Five movies where heroines stole the show from the heroes – Women on top
(Left to right) Bhumi Pednekar, Kangana Ranaut, Anushka Sharma, Saba Qamar and Anushka Shetty
2017 has been a good year for the B-Town girls. They are getting meatier parts and better dialogues with more scope to perform and are not just eye-candy. And we are not talking about female-oriented movies like Naam Shabana or Kahaani 2. We take a look at five movies, where the leading actress gave their popular male superstars a tough competition.
Bhumi Pednekar in Toile Ek Prem Katha
She is just two movies old, but Bhumi Pednekar has proven that, when it comes to talent, she can compete with the best. While she easily scored over Ayushmann Khurrana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha she is wonderful as the headstrong BCA topper who won’t sacrifice her modesty for her love. Her dialect is near-perfect, and she even gives her male co-star, Akshay Kumar tough competition in the histrionics department.
Kangana Ranaut in Rangoon
In the underwhelming Vishal Bhardwaj movie, there are two heroes in Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor. But it is Kangana or rather her performance, that is easily the movie’s biggest strength. She is believable as both the vulnerable lover in the initial portions of the movie, as well as the rebellious Hunterwaali towards the end.
Anushka Sharma in Jab Harry Met Sejal
As the talkative Gujarati girl, who is confused about her outlook, Anushka Sharma was a bright ray of sunshine in this niche romantic drama. Her accent is more or less unwavering and there are scenes where Shah Rukh Khan takes a backseat and lets her own the show, especially in the first half.
Saba Qamar in Hindi Medium
It’s not that Saba Qamar stole the show from the fantastic Irrfan Khan. But she manages to complement Irrfan’s performance with a terrific display of acting and their jodi also looked great. Too bad that we won’t see her in a Bollywood movie anytime soon, as she was the only Pakistani actress who made a proper impact in a Bollywood movie.
Anushka Shetty in Baahubali 2
Prabhas was fab, no doubt, but it was Anushka Shetty who stole the show as well as our hearts, playing the fierce princess, Devasena. After having been stuck in a grey wig during most of the portions in the first part, Anushka Shetty came to her own in the sequel and never let down her director, SS Rajamouli.