2015 : The year of heroines in Bollywood

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015,13:23 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Be it Deepika Padukone’s role as independent but hassled daughter in Piku or Kangana Ranaut’s double avatar as Tanu and Datto in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, 2015 saw actresses finally win the box office battle and question the gender pay disparity in Bollywood. Deepika had a third successful year in a row.

The actress, who was once considered just a pretty face, took the lead in Piku with megastar Amitabh Bachchan playing her cantankerous father and Irrfan Khan also in a key role. The movie had an exceptionally good run at the box office while her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s Roy and Bombay Velvet bombed. She did not have a big role in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha but it was enough for critics to applaud her performance.

It is yet to be seen whether she makes a hat-trick at the box office with her period drama Bajirao Mastani, which is pitted against Dilwale, fronted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who launched her in Om Shanti Om and worked with the actress again in Chennai Express and Happy New Year.

Deepika is the only woman to break into the top-10 list of Forbes India’s highest earning celebrities, which was dominated by male stars. It has been an eventful year for Deepika, who went public about her fight with depression and starred in a woman empowerment video. She has also been vocal about the pay disparity, calling it unfair.

She is now all set to make her Hollywood debut opposite Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel. Another actress, who has challenged the established order of things in Bollywood, is Kangana. Her candid and devil-may- care attitude may not have earned her many friends but Kangana has come a long way to be counted among the best actresses that Bollywood has today.

Kangana’s road to stardom has not been easy and in recent times she has called out the industry for its harsh attitude towards women. When I was struggling people treated me so badly. What happens is that a heroine is always dependent on the producer or the hero. So no one thought, ‘What if someone becomes Kangana Ranaut and then she will never work with me as producer or actor’. T

hey should have some shame before they treat women badly. They assume ‘kya karegi’. She is just a girl’, Kangana had said in an interview to . The actress, who won her career’s second National award this year, is also not happy with the existing pay gap between male and female stars.