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Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut – 5 actresses that changed the game in Bollywood

In Bollywood, women have begun leading and been instruments of change. CineBlitz talks of heroines including Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam K Ahuja and Taapsee Pannu, who through their standout potrayals of strong parts, have changed the audience’s attitudes towards women.

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In the wake of the gush that followed the release of the film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga on social media, one particular comment stood out from the rest — that of writer and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik. He tagged the film’s heroine, Sonam K Ahuja and wrote: “Bollywood actors do safe and patronising roles to protect old Bharat. Bollywood actresses take risks to create a new Bharat.” Needless to add, the tweet went viral. What was so special about this film that made a successful writer take the time out to tweet about a film? It created ripples for exploring the subject of same-sex romance and the struggles of the relationship to find acceptance in society. What’s more, it had a mainstream heroine Sonam K Ahuja playing a lesbian.

Watch the trailer of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga here:

For an unapologetic fashionista, Sonam has with time, proven to have more spine as an actress than her contemporaries, including the heroes. She has never succumbed to the urge of signing on more films, taking on item numbers or playing just a glamorous prop to the hero, which would have put her among the numero uno contenders. Yet, she turned out to be the heroine of the Box Office in 2018 with three films – PadMan, Sanju and Veere Di Wedding. In 2017, it was Neerja.

Not all of these films had her playing the leading lady, yet her choices do stand out. There seems to be no attempt to play safe. And she is as believable as the girl-next-door wanting to change the world, as she is the ultra glam diva. The actress has carved a unique place for herself. If there is one reason she is not seen as a contender to the numero uno throne, it’s because you know she is not interested in it.

Incidentally, Sonam’s film released after Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, set the Box Office on fire. With this, Kangana Ranaut not only breathed fire as the Rani of Jhansi, but also made her debut as a director. The film also went on to get a huge opening, earning Rs 53 crores within the first three days of the release. People have been raving about her performance, even as the actress has been in the centre of verbal sparring with her co-director of the film, Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (Krish) and other Bollywood denizens.

Watch the trailer of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi here:

Irrespective of her Box Office track record, Kangana has made more impact with her performances film after film – right from her debut in Gangster, to Manikarnika, rightfully picking up a couple of National awards too along the way. Interestingly, the actress has made it so far without working with any of the Khans or Kumars. When she did work with an A-lister hero, Hrithik Roshan, all hell broke loose. The rest, as they say, is history!

Ironically, Kangana’s current object of barbs, Alia Bhatt too, has done much to change the narrative of a heroine in Bollywood, in a short span of seven years. She has shown a lot of spine and wisdom in her choices of films, including setting the tone for 2018, with her effortless performance as an Indian spy in Pakistan in her film Raazi. Besides giving a nuanced performance as a spy, this Alia Bhatt-starrer also became the highest grossing Indian film with a female protagonist.  Gully Boy is largely the story of rapper Murad, but Alia holds her own as the feisty girlfriend Safeena, who wants to live life on her terms. Yes, she has set the tone again for this year.

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This brings us to yet another actress of substance – Taapsee Pannu. Clearly, the proverbial outsider and dark horse in Bollywood, her films are turning out to be flag-bearers for women’s emancipation. This turn of image clearly started taking place with Naam Shabana, where she played an undercover agent. But Pink (2016), in which she played a rape victim, triggered off a mini-revolution of sorts for women’s rights and dignity. She then topped it with Mulk (2018), where, as Aarti, a lawyer who fights for her father-in-law, she helps him reclaim his dignity as a Muslim and a citizen of the country when a family member gets involved in terrorism.

At the end of the year, she played a sexually liberated girl Rumi, who has to make up her mind between her boyfriend and her husband in Manmarziyaan. The actress has clearly emerged as the face of the modern Indian woman. So when you see her reuniting with her Pink co-star Amitabh Bachchan in Badla, expectations are bound to run high.

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How can the list be complete without Deepika Padukone? You can’t see her play anything but larger-than-life characters like Rani Padmavati, Mastani and Meenamma, who can rescue her heroes. However, if there is a defining role for the actress, it is that of the modern and independent Indian girl Piku.

