10 Strong Female Characters That Ruled Bollywood Films

Blog By Helma  |  06-03-18

These Characters stand out for there strong portrayal onscreen

Shashi-English Vinglish

Shashi-English Vinglish

We see role models everywhere, but never in the homemakers and mothers around us. Sridevi’s game-changing portrayal of a housewife changed this. Shashi, a wife and mother who can’t speak English, raises important questions about the value of a homemaker’s work and skills


Rani-Queen

Rani-Queen

Rani, a woman with low English-speaking skills, goes off to Europe on her honeymoon alone and takes control of her own life, after her groom left her.


Naina-Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Naina-Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Naina’s stays in her own way of life and lack of interest in exploring new things, she set off for a holiday. Not only she explore herself but she also give Ranbir the taste of understanding life that, the narrative of the film ends with Ranbir Kapoor leaving his job and coming back to her.


Meera-NH10

Meera-NH10

A gritty and gruesome tale of rape, and murder, NH10 looks into the dark horrors that Meera experiences. Anushka Sharma plays the role of a woman who fights for justice and defends herself in the most trying circumstances, not once backing down because she is a woman.


Piku-Piku

Piku-Piku

The idea that women can be caretakers of their parents and that they can be unmarried and live in their own home, was normalised in Piku. From a feminist father like Amitabh Bachchan’s character, to Deepika Padukone’s Piku’s own independence, the film has its own kind of role models.


Sulu-Tumhari Sulu

Sulu-Tumhari Sulu

Sulu takes the idea of your neighbourhood aunty and turns it on its head. She’s fun, she’s woke, and she is boldly ambitious – everything an Indian woman might want to be, but cannot. Funny at finding unique solutions to common problems, Sulu is an icon for the middle-class ‘bhartiya nari.’


Vidya-Kahani

Vidya-Kahani

Another strong character played by Vidya Balan, this story of a pregnant woman finding out to avenge her husband's murderer, is iconic. Vidya won many awards for this role, much appreciated by everyone, this surely gives the idea of woman power.


Meeta-Hasee Toh Phasee

Meeta-Hasee Toh Phasee

Very few lead female characters in Bollywood are portrayed as geniuses. Parineeti Chopra’s Meeta was one of those rare characters. A total nerd but at the end the hero falls for her. This was something where a woman is shown as intellectual.


Laila-Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Laila-Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

A rare strong and independent character in Katrina Kaif’s roles, Laila is a free bird who lives on the edge. From scuba diving to motorbiking, she doesn’t aspire to girly stuffs, and that’s what’s refreshing about her. We don’t know about you, but we quite like that in a female character


Shivani-Mardani

Shivani-Mardani

Rani Mukerji has played many strong characters in her lifetime. However, this portrayal of a policewoman seeking out people accused of child-trafficking stands out. A lone wolf who takes on gangs of men single-handedly, Mardaani is quite the inspiring story to look for.








Related Story