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International Women’s Day! Piku, Bandit Queen, Raazi – 7 powerful female characters of Bollywood

International Women’s Day: Deepika Padukone from Piku, Vidya Balan from Begum Jaan and Alia Bhatt from Raazi – here’s our tribute to all the inspiring female characters that Bollywood gave us

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‘A strong-minded woman is a different animal,’ said Meryl Streep. And time and again, the women working in the film industry have proved what one can achieve with hard work, persistence, and caliber. Indian cinema has come a long way from not allowing women to act in films to now, women getting appreciation all over the globe for what they bring to the table. Specifically, Hindi cinema has been a highly male-dominated milieu. While our film industry is still majorly run by men, a few rays of hope have emerged in the form of female-led films that have given us some inspiring women characters to root for. We salute all the actresses, directors and most importantly, the writers for writing and creating characters that aren’t damsels in distress but saviors who know how to protect themselves. Today, we at Cine Blitz, celebrate Women’s Day and revisit the female characters that were not just strong and fiery, but have inspired a generation of women to live lives on their own terms.

Phoolan Devi aka Bandit Queen (Bandit Queen):

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Yes, she was a bandit, a dacoit and some may even brand her as a criminal. But what led her to become a rebel was far more brutal that one could ever imagine. The film showed one of the boldest avatars of women ever portrayed on the celluloid. Though you are not supposed to be inspired by a bandit, the film taught every woman that if you decide to step up and claim what’s yours, no one can pull you down.

Shivani Shivaji Roy (Mardaani):

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First of all, let’s take a moment and appreciate Rani Mukherjee for playing strong parts right from her very first film and not just being a dainty wallflower. Shivani was a cop that every police department needs to have. She stood against the evil and busted a horrible human-trafficking racket. Shivani will always be etched in our minds as a synonym for bravery.

Piku (Piku):

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Piku is all of us but on the big screen. Regardless of gender, many of us could see ourselves in the way Deepika Padukone played Piku. Her father lived in his own world and Piku accepted it and being a part of it so that he doesn’t feel alone. In a quiet, unassuming way, Piku showed us that she was the head of the family. She made her baba the centre of her world and shaped her life accordingly. Yes, she had flaws. But are we even humans if we have no flaws. Piku is one of the most humane characters to have ever depicted in Hindi cinema.

Sehmat (Raazi):

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Watan ke aage kuch nahi, khud bhi nahi.
She put her life, her family and everything at stake for the sake of our nation. Sehmat had to make numerous sacrifices at each step and she did that for the love for her country. Her marriage was a part of a covert mission, but she never complained. She saw her husband die in front of her but she was helpless, as duty comes first. How can a lady, who saved our navy men from a deadly attack, not be our inspiration? Sehmat will always have a special place in our hearts.

Abha Mathur (Jai Gangaajal):

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Abha Mathur was everything that a male super cop has been in Hindi films over the years. It was refreshing to see a female role written with the same swagger and style reserved for a male star. Breaking the stereotype of a male cop stuck in a corrupt village set up, Abha turned the table around and showed us that there is nothing she can’t do that a guy can do. Coming from the director Prakash Jha, known for creating gritty heroes, we are happy that he sketched an equally heroic part for a woman as well.

Begum Jaan (Begum Jaan):

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It wasn’t just the division of India into two countries but it was also her house that was being divided. Though Begum Jaan was the head of a brothel, she was voicing the sentiments of a huge population of people and what they felt when their lives were suddenly devastated during the partition. Begum Jaan and her girls walking into the fire and not dying in the hands of enemies was a victory in itself.

Aisha Sangha (Dil Dhadakne Do):

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What problems do rich people have? Who can stop a rich woman from doing anything she wants? PATRIARCHY. When Aisha told her in-laws and parents that she is unhappy in her marriage and wants divorce, their reply was baccha paida karlo, thik ho jaega. But kudos to Aisha for not becoming another victim of patriarchy. She freed herself from the metaphorical cage that society had put her in. Aisha, you win girl!
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August to be a busy month for Shraddha Kapoor – here’s why!

