Our Favourite Female Characters from Bollywood in 2017Apr 12, 2018
There has been a very desirable shift in Hindi films in the last few years with respect to the quality of roles written for women. The heroine who used to appear like a decorative prop on-screen has slowly evolved into a thinking creature with real feelings. Even though there is definitely a very long way to go, the number of good female roles are on the rise. Even as we hope that this is not just a trend that disappears in a few years but is actually a sign of cinema evolving to showcase the reality of life, let us remember some of our favourite female leads from 2017.
These characters have shown that the ‘hero’ of a story doesn’t always have to be a man, or that there can be more than one ‘hero’ in a story. And, these characters definitely reflected the grit and courage that women have in real life and celebrated it on-screen.
There are definitely many more characters that won our hearts, but some of the main ones are:
Devki from Mom
Every woman has an incredible strength inside of her, but a mother has something more. In this movie, Devki showed us that there is no distance that a mom would not go to avenge the injustice meted out to her daughter. Playing this role to perfection, the late Sridevi Kapoor had us cheering for her as she took on the bad guys.
Sulu from Tumhari Sulu
The endearing character of Sulu made us fall in love instantly. Played to perfection by Vidya Balan, the character showed us that anything that we wish to do can be done. Sulu put many misconceptions about house-wives to rest and showed the world that they are rock stars who are capable of achieving anything that they set their hearts to.
Poorna from Poorna
Based on the true story of Poorna from Telangana, the movie showed how a teenaged Adivasi girl became the youngest to scale the Mt. Everest. Right from discriminations based on caste, gender, and all societal prejudices, the challenges that the tribal girl had to overcome to achieve this amazing feat sure inspired millions of people who watched it.
Devasena from Baahubali-2
Her royal charms were not just decorative; the character of Devasena from this dubbed period flick was a thinking woman who was no less than the prince in any aspect. We saw both the male and the female lead swing the swords and the bows and arrows with equal efficiency. After watching countless movies where the heroine merely stands and waits to be rescued, the character of Devasena was a refreshing change. Although we would have definitely loved to see more of her strength, her character is definitely a favourite to many.
Insia from Secret Superstar
This film touched upon numerous unfortunate issues that girls have to go through in India’s largely patriarchal society. Touching on religion, gender and domestic violence, the film spoke about problems at various levels of a girl’s world. The main character Insia takes on all these problems with her mother by her side. She wins with her passion and shows us how our life is always in our own hands. Insia made us fall in love with her completely.