Bollywood is taking a step forward as they double up women power in upcoming movies

Bollywood, hitherto fuelled by its favourite ingredient -hypermasculinity and machismo - seems to be changing as filmmakers are taking a step forward by doubling up woman power in movies and going beyond the usual formula of a boy fighting baddies to save women.
Bollywood is taking a step forward as they double up women power in upcoming moviesBollywood is taking a step forward as they double up women power in upcoming movies
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Bollywood, hitherto fuelled by its favourite ingredient -hypermasculinity and machismo - seems to be changing as filmmakers are taking a step forward by doubling up woman power in movies and going beyond the usual formula of a boy fighting baddies to save women.

Some films that are yet to release this year or later such as "Student Of The Year", "Good News", "Saand Ki Aankh" and "Bala", showcase not just one but two female leads. 

Bhushan Kumar, head honcho of T-Series, who is bank-rolling female lead films including movies like "De De Pyaar De", "Bharat" and "Pati Patni Aur Woh", told IANS: "Women are playing important roles across all walks of life. As a result, what is happening in the outside world will sooner or later find its way to mirror itself in films."

"De De Pyaar De" stars Tabu along with Rakul Preet Singh; "Bharat" stars Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani; "Pati Patni Aur Woh" will have Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday; "Saand Ki Aankh" has Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu; and "Good News" has Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kiara Advani.

"Today's writers are writing stories that talk about issues that they see around them. Whether we like it or not, we cannot escape the presence and influence of women in any domain. Writers are writing about contemporary characters irrespective of their gender. There is no escaping that.

"So, women are bound to play pivotal roles in contemporary popular culture," Kumar said. 

Bollywood newbie Ananya, who is venturing into the acting world with "Student Of The Year 2", will be seen with newcomer Tara Sutaria. She has also bagged another film "Pati Patni Aur Woh", co-starring Bhumi Pednekar and Kartik Aaryan.

Ananya, daughter of actor Chunky Panday, is happy about filmmakers writing interesting roles for women.

"Even my second film ('Pati, Patni Aur Woh') has two women in it and I am super excited about that. I think we both have such strong characters and roles. That's really exciting that they (makers) are writing such interesting characters with not just one, but two women in one film. So, I think it is a really exciting time for actresses," Ananya told IANS.

Kumar says the changing times are giving birth to new ideas.

"Today, the industry is infused with writers who are bringing new thinking and fresh ideas and perspectives to the stories they bring on board. It's not to say that women will not be playing glamorous characters anymore in films, but as I see it, glamour will not necessarily be the only hallmark of a character essayed by an actress in our movies," he added.

Actress Yami Gautam, who will share screen space with Bhumi in the upcoming film "Bala", finds it empowering when women carry films on their shoulders. 

"Any trend that works for the greater good of cinema, should be encouraged. Being a woman, I think such content is encouraging -- be it strong central female protagonists or two women leading the way in films... It's a positive sign for me," Yami, who has earlier shared screen space with actress Shraddha Kapoor in "Batti Gul Meter Chalu", told IANS. 

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WTF??? How is that empowering? The girls fight each for the guy and for the screen time. If anything, one female lead and two guys is far better, but they still screw that up: Student of the Year at its heart was like a bro-love story between Varun and Sid and the Alia's character was just there to cause conflict, not because she had an actual personality. I highly doubt the sequel will be that, since Tiger is much bigger star than the girls.

SOTY2 is anything but close to women empowerment. Even the trailer shows that the movie is just about Tiger Shroff, his similar dance moves and him shirtless. I don’t care for Ananya but it’s such a shame that Tara says she chose to not do Aladdin or Kabir Singh for SOTY2 when it portrays women in such a poor taste and her role shows almost no significance besides being in skimpy clothes.

Pinkvilla, you have lost it. I wonder which idiot wrote this article

Yah. Loads of girls squandering over one man in every film. And still that one man has a more significant role than all the women in it put together.

Soty2 is basically a tiger vanity project with ananya and tara as his “props” as tiger himself said.
Its the same with de de pyaar de.

I must say pinkvilla has a truly convoluted understanding of equality

okay you guys have officially lost it. You idiots. Having two women for one man to choose between is the very definition of demonstrating hyper masculinity and not female power in any way. Also the two films you chose as examples are bloody sexist so go to school and learn the definition of feminism before you write such a stupid article.

Really?? how everything's the same sorry pv especially in dharma films just that the heroine's skirt gets shorter by each film

2 teenage girls fighting over a guy, creating drama is doubling up female power???????

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