It's a great time for women in Hindi cinema, as author-backed roles and big budgets are now being allotted to Bollywood's leading ladies owing to their powerful performances and immense popularity. Interestingly, the female stars are at the frontline – Namely, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon. While Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt have been at the top for a while, new entrant Kriti Sanon holds the third spot, courtesy her winning streak at the box office and an interesting kitty of films. All 3 stars are headlining ambitious projects that speak volumes for their bankability.
While Deepika has signed Draupadi, Nag Ashwin's Pan-Indian next with Prabhas, The Intern remake (with Amitabh Bachchan), Pathaan with Shahrukh, Shakun Batra's next and Fighter with Hrithik Roshan, Alia Bhatt's repertoire includes Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR (Pan-India), Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, Brahmastra with Ranbir and Red Chillies’ Darlings.
Coming to Kriti Sanon, whose brains match her beauty, explains the smart career choices she’s made this far from her debut, Heropanti to films like Bareilly Ki Barfi and Luka Chuppi. The hits made her a household name and with just 7 years in the industry, the actress already finds herself among the top most league of stars despite being an outsider with no film connections.
Kriti has signed 7 big banner films with the industry’s leading names including ‘Bachchan Pandey’ with Akshay Kumar, ‘Mimi’ as a solo lead, ‘Bhediya’ with Varun Dhawan, ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’ with Rajkummar Rao, the action film ‘Ganpath’ with Tiger Shroff, the pan-Indian film ‘Adipurush’ starring Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan, which is also one of the most expensive films to be made by the country and another big-ticket project which is still in the pipeline.
Analyzing the dynamics, comments a trade source, “Going by the sheer math, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon seem to be right up there in the list of female actors. Not only are they all part of the most anticipated projects, but are also headlining several films themselves. This shift in dynamics is empowering in many ways because it reiterates that female actors can hold their own and bring in the big numbers.”
Adding that, “Kriti Sanon has proved to be this dark horse who quietly made her way to the top courtesy her talent. In her seventh year she has seven films lined up, not to mention her previous string of hits which make her the top contender for most films."
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