Watch the trailer of Padmaavat here:

Meghna Gulzar promises to bring the actress back from the world of royalty to reality with Chhapaak, which is based on the life of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Her first biopic – will Deepika give us another breakthrough performance with this film? Let’s wait and watch…

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IFFM Awards 2019: Gully Boy, Andhadhun, Tabu, Vijay Sethupathi, Shah Rukh Khan receive top honours

It was that evening of the year in Melbourne, when the annual awards night marked its gala presence in the cultural melting pot. 2019’s award function at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was a special one for many reasons.

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It was that evening of the year in Melbourne, when the annual awards night marked its gala presence in the cultural melting pot. 2019’s award function at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was a special one for many reasons. Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy walked away with the top gong of Best Film honour, whereas Vijay Sethupathi won the Best Actor for his widely acclaimed film Tamil film Super Deluxe and Tabu was named Best Actress for her performance in Andhadhun.

Zoya said, “I am so excited. I am not going to forget this evening. This is my first award in the capacity of a producer. Gully Boy was our first production. This is a good start. No one makes a movie alone and this wouldn’t be possible without my producers, my co-writer, my incredible actors and every member of my cast and crew. 54 invincible artists worked on this album. I owe this night to all of them.”

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Zoya Akhtar

Sriram said on his win as best director, “I am thankful and overwhelmed with the response to Andhadhun and this award. A French short film inspired this movie. It was 7 years ago and the movie took a long time to make.” Upon receiving her award, Tabu said, “It’s my first time in Australia but I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you Sriram for writing this for me. This character is catalyst for change of roles for women that are being written and will be written in future. Thank you for trusting me with this character”.

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Sriram Raghavan and Tabu

Additionally, IFFM bestowed upon superstar Shah Rukh Khan – the  ‘Excellence In Cinema’ award.

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Shah Rukh Khan giving his award acceptance speech

Shah Rukh Khan, in his usual candour, said, “Thank you all of you in Melbourne. It’s an honour and privilege for me. Awards are odd because to me an art form be judged for its quality feels counter intuitive. Art is an expression and cinema is the ability to create emotions and share experiences through stories. To be an actor, is to live to know that each one is a mere illusion. When you are making a movie you can change a lot by changing the angle of the light and it strikes you that life is a lot like that as well. It’s the simple things that can alter your journey and pondering makes your story worth telling. I shot a film here 12 years ago and it was a straightforward film about a man who has lost hope in life picks on a team of girls and then they go on to win a world championship. This city had the simplicity I had seen nowhere else. When you get older like me, you realise things. I realised that film changed my life. It’s not the awards you get, it’s just the part of creating process that is an exhilarating experience for an artiste.”

Here’s a complete list of winners:

  • IFFM Best Short Film: My Name Is Mohamed And Raghad, We Don’t Exist Here Anymore by Ali Mousawi AND Be My Brother by Genevieve Clay
  • IFFM Diversity Award: Onir
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award: Simmba
  • Celebrating 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Karan Johar
  • IFFM Best Director: Sriram Raghavan for Andhadhun
  • IFFM Best Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe
  • IFFM Best Actress: Tabu for Andhadhun
  • IFFM Best Indie film: Bulbul Can Sing
  • IFFM Best Film: Gully Boy
  • PWC Equality in Cinema award an honorary award): Chuskit & Super Deluxe
  • IFFM Excellence in Cinema – Shah Rukh Khan

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Nikaah, Halal, Phir Ussi Mod Par – 4 films that dealt with Triple Talaq

The Triple Talaq Bill is being introduced in the Rajya Sabha, and on this note we bring to you some films that explored the subject

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Halal, Phir Ussi Mod Par, Nikaah movie posters

The subject of triple talaq is not new to Bollywood. Time and again, filmmakers have dealt with this social issue faced by women in the Muslim communities. Here we check out five such films that have explored the topic on screen.

Nikaah

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Nikaah (1982) movie poster

The film was a social comment on the Shariat law of divorce. The film was initially titled Talaq Talaq Talaq, but director BR Chopra had to change the title of the film to Nikaah after one of his friends pointed out that the title will dissuade Muslim families from watching a film that was propagating Talaq (divorce). Chopra changed the title to Nikaah but could not stop people from filing cases against the film.

Starring Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha — it was the story of a woman who is married to a man who does not have any time for her — resulting in an altercation that leads to the man spelling out Talaq three times to her.

