REPORT CARD: Do Female-Centric Action Films Work At The Box-Office?

When an actress performs daredevil stunt, the audience sits up and takes notice. But does this always result in big moolah? Let's find out

Sonakshi Sinha went all guns blazing with her action thriller Akira last week. The AR Murugadoss-directed film was a remake of the Tamil hit Mouna Guru (2011). Sadly though for Sona, Akira didn’t live up to expectations. The box-office collections speak for themselves. In 5 days, Akira has managed to earn just about Rs 22.45 crore.

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Many people are writing the film off stating that a female-centric action film hasn’t ever worked in Bollywood. Reason: Fans don’t like to see heroines kicking butts. Which probably explains why there have been quite a few female-centric action films tanked at the box-office. However, there have also been some examples of movies that that set the cash registers ringing. Take a look at some action films, which had a woman at the centre of it all.

Anushka Sharma (NH 10, 2015)

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Anushka was known for playing the bubbly girl-next-door roles. However, with this gritty thriller, she broke the mould. The Navdeep Singh-directed movie received immense critical appreciation and even managed to rock the box-office.

Rani Mukerji (Mardaani, 2014)

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The name of the movie itself suggested that it was going to be a dhamakedaar action-packed film. Rani shone in her role of a tough-as-nails cop. Many actresses have played police officers in the past, but none of them did such high-flying action stunts like Rani did in this Pradeep Sarkar directorial.

Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom, 2014)

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A biopic on Olympic bronze medallist and World Amateur Boxing Champion MC Mary Kom saw Priyanka take action to an entirely different level. PeeCee wasn’t a trained boxer, but she managed to look convincing as a pugilist. The film raked in big money at the box-office.

Priyanka Chopra (Jai Gangaajal, 2016)

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While Mary Kom was a hit, Priyanka didn’t have the same luck with Jai GangaaJal. The actress kicked some serious butt as the gritty small town Assistant Commissioner of Police in this sequel to Ajay Devgn’s GangaaJal (2003). However, the film wasn’t received well by the masses and it sank without a trace.

Ritika Singh (Saala Khadoos, 2016)

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Real-life MMA champion Ritika Singh was roped in to play the lead role of a pugilist opposite R Madhavan in Saala Khadoos. Both Madhavan and producer Rajkumar Hirani had high expectations from the film and promoted it on a wide scale. However, the film tanked at the box-office. Raju Hirani was quite upset over the cold response that the film got.

Kangana Ranaut (Revolver Rani, 2014)

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Kangana was riding high after the super success of Queen (2014). However, her Revolver Rani didn’t meet with the same fate. As the small-town goon, she did complete justice to her character in this crime drama. But the film found no takers in the audience.

Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla (Gulaab Gang, 2014)

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Not one but two powerful performances by Madhuri and Juhi couldn’t salvage this film. Madhuri was seen doing some high-octane action stunts, but that too wasn’t enough for this real-life inspired action drama to get the audience into the theatres.

Sushmita Sen (Samay, 2003)

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This movie was said to be way ahead of its time. Sushmita did a brilliant job in her role of a cop investigating a series of murders. Sush even pulled off some thrilling stunts, solid punches and round-kicks. Unfortunately, the movie turned out to be a cold turkey.

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