In this patriarchy society, seeing a woman ruling always makes us excited. Over the years, they have been portrayed as weak, vulnerable and dependent woman onscreen, however, nowadays the definition of feminism has developed. Women-centric films have become a popular trope with filmmakers and having said that, the audience no longer wants to see women either fading into the background, waiting to be rescued, or coming into the limelight only for an item number. Be it Bollywood or Telly world, some filmmakers feel that women are more than a damsel in distress.
Nevertheless, we are here to talk about women in the Telly world. Gone are the days when Indian television shows featured the female lead as the scared, timid daughter-in-law whose only job was to look after the house and take care of her family. But stars like Rubina Dilaik, Ekta Kapoor, Jennifer Winget, Smriti Irani, Rupali Ganguly have shown that they are more than meets the eye, be it onscreen or offscreen. They are stalwart and headstrong.
Rubina Dilaik: The actor played a transgender in Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki. She brought their existence in the limelight, she was showed to be a weak woman but after knowing her own truth, she evolved herself and rose above all odds. Rubina is also the winner of Bigg Boss 14 where she displayed her boss lady charisma.
Ekta Kapoor: The Producer is one of the most successful Indian women entrepreneurs - the reigning queen of Indian Television who has more than 100 serials, many movies and reality shows under her belt. If there were ever a discussion about powerful women of the Hindi Television arena, then this woman’s name would definitely be on top of the lists!
Jennifer Winget: You may recall her as Ridhima from Dill Mill Gaye or Sneha Bajaj from Kasautii Zindagi Kay. But if she can be soft and innocent, then she can be fierce, bold and strong-minded also and that’s what she showed us by essaying the role of Maya in Beyhadh and Monica Mehra in Code M or even Kumud Desai in Saraswatichandra.
Smriti Irani: The actor showed us an example of being a good wife (onscreen in Kyuki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) and a strong leader (offscreen as Minister in the Union Cabinet of India). As Tulsi, Smriti Irani showed us two sides of a woman - soft and sensitive as a housewife and daughter-in-law while the other one sharp and dependent who will not think twice to make a decision.
Rupali Ganguly: Have you seen her show, Anupamaa? The makers have shown a mind-blowing progression of a woman who always puts her husband, family first and their happiness first. She was a woman who has no desire of her own and only lived for others. But she chose to shed that yellow nature and how!
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