Every year on the occasion of International Women’s Day, several advertising campaigns celebrate the spirit of womanhood. From advertisements making it a special day for the women in our lives to shopping offers that arrive in our mail inboxes with WhatsApp messages from friends and family, there are usually two schools of thought on this day. While one would say that women should be celebrated on this special day, another is of the opinion that women should be celebrated regardless of the day, time, month or year. However, the fact remains that Women’s Day is actually every day.

It exists 365 days a year because the work they do challenges them, questions social norms and pushes the envelope. In Bollywood, many leading ladies have broken the age-old notion at various levels and paved the way for success. One of the finest examples in recent times is Alia Bhatt whose film Gangubai Kathiawadi is approaching Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office.

Released at a time when the livelihood of cinemas was a question mark, it is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Alia Bhatt starrer that has breathed new life into theatres. While the actress has received accolades at home as well as internationally, Alia is now aiming higher. The actress will now go global as she is all set to make her Hollywood debut alongside Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan.

Another actress who made her mark in the first two months of 2022 was Deepika Padukone with her stellar performance in Gehraiyaan. Single-handedly shouldering Shakun Batra’s relationship drama, Deepika delivered a heartwarming act that is easily one of her best.

This powerful character, playing his character and bringing the audience back to the theatres, is no small task. Its importance in the bigger picture is even greater because you see how far female actors have come today and the kind of roles being written for them.

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As Taapsee Pannu once rightly said in a recent interview that she will not play another role. The Loop Lapeta actress was mean business when she said that she wants to be the lead actor in every one of her films. And why not? With an impressive filmography like Thappad, Badla and Pink, Taapsee Pannu is among the crop of actors who know what they want and they go ahead and get it.

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Not only in terms of acting, but actresses today are empowering and generating employment along with their own production houses. One of them is Richa Chadha who is working towards training more women in the lighting department of films. Richa Chadha, filmmaker Shuchi Talati and their team recently won a prestigious Berlinale grant for proposing an incubation program designed to increase the participation of women in the grips and lighting departments in the Hindi film industry. Nothing like that?

beyond bollywood

The Hindi film industry is full of talented female filmmakers and producers such as Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Guneet Monga, Tahira Kashyap and Anvita Dutt. Even in the Down South, strong material has highlighted women who are making notable films or supporting original films. Take for example producer Sophia Paul, who backed the widely popular Minnal Murali, which garnered audiences across streaming platforms and regions.

Another such shining star is Nandini Reddy who helmed Netflix’s first Telugu anthology Pitta Kathalu. With an all-female cast, Nandini crafted a bold anthology that navigated relationships.

Women today have played many roles in various film fields. They are not only taking it forward, but bringing about a change that is only for the better. Here’s to more power for these women.

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