With the emergence of more women-centric films in Bollywood than ever before, there has been a whole array of complex women characters who aren’t just badass, but totally relatable too.
So we decided to list down and rank some of those badass women who inspired the womenfolk this year, so as to never let them quietly slip through the alleys of history.
Rani Lakshmi Bai (Manikarnika, played by Kangana Ranaut)
Come on! The bravest female warrior in Indian history? Played by none other than outspoken and real Kangana Ranaut? This character had to be on top of this list.
Rani Lakshmi Bai had single-handedly mobilized an army of soldiers, including women, slain a tiger, fought on horseback with her own toddler son on her back. Besides, it isn’t just the character we love; it is the just portrayal of her by Kangana Ranaut, the fierce actor, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
Her bloody face screaming ‘Har Har Mahadev’ would have been enough to make this the top ranker.
Shivani Shivaji Roy (Mardaani 2, played by Rani Mukherjee)
We love the badass cop Shivani Shivaji Roy, and her genuine approach to this character. She has the grit, the drive and the guts to take down an insane boy sex criminal.
Indumati Tomar (Sonchiriya, played by Bhumi Pednekar)
An underrated cinematic masterpiece, Sonchiriya gave us some really badass and memorable characters like Lakkha, Dadda, Vakil, Gujjar, etc.
But the most refreshing role was that of Indumati Tomar because she taught us that inner strength is not subject to place or background.
In Sonchiriya, Indumati is a rural woman on the run from her family with her sister after her sister has been raped by her father-in-law. Her strength and courage leads her to go against her entire community, even her own son.
Latika Trivedi (Bala, played by Bhumi Pednekar)
This is one character that millions of women in India relate to, as well as draw inspiration from. She may be discriminated by her skin color all her life, but she never loses her inner strength. Latika Trivedi, played by Bhumi Pednekar, has taught us to not only keep fighting for our beliefs, but most importantly inspire others to do the same.
Tara Shinde, (Mission Mangal, played by Vidya balan)
If there were a list of strongest and cutest female characters, Tara Shinde would have been at the top of it. Could there be a more adorable character, who reminded us of the school science teacher who genuinely loved teaching?
In mission Mangal, Tara redeems herself from her own past professional mistake, shows loyalty towards a colleague she genuinely admired (Rakesh Dhawan, played by Akshay Kumar), masterminds the ‘less fuel’ idea, motivates her team, works tirelessly day and night, serves her family, educates her son….and never lets go of her faith in a higher power.