Monday March 30, 2020

All the Women-Centric Bollywood Films in the Year 2020

2020: Year of the Women-centric film in Bollywood

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The year 2020 will be witnessing a lot of Bollywood films with female protagonists. Pixabay

Director Anubhav Sinha is satisfied with the box office showing of his critically-acclaimed latest release, “Thappad”. Although the film managed just over Rs 22 crore till its second Saturday, Sinha has declared that is “exactly what I thought it’ll do — making money”. While “Thappad” is yet to be declared a hit despite starting an important conversation, other women-led movies this year so far — like Deepika Padukone’s much publicised “Chhapaak” and the Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Panga” — are far from successful at the box office, too. The grim “Chhapaak”, managing a paltry Rs 32.48-crore haul since its January 10 release, has been declared a losing proposition, according to the trade website koimoi.com. “Panga” failed to cash in on Republic Day zest, earning only Rs 25.64 over the past weeks since its January 24 release. The film has been declared a flop.

The bright side is the slow show of these films is not dampening the enthusiasm of filmmakers as well as Bollywood buffs. The next few months overflow with interesting projects that cast spotlight firmly on the female protagonist, and celebrate Indian womanhood across societal strata.

Among the most talked-about female-centric projects this year is “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic of mathematics wizard Shakuntala Devi that casts Vidya Balan in the title role. “I want bigger openings than them (the male superstars),” the “Kahaani” actress had said with a laugh earlier this year, adding: “I am greedy. I think it’s very interesting time in Hindi cinema. I really look forward to this decade. As a female actor at the age of 41, I am amazed at the variety of roles and kinds of films I am being offered.”

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Bollywood film “Chhapaak”, starring Deepika Padukone was one of the most publicised films. Wikimedia Commons

The Janhvi Kapoor-starrer “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl” will show that sky is the limit for women. It is a biopic of Indian Air Force combat pilot Gunjan Saxena, who entered the war zone during the 1999 Kargil War.

Psychological suspense will be the mood for Parineeti Chopra, when she returns to the Bollywood screen, with her starring role in “The Girl On the Train”. The film, also featuring Aditi Rao Hydari and Kirti Kulhari, is a remake of the 2016 Hollywood thriller of the same name, which in turn was adapted from Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name.

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Among the most talked-about female-centric bollywood films this year is “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic of mathematics wizard Shakuntala Devi that casts Vidya Balan in the title role. Wikimedia Commons

After featuring in one of the biggest blockbusters of 2019 – “Kabir Singh”, actress Kiara Advani will lead the cast of “Indoo Ki Jawani”. It will definitely have more scenes and dialogues than what was given to her in “Kabir Singh”, which was slammed for its “toxic masculinity”.

Kangana, who never wanted to be a “hero’s sidekick”, will be seen as late former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in the latter’s biopic “Thalaivi”. The actress also has “Dhaakad” which Kangana had defined as a “one of a kind female-led action film”.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” will have Alia Bhatt as its protagonist. According to reports, the film revolves around a brothel owner and matriarch.

The year 2020 surely looks like it will belong to the heroine in Bollywood. (IANS)

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“I Want To Do More Action Movies”, Says Actress Priyanka Chopra

She has many projects in her kitty, including a superhero movie titled "We Can Be Heroes". Will the audience get to see her as a superhero?

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"I have always done my own stunts. I trust my body immensely. I am athletic as a person. I just really enjoy action movies. I have done them in 'Don' and 'Quantico'. I hope to do more of them," Priyanka said. Bollywood Country

Actress Priyanka Chopra has done some daring stunts in movies. She says she wants to do more as she enjoys action films.

“I have always done my own stunts. I trust my body immensely. I am athletic as a person. I just really enjoy action movies. I have done them in ‘Don’ and ‘Quantico’. I hope to do more of them,” Priyanka told IANS.

The genre is generally seen as a hero’s domain.

“I am someone who believes in a gender neutral world. I hope in my lifetime we reach a place where we say movies instead of female-centric movies, we say directors instead of female directors, we say athletes instead of female athletes,” said the former Miss World.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra has done some daring stunts in movies. She says she wants to do more as she enjoys action films. Wikimedia Commons

“I hope my children don’t have to worry about the fact that ‘this is an Indian female cricket team or Indian female movie’. We don’t say ‘it is a male-centric movie, so let’s go and watch it’. So why do we have to say that it’s a female (centric movie)? I hope that happens and I am seeing it more and more as the conversation… where girls are coming out of their shells, and parents are supporting in finding their own feet. My parents supported me in all my dreams and ambitions,” said Priyanka.

She has many projects in her kitty, including a superhero movie titled “We Can Be Heroes”. Will the audience get to see her as a superhero?

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“I can’t tell you that but it’s a kids superhero movie by Robert Rodriguez. You know ‘Spy Kids’? This (‘We Can Be Heroes’) is in that world a little bit, and a lot of amazing actors have come together to tell the story. It will be really fun,” she said. (Bollywood Country)