Women and Bollywood have a very deep-rooted connect since times memorial. But somehow over the years, with the emergence of Pot-Boilers and Commercialization, it was over-shadowed and Bollywood Heroines were nothing less than arm-candies of the Khans, Kumars, Roshans, Devgns and Kapoors.
But come 2014, the year saw many women centric films making its way through the stereotypical masala cinema and standing out. We bring you our favie list of films with Female Lead, who totally sidelined the male actors in the Industry.
Madhuri Dixit Nene and Huma Quershi stole the show away from Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi like it was never their film. The two male leads were played by the ladies and the gripping story just kept us glued. It was so refreshing beginning to the year that we had faith that this year will be different for the ladies. And indeed it was!
One of the biggest surprises of the year, the sheer innocence Kangana Ranaut spread was worth applauding. With Queen, we found that connect which will remain with us for a really lonnngg time. Be it her naïve nature, colorful persona, daring spirit to go on her Honeymoon sans her hubby, and her little heart-touching gestures, Rani ruled our hearts! Thank you Vikas Bahl for such a treat!
With leading ladies like Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit Nene, Gulab Gang not only won praises but was also an eye-opener. Loosely based on true story Sampat Pal from Bundelkhand, the Gulab Gang, shows all the power of a woman. Even though the film didn’t garner box office success, it sure shows what women vigilantes are capable of.
Rani Mukerji came back with a bang! In the shoes of a Police Officer, our Mardaani oozed zeal and high-spiritedness. She puts on the platter an inspiring tale which should be watched. We can even imbibe a trait or two from the kadak Lady Officer, Shivani Shivaji Roy.
None could have ever imagined this little dynamite to explode her acting potential too soon on the silver screen. Post Student of the Year, Alia Bhatt had the image of this young, social butterfly. But all previous notions were shattered when we witnessed her in Highway. Imtiaz Ali, extracted the best out of her. And what we saw on screen was sheer brilliance.
This biopic on Indian Pride and Boxer, Mary Kom just wins our hearts. Her grim determination spilled on platter by Priyanka Chopra under Omung Kumar’s fine direction, was much appreciated by one and all. She has fought too many battles and won them too. We salute the spirit and the hardwork of the lady and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s team.
Kangana Ranaut and her boy-toy Vir Das entertained us this year. The film didn’t have any big Box Office numbers, but Revolver Rani’s Thayn Thayn, reverberates in minds who watched it. Who said that larger than life action sequences were to be limited to Male B-Townies? Kangana pulled off those with ultimate Tashn!
Nagnees Kukunoor was back with a hard-hitting tale of a 14 year old who fought valiantly against her traffickers. It was a one of those faces of human race, cinemagoers don’t wish to see. But all it put on the platter was a real story and Monali Thakur did a marvelous job as Lakshmi.
Talent-mine, Vidya Balan Kapur was back this year with a simple tale of Bobby, who wanted to be a Jasoos. It didn’t create wonders at the Box Office, but was a film that brought tale of a young Hyderabadi girl on the forefront.
10.Ragini MMS 2:
It was a Sunny Leone Show all the way. Be it her Baby Doll number or the whole film, it was an in-and-out Sunny film. Commercially it did well, but yeah story wise, we would have loved to see it do better.