Bollywood ladies have always captured our imagination, both in reel and real life. Not only do they ignite our emotions with their talent on-screen, but some of them have also left an inspiring mark with their off-screen lives. Let us salute some of these powerful women in the Indian film industry.
For Ekta it is apt to say- You can love her, or hate her, but you can definitely never ignore her. She is the one who has proved that star kids are not just limited to follow their parents’ footsteps. Even though many say that most of her soap operas are regressive, but she did revolutionise Indian television with her own saas-bahu formula, and did gain a strong fan following. Now she is also a successful film producer, who is known to give many young talents a deserving break in Bollywood. With hits like The Dirty Picture, Ragini MMS, Shor In The City, LSD, and Once upon a Time in Mumbai in her kitty, she is everywhere.
Vidya Balan is one Bollywood diva, who is experimental, outspoken and bindaas. Be it her curves in The Dirty Picture or a baby-bump in Kahaani, she carries everything with supreme confidence. Starting from a small supporting role in a sit-com on television, to reaching the top spot in Bollywood with strong female-centric roles, she has been an inspiration for many women. In this process, she has also broken many set notions about women in the industry, especially when it comes to looks and a ‘perfect’ figure. Kudos!
The bubbly and talented, Miss Zinta is one of the best looking actresses to have graced the screen. But she is not just all about looks, as she proved with her testimony in a court case. Preity Zinta confessed that she had received threats from the underworld to act in a film. While many of her co-stars, including some of the biggest names like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Rakesh Roshan, changed their statements, she stood by her’s. For her honesty, she has also been felicitated with a bravery award. Surely, she is not afraid to speak her mind, and that is what everyone loves about this dimpled diva.
In a society where blood relations and getting married at right age have always been given importance, it takes just one woman to break such traditions. This 38-year-old star is a happily single mom, who has adopted two beautiful daughters. Whether it is her acting career or personal life, Sushmita Sen, is someone who has always broken away from the conformists’ mould and tried to do something different. She is an independent woman, who does not shy away from expressing her views on anything and everything. Now, this is something inspirational, right?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She is stunning, elegant, soft spoken, and a diva who has carved an identity for herself not just in India, but all over the world as well. She has acted in a number of commercially and critically acclaimed films, has been awarded Padma Shri, and also has a number of international recognitions to her name. She is an outsider, who went on to rule Bollywood. She has definitely proved herself to be one of the most inspirational female icons from Bollywood.
Madhuri Dixit-Nene has recently been named as one of the most inspiring female Bollywood icons, at the Bradford Inspirational Women Awards, in Bradford, UK. Madhuri has indeed proved herself as an actor and as a diva, both on and off screen. She is currently seen as one of the most inspirational fashion icons in the country. What’s more? She has ruled the number one position in the Bollywood for more than two decades.
She makes leading men and women of Bollywood dance at her fingertips, literally! She has a ‘riches to rags and again to riches’ story. Born into a filmy family, which saw bad times after her father’s films flopped, Farah always wanted to work in films. She found her place as a choreographer and went on to become a successful director as well, and more recently a actor. She became a mother of triplets at the age of 43. Farah has seen the highs and lows of life, and has always came out with a smile.
Long before Priyanka was declared the most beautiful woman in the world, and went on to become a Bollywood star, she was just an average gawky kid with her own share of problems. Priyanka Chopra herself has said that as a student in a US school, she was called “browny” by fellow students, and had fingers pointed at her for being an Indian. Now, not only her acting skills, but also her crooning skills have got her a great amount of recognition worldwide. Her songs have featured names like Will.i.am and Pitbull. The way, this ‘imperfect’ kid has transformed herself into one of the most beautiful and confident women, is inspirational for many.