to do films such as Fashion, Queen, Tanu Weds Manu and Rangoon, which won her many accolades.

Bollywood's Female Power: Actresses who have spoken out against sexism in the industry

Gayatri Vinayak

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