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Here’s why 2016 was the year of the woman in Bollywood

In previous-model journal journalism, 4 good examples would make a development. Yup, that’s lazy writing. So does it even make sense to identify developments anymore? Typically, sure — when the adjustments you see are, one, irreversible; and two, staring you within the face. What did we gauge from Bollywood in 2016 to name it the 12 months of the girl then?

That there have been fairly just a few ‘feminine-centric’ movies? No. We’ve had a number of of these earlier than. Particularly since Vidya Balan’s Soiled Image (2011), which grew to become virtually a R100 crore hit, prompting a number of producers to securely put money into feminine actors as principal leads — Vidya Balan in Kahaani (2012), Kangana Ranaut in Queen (2013), Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom (2014), Anushka Sharma in NH10 (2015). So yeah, the statement might be rather less apparent than that.

Salman heroine with ‘correct’ position
When producer Aditya Chopra, Anushka’s mentor, in her personal phrases, requested her to get on-board the Salman Khan-starrer Sultan, the very first thing that crossed her thoughts was, what’ll she get to do in it? The truth that they need to suppose alongside these strains, fairly than lap up what’s certain to be a strong industrial success, already says quite a bit about feminine A-listers.

However Anushka trusted Aditya, heard director Ali Abbas Zafar narrate Sultan’s script, and will inform that if she put in sufficient, there was sufficient in her position to make it memorable, alongside Salman’s. She skilled herself in skilled wrestling to suit the half. Why’s that a massive deal?

Hardcore star-system in Bollywood, because it had been, began roughly about six-and-half many years in the past. Salman alone has been an energetic tremendous-star for 25 years plus. In case you low cost Amitabh Bachchan’s lengthy peak within the ’70s/ early ’80s, no different actor, particularly over the previous decade or so, has managed to nook such big audiences by his presence alone — no matter a movie’s content material.

Salman exhibits up on display screen. Audiences present up in theatres. Hardly a shock then, that when you had been to look again at a few of his hits, you’ll hardly bear in mind anyone else. Are you able to immediately recall the feminine lead of Kick, Jai Ho, Prepared, Bodyguard? Or what the completely replaceable Jacqueline, Daisy, Asin or Kareena have been doing in these movies? Katrina, to be truthful, had a comparatively vital function in Ek Tha Tiger, additionally produced by Aditya Chopra.

However right here was Salman, Bollywood’s final male bastion — really prepping for a component (wow!), sharing ample display time with the heroine (no approach!). Positive indicators of an immeasurable change. Additionally, Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was as a lot, if no more, Anushka’s movie, because it was Ranbir Kapoor’s. Rounded complete of her two motion pictures’ field-workplace collections come to round R420 crore. Absolutely a good half might be attributed to her.

Priyanka in America!
Time journal’s ‘a hundred most influential’ cowl, one amongst 14 presenters on the Oscars, presenter at Emmy, winner at Folks’s selection awards, visitor at virtually all high American chat exhibits… All of this in a single frickin’ 12 months.

That is the astounding rise of Priyanka Chopra, who after profitable Miss World, slowly however steadily moved up in Bollywood, from second-billing roles (The Hero, Andaaz and so forth.), to feminine leads (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Aitraaz), to predominant lead (Style), to releasing singles within the US, to enjoying central character in a US community present (Quantico). And now the villain in Baywatch.

Surveying the a lot-beloved heroes in Bollywood, she says, it’s about time they stepped out of their consolation zone. Couldn’t agree extra. Guess who’s displaying the best way: a Hindi feminine movie star!

Deepika’s Holllywood debut
A lot of picture constructing occurs by way of speculative and congratulatory tales on the internet/ press — few of them are vegetation, most of them true. Should you had been to look by the showbiz part constantly in 2016, what you’d realise is how passé is the SRK-Salman star-battle. It’s about who’s additionally massive in America. In addition to Priyanka, in fact: Deepika Padukone. Piku, one might argue, was this former mannequin at her peak — successful viewers’s hearts with only a easy smile. The West has at all times been the ultimate frontier nonetheless. And who’s the one rubbing shoulders with the cumbersome Vin Diesel in XXX? That’s how doorways open, inflicting a pure domino impact. Sonam Kapoor, we hear, is perhaps subsequent.

Pink, Dangal: high hits
Andrea Tariang, Kirti Kulhari, Tapsee Pannu, Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra — who’re these women? Doubtless, essentially the most cherished actors of 2016. We are saying this, as a result of they had been the faces of the 2 most talked about films of the 12 months. Each set across the lives of girls — one (Pink) in city India; the opposite (Dangal), in rural. One zeroed in on the insecurities and fears of being single in a metropolis. The opposite confirmed women from Haryana realising desires that have been justifiably theirs to realize. One (Pink) turned the largest sleeper hit of 2016. The opposite (Dangal), the very best opening weekender on the BO. Each mirrored a brand new, progressively feminist India. Let’s not nit-choose on semantics of that time. Take a look at the bigger image. This alteration, we reckon, is irreversible.

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