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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha...

Bollywood’s old patriarchal order is crumbling. The spirited shards of the glass ceiling reflect a bunch of brave young ­actresses leading the revolution.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha...
Brave New World |
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha...
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2019-03-08T12:52:09+05:30

Welcome to the brave, new B-town where a brigade of young actresses are smashing stereotypes and the old pat­riarchal order, setting the screen on fire with an array of out-of-the-box roles that few of their predecessors would have dared to pick in their heyday. Cool, confident and in sync with the times, they are agents of transformation, pushing the boundaries for women in Hindi cin­ema, and breathing life into the mannequins of old, whose job was only to prettify the celluloid screen.

This generation is steering clear of the image trap of its own volition. Nowadays, nobody wants to play the chaste angel or the good old damsel-in-distress, waiting to be rescued by her knight-in-shining-arm­our, or any such hackneyed character. The mere thought of prancing around trees with a macho man, lip-syncing to inanities, sounds uncool to them. The doe-eyed dolls of yore, draped in see-through chiffons and serenaded atop a silvery peak by a sadistic suitor in a pashmina poncho, are stuff of Bollywood fairytales. But we are now getting real.

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