March is the one month when the whole world celebrates the
importance and existence of women. A woman plays various roles in her
life and is considered a thread that binds a family and society
together, so it makes perfect sense that a whole month would
be dedicated in their honor. BollyCurry brings to you a list of popular
silver-screen characters in various shades of the fairer sex.
words can do justice to what a mother means to her children. She is the
most influential figure in a child's life, one who nurtures them and
plays a big role in how they shape up as adults. But to harbor the same
maternal instincts for kids other than her own is the true sign of a
motherly heart. Jennifer Kapoor from Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
is probably the
character to strike us first when it comes to mothers we look up to.
Not only was she a single mother but one of her children happened to be
her husband's illegitimate child, who she loved as much as her own
biological child. Nandini Raichand from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
also mothered a child who didn't have this special person to look up to in his life.
daughter is a daughter all her life and the unconditional love she
holds for her parents never dies down. They are not only the apple of
their parents' eyes, but when time comes, they can be their biggest
Naina Kapoor of Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
is one such
character who supported her single mother in her struggle to keep the
family together in the constant bickering between her mother and her
grandmother. Poorbi Anand from Aarakshan (2011)
is yet another
example. As her father is faced by a number of hurdles from being the
principal at a university to teaching students in a cowshed
to gathering negative media attention, she stands by him and is his
strength throughout it all.
A wife is often
referred to as her husband's better half, someone who he can trust,
someone who he can count on to stand by him through thick and thin.
Bollywood has given us wives who haven't ever disappointed on that
In Kahaani (2012)
, we saw how Vidya Bagchi avenged her
husband's death who was killed in a terrorist attack. Another example
that comes to mind when we think of a supportive wife is Priya Malhotra
in Aitraaz (2004)
. When her husband is accused of molesting his
employers wife, she not only believes in his innocence but also
represents him in court as his lawyer against them. In the end she wins
the case and gets him acquitted.
A sister is someone
from our own generation, who we count on at every step in life.
Traditionally, a brother is said to protect his sister always but when
needed, his sister can be his protector too. My Brother...Nikhil (2005)
the tale of Anamika whose brother is diagnosed with HIV. His life falls
apart and even his parents leave his side b
ut Anamika stands by him
through this hard time and when he is forcibly isolated from the rest of
the world, she even secures his release with the help of her lawyer. A
sister also fights for another sister. When Sonia Sehgal is brutally
raped and murdered in Dushman (1998)
, her sister Naina takes it
upon herself to avenge her death. Naina trains herself under an ex-army
man and ultimately kills her sister's murderer in an act of
If a woman can light up the world
around her, she can also be dark, seductive and mysterious. They can
often lead people into deadly situations. Susanna Johannes of 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
is a classic
example of a femme fatale who marries all the wrong men in
her life and ends up ultimately killing them. Sonia Roy in Aitraaz (2004)
is a sexy vamp who falsely accuses her former lover and current
employee of molesting her after he refuses her advances. Both these
women have an aura of mystery and seduction which shows that women are
not always girls-next-door.
All these roles aside,
women are also used as the glamour quotient in much of Bollywood. Almost
every movie, no matter what the theme or genre, has an item number
which becomes an instant hit on the music charts. Most of these are
picturised on women, who add the oomph factor.
are a mirror to society and what is shown is a subtle reflection of what
we see around us everyday. Do leave your views on how much you can
relate to these figures on screen and what importance does a women have
in your life.
Author: Neethi B.
Editors: Komal P. & Gunia M.
Graphics: Marsh P.