By Hindustan Times
Even though 100 crore-earning, hero-centric films dominated the calendar, heroines too made a mark by taking on lead roles in many interesting films. The likes of Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Bipasha Basu, Vidya Balan and Sridevi chose offbeat roles to battle it out with their male
counterparts at the box office.
The year began with Vidya's Kahaani. The actress, who had already delivered a success with The Dirty Picture last year, broke many stereotypes with the thriller.
The film explored themes of feminism and motherhood in a male-dominated Indian society. It had a seven-month pregnant heroine in the lead without any recognisable stars but managed to earn critical acclaim as well as audience's love.
Word-of-mouth publicity and good critical response paved the way for the film's commercia