Indore, As Shashi sneaks around the alien New York to take a four-week crash course in English, she conquers her fears and earns the respect of her family. Piku (played by Deepika Padukone) is dear to me because it is so real; she is so real. When we’re dealing with our own issues, watching a film starring one can be a welcome escape as well as a push in the right direction. Lucknow, Patna, 1. New Delhi: Director Abhinay Deo’s action thriller Force 2 which opened to Rs6.05 crore last Friday saw lead woman actor Sonakshi Sinha matching her male counterpart John Abraham step-for-step when it comes to death-defying action sequences. While films like Thugs of Hindoostan being made on a jaw-dropping budget of about 250 crores, here are some of the most popular female lead films ranked according to their budget. Women’s Day 2020: This year, we are bringing a list of our five favourite female characters from Hindi films including Piku, English Vinglish and more. Charlize Theron's stylish and pulse-pounding '80s period piece action thriller Atomic Blonde has rightfully earned its place as one of the best female-led action films of the past decade. It would probably be remembered for being one of the most powerful female lead films of Bollywood. Her father Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan) is an ever complaining hypochondriac who has brought up his girl right. 3. What does caste profile of MLAs in Bihar tell us about politics? The Nikhil Advani-directed film made Rs29 crore at the box office. Akira (2016): Barely two months ago, Sonakshi Sinha played the title role in A.R. The high-budget film directed by Goldie Behl made Rs8 crore at the box office. The Alia Bhatt starrer started a lot of awareness and dialogue about the issue of mental health in the country. Agent Vinod (2012): Sriram Raghavan’s action spy film saw Kareena Kapoor get as grimy as male lead Saif Ali Khan. Bollywood may not have given up all its stereotypes but the damsel in distress is not an image too many women actors have to conform to anymore. Apart from having Kangana in a never seen before fierce avatar, the grand production scale of the film has also got people talking. As Shabana, she is part of team headed by Akshay alongwith Rana Daggubati and Anupam Kher, who must not only prevent terror attacks on India but attempt the audacious -- bring Pakistan based terror mastermind alive to stand trial in India. From Sonakshi Sinha in 'Force 2' and 'Akira' to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Dhoom 2'recent Hindi films where female leads took to action. Vidya Balan Juhi Chawla, 9 Celebrities Who Did Films For Free in Bollywood, 21 Pictures That Perfectly Capture Ranveer And Deepika's Intense Romance. The husband reads from a magaz... more, Aren’t human beings supposed to be creatures who have their own vices and fallacies? In Shabana’s fist fight with a character by actor Sushant Singh, there were a number of moments when he had the upper hand. There's always action, romance... more, Imagine this- a husband and wife are discussing about their child. Manisha Koirala’s Reena, the femme fatale protagonist of the best segment in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories, perfectly encapsulates how far Hindi cinema has come in its portrayal of women. The film Players included an ensemble cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Vinod Khanna, and Niel Nitin Mukesh. Anarkali dared to hope and find love in a place where she knew only death awaits her. What could be a better message? Of course, the character herself was written in golden ink that bled straight from the hearts of its genius writers. Although more and more people are breaking this glass ceiling, the figures, so far, are pretty surprising. Deepika Padukone Often, you spot it in mundane, everyday faces -- the girl on the bus, the domestic help or the executive feverishly typing away on her phone. Sonam Kapoor The Shoojit Sircar directorial is one of Deepika's career-defining performances. 16 Bollywood Brides Who Ran Away From Their Weddings! The cop drama starring Priyanka Chopra in the sequel of the classic Gangaajal starring Ajay Devgn was a different film for Pee Cee fans. Also read: Neha Kakkar shows pictures of her swanky Rishikesh bungalow and the tiny home she was born in: ‘I always get emotional’. Then, when she dared to dream and to love a prince, she was once again put in a cage of cold stone, this time, to death. Neerja gave Sonam Kapoor her most memorable role. The movie could not do much at the box-office but is memorable for bringing two of the biggest divas of 90s Bollywood together and for Juhi slaying a negative character for the very first time in her career. Baby (2015): Director Neeraj Pandey’s spy thriller featured one of the most impressive action sequences choreographed for a woman actor (Taapsee Pannu) in recent times. 4. The film made more than Rs186 crore at the box office. 1. See pic, Riteish Deshmukh strikes Ajay Devgn’s famous Phool Aur Kaante pose on Baaghi 3 sets atop two tanks, see pic, Priyanka Chopra’s first pic from We Can Be Heroes out, ‘They are going to dominate in next 4-5 years’: Pathan’s strong prediction, Bigg Boss 14 day 39: Nikki Tamboli fights with Aly Goni. Here is a list of ten such movies where the heroines who broke these stereotypes, female avatars and transformed themselves into dacoits on screen. It could not do too well at the box-office. Rani Mukerji's powerful cop drama was empowering to say the least. In the annals of Hindi cinema in the last 100 years, there have been several inspiring female characters -- characters made famous by actors such as Nutan, Meena Kumari, Nargis and Waheeda Rehman to name a few. 10. Bollywood is known for men in a villain role. Taapsee Pannu played Shabana Khan in undercover cop drama, Baby. Copyright © HT Media Limited All rights reserved. A follow-up to Jha’s 2003 hit Gangaajal, the film made Rs32 crore at the box office. Nevertheless, she stood tall for her love, against an unrelenting emperor and the cruel world which punishes something as pure as selfless love. Log in to our website to save your bookmarks. 2. What’s more not all of them are lead characters and that’s where the beauty lies. Strength doesn’t always need to make big statements; it doesn’t have to be heroic. Piku puts one feet in front of the other each day, her gruff exterior being her shield against the world. 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Anarkali was the kanees who dared to love. Generally, in Bollywood which is going bigger and wilder with production budgets, the budgets for female lead films are still somewhat conservative. Kolkata, Noida, Gurgaon, Jai Gangaajal (2016): Earlier this year, director Prakash Jha’s crime drama saw Priyanka Chopra play a cop battling prejudices in small town India. From Sonakshi Sinha in 'Force 2' and 'Akira' to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Dhoom 2'recent Hindi films where female leads took to action. The film netted Rs35 crore at the box office. The film that starred Akshay Kumar in the lead earned Rs81 crore in box office collections. Sridevi's comeback was a delight for both box-office and lovers of great content. 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