- Swara Bhaskar lies on a bed, covered waist down with a sheet of cloth, her right hand clutching the headboard, a rainbow of expressions on her face. The apparent movement of her left hand under the cloth is a clear giveaway: she is masturbating.
- Bhumi Pednekar walks into the doctor’s chamber with her reluctant husband in tow. She has a problem…no, he has a problem—she needs a cure for his erectile dysfunction.
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,...