Gone are the days when male characters dominated Bollywood films, and women were relegated to supporting roles as passionate companions. Today, we have an abundance of movies with strong female protagonists, and here are some well-known and powerful women from Bollywood films.
In this film, Rani Mukherji plays Senior Inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy, a formidable woman of incredible mental and physical strength. She is a tough inspector who takes on bad men single-handedly, and her motherly side in her manly persona inspires her to move mountains and save an orphan child. Shivani embodies the best qualities of both the tough and nurturing aspects of women. Mardaani is an amazing story of a lone wolf who takes on gangs of men alone.
Alia Bhatt delivers a fantastic performance as Sehmat Khan, a spy and powerful woman from India in the 1971 film Raazi. To gain access to sensitive information for Indian intelligence, she marries into a Pakistani family. Sehmat can keep her composure and make tough choices under pressure. She is sagacious and quick on her feet. Through the character's arc, she comes to admire both the toughness and vulnerability of the protagonist.
The film Queen had a revolutionary protagonist in the role of Rani. After being dumped by her fiancé, Rani refused to wallow in self-pity and showed us that achieving success on one's terms is empowering, and that marriage isn't the only route to a happy ending.
Bhumi Pednekar's character, Jaya, falls in love with and eventually marries Akshay Kumar in the film Toilet Ek Prem Katha. She arrives at her in-laws' house, but there is no toilet there, so she leaves, making her husband install one as a condition for her return. She is quite insistent about getting what she wants.
In Khoon Bhari Maang, Rekha's transformation into a spiteful femme fatale is like the phoenix rising from the ashes. Jyoti's father was killed for his fortune, and the nephew of the worker courts her to gain his wife's wealth by throwing her into a crocodile-infested lake with the help of her best friend, her husband's hidden lover. Jyoti manages to survive, gets cosmetic surgery that makes her seem stunning again, and plans her vengeance.