Besides Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad, Bollywood’s tryst with female-led action films: Are we doing enough?

Is Bollywood ready to make a Kill Bill, Tomb Raider, Charlie’s Angels or Captain Marvel – a true blue actor with a woman doing the tribute? When was the last time you saw an actress carrying guns and grenades and taking out the enemy on her own? It can be a daunting task given that the term for gender reads “one man’s army”.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that actors like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have ruled this particular genre, with women largely relegated to their own boxes, with separate roles sometimes written for them, but action-oriented films were few and far between.

So, when Kangana Ranaut says, “The heroines of Hindi films never get the chance to do something,” she was not wrong. She has noted that actresses need not only the perks of leading ladies, but “the perks of a hero on the set”.

rekha khoon bhari maang action The Khoon Bhari Maang climax sequence made Rekha indulge in some action.

Hema Malini fired punches in Razia Sultan (1983), Rekha also fought her enemies head-on. Khun Bahari Mang (1988). But, that’s the most they have to do in the day, because a handful of movies hardly helped change the way we saw our women doing action on screen. Most of what their characters did in the name of action was ride a horse or bike, or shoot a bullet or two. Because until girls in distress are rescued by a guy who flexes muscle, wherever he pleases Thales And City comes from?

The ’90s was definitely an era of romance and comedy. Despite the turn of the millennium, filmmakers began to experiment with female-centric themes, but they mostly centered around their stories of coming of age, or empowerment. There was Lajja (2001), Queen (2013) and Mary Kom (2014). But in the end, the hard part of the work went to the guys.

“We should look at the movie as a movie only. We shouldn’t associate sex (sex) with it. We, the women, have contributed so much to so many movies. Since all the credit is given to the men, we have been hurt by it,” Kangana She added while promoting her movie Dcad recently.

Anushka Sharma action movie nh10 Anushka Sharma produced NH10 herself and it appeared as an important movie in her career.

Dakkad has Kangana playing the role of Interpol agent Avni who is an assassin, to unravel the human trafficking connection. The trailer is filled with relentless bloodshed with Kangana unleashing mayhem on her opponent amidst screeching gunshots and bombs.

dcad It is described as a female action movie of its kind. This is also like the final product of half a dozen great movies that chronicle the history of Bollywood trying to do justice to the genre. There are the likes of Samay, Mardaani and Jai Gangajal. However, they can be clubbed in the context of police female dramas. And if they’re not in uniform, they’re spy agents like Shilpa Shetty in Doss. But her portrayal is largely lost in the huge cast consisting of Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, Sunil Shetty and others.

Interestingly, when director AR Murugados decided to remake the Tamil film Mouna Guru (2011) in Hindi, he made one big change. He turned the plot and cast a woman in the lead role. Thus, Sonakshi Sinha’s Akira (2016) is worth mentioning here. You played a quick-tempered college student who gets involved in a crime. The work was raw and real, and Sonakshi did a good job.

Murugados told IANS in 2019, “When most of the heroines are busy decorating, moving from group to group, and singing duets with different heroes, Sonakshi would learn to fight like men. When she was performing stunts, I asked her to imagine herself as a man, and shrug Like a man, punched like a man, and stared like a man. The way she turned into Akira amazed me.”

Sonakshi needed to perform “Like a Man” to make sure the action scenes looked convincing, it might be debatable, but it became a sincere attempt to put the woman on the front foot. However, the film had lower box office expectations. This brings us back to the rooted question – is revenge and action only intended for men?

Priyanka Chopra had to travel to the US for an intense, action-packed role in Quantico. While she had done Don and Jay Ganjagal in India, this was a real business. Give the women a chance and they may turn the tables in their favour. Anushka Sharma was a force launched in NH10. Taapsee Pannu’s 7-minute action series Baby (2015) rises from the supporting league to mainstream Bollywood, giving a solo performance to her character in Naam Shabana (2017). Today, Taapsee has become synonymous with women-led stories.

We have to give credit to the filmmakers Raj and DK for trusting an antagonist in The Family Man 2. We saw the great job Samantha Ruth Prabhu did in the role.

Samantha stated how she wanted to push her boundaries and explore unfamiliar emotions, and said during promotions for her online show, “Women actresses tend to have one-dimensional characters and it becomes difficult to portray them because there is a fear that your performance will become repetitive. With Raggi, it was very different and exciting. It allowed me to explore a new dimension.”

Recent examples only show that all actresses need a chance. And with the fading of superstar culture, and National India Being the flavor of the season, it’s time to try out characters who challenge traditionally gendered roles. We just hope that Kangana Ranaut’s fiery avatar in Dhakad opens more doors for our actresses.

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