The history of Bollywood stretches as far back as film industries of the rest of the world - the first feature film was produced in 1913, and the first talkie in 1931. And today, our most loved Bollywood industry completes 100 years of successful journey. Our Hindi film industry has been a reflection of the socio-economic, political and cultural changes that took place in the country, and the name Bollywood itself defines art, talent and vision which today has reached nooks and corners globally.
Over the years, we have witnessed the industry giving birth to artists, legends, superstars. The Indian film industry has always produced male-oriented films barring a few exceptions. But, gone are those days, when female actresses did nothing, except playing arm-candies to male actors onscreen. However, there were some female leads that always took the industry by storm by their great performance and stood high despite all odds. Breaking this stereotyped notion, Bollywood babes today play more crucial and meatier roles onscreen.
Bollywood actresses like Nargis, Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi, Madhuri Dixit, Vidya Balan have changed perceptions and ruled cinema in their own way. The nation witnessed these female stars, not simply playing to the tunes of the patriarchal society but standing their own ground, where women were not subjected to torture.
Check out the Bollywood actresses who changed the face of Bollywood and made a niche for themselves in the industry.