Here are the women who proved to be the heroes rather than the heroines…
Bollywood or the Hindi film industry pride on its league of extraordinary heroes. They have the potential to spin a magic on the audience and pull the crowds to the theatre. These are the men who can do anything you want. Heroines in such films are mere glossy, glamorous addition to a masala film. But not anymore! A few of today’s actresses are far from being just pretty faces in a film. They are not the heroines but the heroes. In last couple of years, many actresses have proved that based on good content and conviction, they can also bring in the numbers which till recently was men’s domain. Let us tell you who these heroines turned into heroes…
Film: Mary Kom
Opening Weekend: 30.6 cr
Mary Kom which released last year was the story of five times World Amateur Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medal winner’s life, struggle and the vigour to make India proud at the international ring. Priyanka lived the role rather than portraying it and the results are for all to see. The film didn’t have the quintessential dollops of Bollywood masala like romance or a hero bashing up 20 goons or chest thumping dialogues. It just chronicled Kom’s struggles and her drive to achieve what she wants. Resultant? The film earned a whopping Rs 104 crore (gross) worldwide.
Film: Tanu Weds Manu, Queen
Opening Weekend: 11.2 cr (TWM), 9.55 cr (Queen)
Kangana Ranaut was perhaps the most stereotyped actress of Bollywood eversince she debuted with Gangster. The drunk, depressed and grim roles that came her way clouded her real potential until Tanu Weds Manu happened in 2011. The wild un-ladylike character that she portrayed in the film won her great appreciation and a new image. For a film riding completely on Kangana, the first-weekend figures were more than just impressive. Made at a budget of 18 crore, it fetched 11 crore in the first weekend and even earned surplus for everyone involved in the second week itself. Nobody expected a female-centric film to get such a response at the box office, royally governed by the heroes of this world!
Opening Weekend: 25.22 crore
Deepika Padukone‘s supremacy over the box office began with Cocktail and shot off with Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela -Ram Leela. But Piku was a different ball game altogether. In all other films, the films has the heavy and towering presence of a hero who shared the limelight equally. Piku was a film riding completely on her shoulders and she did her job quite well. The film which was supposed to earn only 15 crore in its first weekend owing to slightly slow start on its opening day, went on to pocket 25.22 crore!
Opening Weekend: 13.30 crore
Anushka Sharma is easily the bravest actress in present times. At this young age, she decided to take a plunge into production and made it work! NH10 did wonders at the box office. A film which is made at a budget of 13 crore, earned good money for its producers, with the first weekend registering 13.30 crore. NH10 was her film completely. It perhaps has the strongest woman portrayal ever in a film which is more real than fictional. Expecting an Anushka to give your money’s worth was hard to believe till then!
Since this industry runs on figures, these women have proved if they want, they can be as strong at the box office as their male counterparts.