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9 Powerful And Inspirational Women Characters In Bollywood Movies

Published on 8 March, 2018 at 9:00 am By

We are in an era where the fight for women empowerment is getting widespread and receiving awareness. Sadly, we are also in the era where women are tried to pull back into stereotypical shackles. It’s safe to say in this period of transition, even the slightest of the inspiration can make a great impact.


Predominantly, a male-dominated industry Bollywood has recently started making women-centric films. However, looking back, we can identify some of the strongest female characters in Hindi movies. They establish the basic fact that courage, bravery, talent, passion, or skill is not gender specific.

1. Nargis in Mother India

There is no wonder that this is such a role that will top the chart. Defying the norms of the society, she played the role of a mother who is kind yet strong. Her unwillingness to compromise on her principals and passion to fight on certainly portrays an inspiring character.

2. Anushka Sharma in NH10

Anushka’s first production venture turned out to be a success in box office. This film portrayed her as a strong woman who takes matters into her own hands and fights instead of waiting for her knight in shining armor.

3. Vidya Balan in Kahaani

Determination can take you a long way! This is what this character is all about. In this crime mystery, Vidya Balan plays the role of a pregnant wife who is set out to search her husband. The movie ends with an incredible twist and showcase of a plethora of emotions.

4. Kangana Ranaut in Queen

Who says you need the shoulder of a man to mend your broken heart? A backpacking trip leading to self-discovery will do the trick. This story of a common girl with undying determination can serve as inspiration to many. Kangana gave an iconic performance in this movie that hit us like a fresh wave.

5. Rani Mukerji in Mardaani

This movie is about the quest of a self-righteous inspector. How is that different? Well, this time the protagonist is female. She win hearts with her commanding and strong character portrayal in the movie.

6. Sridevi in English Vinglish


How many of us are pulled back by our insecurities? Too many! This story follows the life of a simple homemaker who forgot how to love herself. Eventually, she draws courage from within to break free the shackles of insecurities. This wonderful movie takes a relatable character and turns it into an inspirational one.

7. Shabana Azmi in Arth

In a time when mental problems were not even recognized, Shabana Azmi played this incredible character. She plays the role of a housewife who fights with depression while her husband cheats on her. It showcases her courage to break free from an unfulfilled life and start afresh.

8. Tabu in Astitva

This film showcase issues of male chauvinism and spousal abuse. Tabu plays the role of a housewife who has no identity beyond her marital status. She finally decides to define her importance beyond the domestic bondage through a new life.

9. Taapsee Pannu in Pink

The film itself questioned many stereotypical thoughts of the society. However, one role that is worth mentioning is played by Taapsee Pannu. She is a modern-day woman who is not afraid to stand up and fight for justice.



Which character influenced you the most? Let’s know in the comment below.

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