By Hindustan Times
With women-centric films like Kareena Kapoor's Heroine, Rani Mukherjee's "Aiyyaa" and Sridevi's comeback English Vinglish set to take centrestage in the coming months in Bollywood, heroines are ready to battle it out at the box office. The year began with Vidya Balan's 'Kahaani'. The actress, who had already challenged the male dominion at the box office last year with her superhit "The Dirty Picture", broke many stereotypes with the thriller.The film had a seven-month pregnant heroine without any recognisable stars apart from Balan but managed to earn critical acclaim as well as audience's love.
Bipasha Basu, whose past few films failed to find audience, delivered a hit with horror 'Raaz 3' with her portrayal of a fading superstar obssessed with her career. The Bong beauty, who recognises that Bollywood is male dominated, is happy that there is a small opening for female centric roles nowadays. "Bollywood is very hero centric because they pull in crowd. However, there is a small opening for actresses too and I am happy to be a part of it. People want to have women as protagonists and these are not feminist films. These are interesting stories told where heroines can have substantial roles," Bipasha said.
Even Kareena Kapoor, who is largely seen playing the glam doll in hero-centric films, will be seen carrying Madhur Bhandarkar's next "Heroine" on her shoulders. Releasing on September 21, the film again is about a declining superstar. "I am happy that 'Heroine' has turned out to be my bravest role. Not many actresses would dare to play the role of a declining superstar," Kareena said.
Contemporary stars Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee, who were written off by film pundits after being absent from the big screens, are gearing up to reinstate their position in Bollywood with "Ishkq In Paris" and "Aiyyaa" this October.