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5 women-centric roles that died (thankfully)

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5 women-centric roles that died (thankfully)
Heroine
While we unveil the poster of 'Heroine', Madhur-explain-it-all-Bhandarkar's version of a women-centric film, a little mulling over the genre seemed appropriate. Everyone knows that post Vidya Balan's thumkas in 'The Dirty Picture', the genre got a new lease of life or as Konkona Sen Sharma put it, in all her pseudo Bengali intellectuality, "Vidya has reclaimed women-centric films." And now everyone wants to get their blousefull with a meaty role in a film that revolves and rotates around them. Point of fact: September 2012 has 4 such big releases. Bipasha's 'Raaz 3', Kareena's 'Heroine', Preity's 'Ishq in Paris'and Sridevi's 'English Vinglish'. And Deepika Padukone who hasn't managed to get one, has sent out a mass mailer saying that she would only accept women-centric films, following her 'Cocktail' hangover. So while our B-town babes get their paws wet for this super desirable screen avatar, let's draw some historical perspective to such roles.
In Hindi cinema, most films driven by a female lead were always dreary and moralistic and usually restricted to the following scenarios: women getting raped, abused by in-laws, sold to the brothel by their husbands or superficially extended an illusion of empowerment by making the fairer sex pick up a weapon or a spatula to knock out their aggressor. In all, the idea was simple: pity the woman for, well, being one. So the very mention of a women-centric film would mean that it would center around her woes and empathizing over her dukhda would make you an obedient audience. Doesn't spell 'entertainment' thrice? Or even once? This is exactly why such films dug their own grave, allowing women to do more than be used, abused and recycled for the next cry-a-thon. Being a tad sadistic, we compile a list of strong female iconic roles that don't exist anymore (thankfully).

Rakh-hell-ed or prostituted by a loved one
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Hindi cinema has always stretched the boundaries to make you feel every emotion at an orgasmic-proportion. So if a newly-wed bahu has to be sold to the brothel, it would be only more shocking, more painful and more sob-worthy if this ignoble task was executed by a loved one or by someone you least expect. The above video from 'Dulhan Banu Mein Teri' is a good example of this and how Deepti Bhatnagar is almost fleeced off her bovine innocence by a wolf who doesn't need to count any sheep.

Smack that
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'Actions speak louder than words' is a clichéd saying that couldn't be truer than in the case of delicate darlings who're suddenly charged to bash up those who try to exploit them. Nothing sticks it to the baddie, like a kangan-clad damsel who drowns her distress by drumming up a molester with a stick. Don't agree? Why don't you watch the above video and decide for yourself?

Mistress in distress
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'Bachaaaaao!' and similar cries fill up the dialogue sheet for actresses who love being tied up as their knight in shining chaddies comes to the rescue and bashes up her abductor. Such roles weren't very challenging and required one to appear convincingly hassled, teary-eyed and worthy of audience's sympathy. A noisy observer, this one. In the above scene from 'Fifty-Fifty', Tina Munim shows us how to cream the screams.

Running out of saas
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Be it Rekha turning the tables for Bindu in 'Biwi Ho Toh Aisi' or Reena Roy making Lalita Pawar powerless in 'Sau Din Saas Ke', the saas has always been nasty and the bahu has always had to set her right. This quintessentially Bollywood prophesy has dissolved into thin air and a mother-in-law combined with a daughter-in-law don't make a lethal combination anymore. Miss a good ol' saas-bahu fist fight? Check out the above video or Youtube for some episodes of 'Tu Tu Main Main'. Cat fight!

Women who donate their love

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Today, we might have heroes who do it more often but there was a time when women would like to expose their large heart by letting their love live happily ever after another women. Why? Because she loves him too and he will be a happier man with her.  Contrary to being sour and grumpy with the actress in question? Some classic examples would be Amrita Singh who leads Jackie Shroff into Juhi's arms in 'Aaina', Urmila who returns Sridevi's husband in 'Judaai' and the more dramatic and exceptionally sappy Zeba who lets Ashwini Bhave have her husband (who had floated down the stream to her) back in 'Henna'. We have the entire movie for you to suffer in case you have the heart for it. Just click on the video above for a not-so-khushrang time.

Heroine-centric roles that rocked in recent times

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Having listed the women-centric films that hard-boiled our nerves, here are some iconic female leads that were a delight to watch and can't be replicated by today's Priyanka Chopras and Neha Dhupias:
Mili
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Guddi
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Roop Ki Raani Choron Ka Raja
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