Phir Ussi Mod Par

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Phir Ussi Mod Par (2018) movie poster

Another Muslim social that attempted to talk of the practice of Triple Talaq. It is the story of a woman of substance and fortitude who gets duped in love facing an unjustified ‘Triple Talaq’. She raises her son against all odds only to see him subject her daughter-in-law to the same fate in a most unjustifiable manner. The woman rises to the occasion squarely meeting the daunting challenges of society and clerics to ensure that justice prevails. Directed by Lekh Tandon the film failed to impress at the box office.

Halal

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Halal (2016) movie poster

The film deals with the theme of loyalty, love and the institution of marriage that is deemed to be pious by society. It is a story of human emotions, which depicts the trials and tribulations that women in our society go through. The film is about a woman whose husband divorces her so that she does not face the ire of his mother. As per the Muslim customs, the woman has to marry again and divorce the second husband if the first husband wants her back.

Directed by National Award Winner Shivaji Lotan Patil, the movie featured Chinmay Deepak Mandlekar, Priyadarshan Jadhav, Pritam Kagne, Vijay Chavan, Vimal Mhatre, Chhaya Kadam, Amol Kagne and Sanjay Sugaokar.

Code Blue

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Code Blue (2019) movie poster

‘Code Blue’ refers to the life-saving emergency code and in this movie it revolves around this girl, whose story is inspired by a real-life incident. The protagonist is pushed to the limits by society’s malpractices and how she comes back and fights those evils, is what Code Blue is all about. The battle of a girl from a dead-end! Made in association with Rahat Kazmi Films, the film features Alok Nath, Rishi Bhutani, Sushmita Mukerji and Khan in lead roles.

Khan wants to use the medium of movies to bring to light the lives of women who find their lives shattered with this instant divorce practice. She says, she felt traumatised when she encountered cases of women having to endure the mistreatment and misuse of the oral talaq system. For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.

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Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh – 5 stars who’ve been teased by Arjun Kapoor on social media

Post Arjun Kapoor’s funny comment on Anil Kapoor’s recent post, here’s taking a look at the top 5 funny comments that the young star made on his B-Town friends’ social media posts

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Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Katrina Kaif

Arjun Kapoor is often seen headlining news and it’s not just for his films. The actor is a master of trolling. Well, sort of and his fans enjoy the friendly banter that he has on social media with his friends. His recent comment on Anil Kapoor’s latest picture brought him in the limelight again. Anil had posted a picture with the caption saying, “I could add some deep quote here but let’s be honest I just wanted to post some good looking pictures of myself.” And Arjun had something interesting to say. He wrote, “& u say I ruin ur reputation….just see this post.” Well this made us take a look at the other times he has teased his friends on their social media. Check it out:

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif is one of Arjun’s favourite when it comes to making funny remarks. Recently, when Katrina posted a picture from her Mexico vacation, Arjun had a rather hilarious take on the photo. He commented, “Watch where you going, girl! Hope you didn’t walk into the pillar while posing,” as Katrina was posing next to a pillar.

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Ranveer Singh

Arjun did not spare his Gunday co-star and best friend Ranveer Singh as well. The Gully Boy actor is known for his outlandish style and when had posted a photo wearing a colourful outfit, Arjun didn’t miss the opportunity to comment on the same. He said, ”Narangi Mausambi wala.”

Parineeti Chopra

The Ishqzaade jodi is known for their online banter and Arjun is forever ready to tease Pari. So during the shooting of their film Namaste England, Arjun made sure he did it again. He posted a video where he can be seen teasing Parineeti and just because she wore a green dress, Arjun captioned the video as, “Presenting Hari – Pari the tourist photography expert !!!”

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Remember Priyanka Chopra’s all-white Cannes 2019 dress. Priyanka definitely killed the look but Arjun yet again had a fun take on it. When PeeCee posted that picture on social media, Arjun couldnt resist commenting, “Surf Excel vibes.”

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Aditya Roy Kapur

When Aditya Roy Kapur claimed that he is single through an Instagram post, he also was obliged with a funny comment from Arjun Kapoor. Arjun said, “Chal Jhoota.” and hinted that Aditya might actually be in a relationship.

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These were some instances that we feel Arjun was bang on with his hilarious comments. Which one was your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below. Also, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such interesting features.

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