Bollywood: A Male Dominated Industry?

Do actresses have less star power than actors to pull in audiences into theaters? Why have recent films like Om Shanti Om, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini had new faces across top actors? Read on to find out...

Thursday, December 25, 2008 | 10:24:05 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Bollywood: A Male Dominated Industry?

Many have been speculating the influx of new faces across established actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan, etc in films lately. One wonder is Bollywood a male dominated world? Is it true that the actor can pull in more audiences than an actress into movie theatres? Whether it was last year’s Om Shanti Om which introduced Deepika Padukone or this year’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and now Ghajini, many big budget films are seeing leading actors with new ladies. Does the actor have more star power than an actress? Can Shah Rukh Khan or Amir Khan attract more audiences than Rani Or Ash?

Bollywood: A Male Dominated Industry

Its interesting to note that even while listing the star cast of a film, the leading actor’s name tends to go before the actress’. Talented actresses like Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta and many more are just not being offered films as more and more new faces join the industry. And once these new actresses establish themselves in a few movies will many roles be offered to them?

An established actor can give a few flops and still stay in the industry but when Madhuri or Rani gives a flop, that is not forgiven. An example being that many who had approached Rani for endorsements are now backing out due to the dismal outcome of her films this year. But Shahid, Shah Rukh, Akshay, Amitabh and almost every actor in the Indian film industry has gone through phases of flop movies but their star power remains the same. We have always questioned whether we are living in a male dominated society but is that reflection also being seen in Bollywood? Are actresses nothing but glamour dolls with no star power, which can be replaced by new faces again and again? Share your opinion with us….

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Posted on: 31 December 2008 at 10:28am
and yhp so totally true

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Posted on: 30 December 2008 at 4:36am
ah seems so rite, makes one wonder abt it. females are usually used in the background while the guys take over everything on the screen...i think it depends on how the film is made, actors and actresses both can have stronger roles and still have the romantic tinge to it...i think in bolly, the girls r usually left in the back as the glamour dolls while th boys go and fight and what not...think the girls can have the role of a fighter like they do in holly...
dnt mean to offend anyone...apologize in advance if i said something wrong to hurt ur feelings...

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Posted on: 28 December 2008 at 2:28am
tellywood is more female dominated

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Posted on: 27 December 2008 at 10:24pm
It is more to do with the way films are made in India most films the story is always revolves around the actore & actress is just their singing & dancing!
There are hardly any films were women are given a strong character to play..if at all they are given it''s always a fight against the social evils like gurl - boy discrimination, dowry, forced marriage etc.

In most films the roles for actresses are always for age group below 30 - it''s hard for an older actress to fit in.

Secondly we ourselves are responsible a man is always young even when he crosses age 45 but a woman is considered old when reaches 30.

thirdly, for some strange reason we never seem to appreciate married actresses ..... we always find them too old or not fitting the role''s all in the mindset.

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Posted on: 27 December 2008 at 6:31pm
Ofcourse it is male dominated, but now its more about the glamour than even acting itself, it has become so competitive and is more about box office results and more about Bollywood and movies itself!

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Posted on: 27 December 2008 at 5:43am
i agree it is a male dominated industry!

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Posted on: 26 December 2008 at 11:43am
i agree film industry is male dominated while tv industry is female in the end both men and women have equal opportunities to earn fame in entertainment industry lol..

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Posted on: 25 December 2008 at 9:56pm
It is a male dominated socity n industry both

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Posted on: 25 December 2008 at 8:08pm
Definitely Male Dominated!!!Yes... The Indian film industry is male dominated. The reason for this is still a mystery. I don''t think I will ever go to watch a film dominated by a female (Kajol might be an exception...:))I wud go for a film starring SRK, or Aamir. These actors have given big flops, but they have also given humongous hits... People do not care who stars opposite Aamir or SRK, they only care about the fact that it is a SRK/Aamir film... And there is a reason for not casting young men opposite older women. It will be very much visible the fact that the man is younger that the lady and its not very much accepted by Indian people... newayz... I havnt been able to give a reason for the discussion here... but... i jst wanted to express my views...

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Posted on: 25 December 2008 at 7:18pm
Yes, it is male dominated industry. STILL. Sadly. Oh well, I guess it also does come down to this: Pairing a young newcomer actress with an older top actor is okay, but pairing a young newcomer actor with an older top actress is a no-no. No one really is wanting to see, for example, Rani pretending to be a college girl acting with some young 19 year old newcoming male actor. There are just certain stereotypes that are still hard to overcome for many people. When in reality, Shahrukh Khan acted with newcomer Anushka Sharma who is 19, and he is 43, and everyone accepted that as okay because it was just acting. It should be able to work both ways, but sadly it doesn''t.

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