They have broken the glass ceiling, challenged the male bastion and verily changed the rules of engagement forever… making the way easy and smooth for those who’ll come after them.
Aishwarya has always been known for her ethereal beauty. She didn’t go in for a quick fix solution to get back in shape after childbirth but let nature take its due course. And being a mother didn’t stop her for playing an ever so risqué role in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Priyanka Chopra went where no Indian leading lady had gone before. Through sheer grit and determination she managed to become a household name in America, thanks to being cast in the prime time TV thriller Quantico. Vidya Balan didn’t care about being plus sized and seized the day with performances, which have become the benchmark for acting in Hindi cinema. It’s to her credit that she has become an idol for both women and men. Anushka Sharma was a rank outsider, who is slowly becoming an established producer. She hasn’t stopped acting but makes sure her roles are as well-written as that of her male co-star’s.
It’s not that women didn’t wield influence before in the industry. Fearless Nadia or Devika Rani are obvious examples and so is Lata Mangeshkar. But somehow, that has always