From Alia Bhatt to Radhika Madan, these actresses played fearless and courageous characters on screen

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Actresses who play bold characters: Gone are the days when in films one had to wait for the hero to save the helpless woman from the goons. Over the years, Indian cinema has seen several Sheroes fighting their battles in fearless and bindaas style. From firing guns to punching, our women can do it all. Reflecting the change in the narrative of female representation, actresses are playing powerful characters that reflect the strong women of the society. Here’s a look at some of the most impressive performances by such female artistes:

Alia Bhatt

Breaking away from the glamorous image, Alia Bhatt delivers a stellar performance as a rural, migrant girl in Udta Punjab. Rising above the tyranny of situations, Alia’s character showcases the true power of women as she fights her way from a daily wage laborer to a drug smuggler and beyond.

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Anushka Sharma

After playing the bubbly, happy-go-lucky girl in her previous films, Anushka Sharma broke the convention with a bang in her debut production NH10. Challenging gender stereotypes, Anushka Sharma’s raw and power-packed action sequences set against the backdrop of the fight against social evils earned her appreciation and love for her performance from the audience.

Rani Mukherjee

Rani Mukerji’s Shivani Shivaji Roy broke the clutter of the male-dominated police spectrum in Mardaani. Everyone loved the story of her victory over the prostitution racket with her fearless and strong demeanor. Showcasing the angry young woman persona, Rani Mukerji’s Mardaani had a strong message for women to be their own heroes.

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Deepika Padukone

Ram-Leela presented Deepika Padukone in a completely new avatar. Bold and outspoken in her demeanor, Leela was a thoroughly street-smart girl who fought her battles with her head held high. Displaying a passionate attitude, Deepika did whatever her character demanded with utmost swag, echoing the modern, independent women of contemporary society.

Radhika Madan

Choosing unconventional roles right from the start of her career, Radhika Madan has portrayed some of the most outspoken female characters in recent times. Especially in Saas Bahu and Flamingo, Radhika as Shanta brought a natural swag along with passion and hard-core action. Living life like a queen, Radhika challenges gender stereotypes to play a truly bindaas character.

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