The Decline of the Bollywood Heroine

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By Kouser Fathima

Bollywood heroines have always been synonyms with grace, beauty, and talent but sadly now the role of heroine is reduced to that of song and dance appearances. In spite of all the talk of female empowerment, very few heroine-centric movies are made. The role of Bollywood heroine has regressed.

Although the first Indian movie, Raja Harishchandra, had a male actor essaying the role of the female protagonist, the coming years saw the emergence of many talented heroines.  Although movies like Kagaz Ke Phool, Anari, Sangam, Jewel Thief, and Khilona had a strong male lead, the heroines had important roles in the movies. With time and due to the adaptation of various classics into movies, the role of heroine became longer and more nuanced. In the adaptation of Devdas, both the female protagonists, Paro and Chandramukhi, had complex roles, beautifully performed by Suchitra Sen and…

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