5 Bollywood Actresses who Broke the Stereotypes – 8th March is dedicated to International Women’s Day to celebrate the success of women and highlight their issues. Our society has always had certain social norms which impacted the freedom and rights of women. However, with the changing times, women have been breaking stereotypes. Some of the Bollywood actresses also contributed to changing the mindset of society. Let’s have a look at them!
5 Bollywood Actresses who went against social norms
Priyanka Chopra is a modern, strong, confident, and independent woman who defines women’s freedom. Her journey from becoming Miss World in 2000 to becoming a global icon is inspiring. Her confidence speaks for her and shows that she is unstoppable when it comes to her ambitions. After winning the pageant, she started her career in modelling and Bollywood. She gave stellar performances in movies like Fashion, Barfi, Mary Kom, and Bajirao Mastani. She has received several awards and recognition including 2 National Awards, 5 Filmfare awards, and the Padma Shri. She then went on to star in the American series Quantico. She later settled in the US and married popular singer Nick Jonas. She has acted in a few Hollywood movies as well. She currently runs a production house, has a restaurant in New York, has sung singles and in movies, and also authored a book. She has achieved so much in such a short time and is a role model for all the girls out there. She is someone who showed the world that anything is possible. She broke the stereotypes in both her personal and professional lives. She has also advocated against body shaming and racism. She is a part of various social organizations and causes.
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Vidya Balan can be called a voice for women. Both personally and professionally, Vidya has redefined the social norms that exist for women. She started her career as a TV actress in Hum Paanch and went on to become one of the most successful Bollywood actresses. Her first Bollywood movie, Parineeta was a huge success. She went on to deliver excellent performances in movies like Bhool Bulaiya, Paa, Ishqiya, No one killed Jessica, Kahaani, and The Dirty Picture. She won the National Award for Best Actress for her role in The Dirty Picture. Vidya has been body shamed for her weight and criticized for her fashion style. However, Vidya did not bother about these and flaunt her curves confidently and gracefully. She went on to work in women-centric movies which changed the portrayal of women in movies. She showed the world that a woman does not need to be defined by social norms regarding her weight and beauty. She works for various women empowerment and humanitarian causes.
5 Bollywood Actresses who Broke the Stereotypes
The winner of Miss Universe 1994 broke the stereotypes when she adopted 2 daughters without ever getting married. She is a role model for several women and symbolizes that a woman does not need a man to complete her. A woman can do everything she wants on her own. After being crowned as the Miss Universe at the age of 18, she went on to act in Bollywood movies. She starred in several movies including Biwi No. 1, Sirf Tum, Aankhen, Main Hoon Na, etc. She was at the peak of her career when she adopted her first daughter, Renee in 2000. She adopted her second daughter Alisah in 2010. She has not been married although she has had been in several relationships. In 2014, she was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. However, she later opened up about it and how she suffered but managed to fight the disease. She also went through extensive workout therapy to heal her body. Sushmita is a pillar of strength and independence. She is not only a Bollywood actress but a role model to single mothers and independent women.
Neena Gupta is a woman who redefined social norms and lived her life on her terms. She went against the conventional way of life defined and accepted by society. From having a baby out of wedlock to getting married at the age of 49, she broke all the stereotypes! She started her acting career in TV serials such as Khandaan, Yatra, Gumrah, and the most popular Saans. She acted in several TV serials and then Bollywood movies. She appeared in movies such as Mandi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Khalnayak, etc. She has also worked in several international movies like Gandhi, The Deceivers, Mirza Ghalib, etc. She won a National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Who Chhokri in 1994. She became the second eldest Best Actress nominee for her role in Badhaai Ho in 2018. In 2017, she had again broken a stereotype by announcing on Instagram that she is looking for work. In the 1980s she had an affair with West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards and had her daughter, Masaba with him. However, Vivian was already married so Neena went against the social norms and decided to raise her daughter as a single mother. In 2008, she married Vivek Mehra at the age of 49. From her unconventional roles to her personal life, Neena redefined the rules of society.
5 Bollywood Actresses who Broke the Stereotypes
Kangana Ranaut has been making headlines ever since she stepped into Bollywood. She is an idol for those who condemn social norms. She has won 4 National Awards, 5 Filmfare awards, and the Padma Shri. She debuted in the movie Gangster in 2006 at the age of 19. She won the Filmfare award for the Best debut. She went on to give intense performances in the movies like Who Lamhe, Raaz, and Fashion. Her career took a turn with the movie Queen and Tanu Weds Manu. She went on to do more women-centric movies and even starred in 2 biopics: Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Thalaivii (Jaya Lalitha’s biopic). She has also launched her production house Manikarnika Films. From giving powerful performances to being outspoken, Kangana has been appreciated by the media and her fans. She had left her home and family at the age of 16 to pursue her dream of acting and not becoming a doctor according to her family’s wishes. She has had some troubled relationships and has decided to never marry. She is vocal about her opinions and shares them with the media and on her social profile. She speaks about nepotism in Bollywood and stands for her freedom. She has broken stereotypes to stand for what she believes in. She is currently hosting a reality TV show: Lock Upp.