Not just workwise, but Shraddha Kapoor will have a busy August at the box office too – here’s proof

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The second half of 2019 is buzzing with films for Bollwyood. With a number of big and small film’s releasing the entertainment quotient will surely be high, but this abundance of movies will also make it challenging for many films. Especially, between June to August, Shraddha Kapoor will be the busiest star, let us tell you why.

In the third quarter of 2019, there are many interesting films coming up, amongst them Shraddha Kapoor turns out to be the only female star to have two back to back film’s releasing. Yes, now that Saaho’s release has been announced for Independence Day (August 15), August will be a busy month for Shraddha. Well, right after Saaho, Shraddha’s film with Sushant Singh Rajput, Chhichhore will release on August 30. In this film, Shraddha will be seen in some different eras of life.

Other than these two films Shraddha also has Street Dancer 3D, Rooh Afza and Baaghi 3 on her plate. With this busy schedule, the actress had to back out from the Saina Nehwal biopic, however, the near future for the actress looks busy but good and we wish her luck. Stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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Saaho-Mission Mangal box-office clash: It’s Akshay Kumar versus Prabhas this Independence Day

With Saaho’s release date being announced today (May 21), we will get to see a major clash at the box office this Independence Day (August 15), details inside

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Bollywood leaves no option to leave its fans spoilt for choices. Yes, often at public holiday’s they give us more than one film to choose from, while these films are fun to watch, what is more entertaining is the box office clash. And the latest film to get on a battle at the box office will be Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal and Prabhas’ Saaho. While we all know how Akshay Kumar is a bankable star, let us tell you that Baahubali’s success has also made Prabhas a pan-India star with a huge fan following down South. So, this clash is surely a BIG one!

The makers of Saaho released a new poster of the film today (May 21) featuring Prabhas in an intense look. Along with the poster they also announced that Saaho will release on Independence Day, which also turns out to be the same date when Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal is slated to release. Now with two stars clashing at the box office, we will need a lot more popcorn after the film too. Let us know who you think will reign stronger at the box office from Akshay Kumar and Prabhas? Check out Saaho’s poster here:

Mission Mangal stars Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari along with Akshay in the film. While Saaho stars Baahubali fame Prabhas alongside Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh. We are excited for this box office clash, what about you? Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Tiger Shroff is killing it at the box office and here’s proof

We analysed Tiger Shroff’s box office report over the past five years and here’s our verdict!

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Tiger Shroff made his debut back in 2014. Since then, he’s had just five releases, the sixth one (Student of the Year 2) is releasing on May 10. Though these aren’t many films as compared to his contemporaries, Tiger is still killing it at the box office. And it’s not us, but our trade expert – Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) who is telling so! Yes, he’s had his ups and downs at the box office. But his popularity amongst the masses is unparalleled. In fact, his under-performing films have also earned a decent amount at the box office.

Talking about Tiger Shroff’s box office performance, Akshaye reveals to us exclusively, “What he is doing is absolutely phenomenal. In his generation, I do not see any actor who is out and out massy as Tiger is! We see Varun Dhawan doing films like Sui Dhaaga: Made in India and October in between all his mass entertainers. If you look at Ranveer Singh, he is also in another space. So are Sidharth Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, etc. Most of the actors in his generation are doing films that cater to the metros and somewhat to the towns beyond that. Tiger, is at the other end of the spectrum and he has built this niche for himself.”

Analysis

Taking a look at all his releases till now, Heropanti (Rs 55 crore), Baaghi (Rs 80 crore), A Flying Jatt (Rs 40 crore), Munna Michael (Rs 35 crore) and Baaghi 2 (Rs 165 crore), you will realise that he has grown a lot. In fact, with Rs 375 crore in his kitty (from just five releases), he’s averaging at Rs 75 crore a film, which is quite amazing. However, it is his popularity amongst the masses that will make him a superstar.

As Akshaye points out, “For the mass audience, amongst this generation, Tiger is one of the most popular stars, besides Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan. It makes sense for every star to find his niche and be the king of his kingdom. And that is something Tiger has done very well. The fame that Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Suniel Shetty enjoyed as action stars in their hay days, has been occupied by Tiger. And that’s terrific I guess. He is running a race where he is the only guy who is running it. He’s found his niche really well. I really wish he can capitalise on it over the years and be an absolute superstar of the masses.” Let us know what you think in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates.

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