Bollywood actresses are known for their glamorous avatars on screen but every now and then they shed their glam image to play somber characters. Years ago Hema Malini was one of the first actress to have portrayed a tomboy character in Seeta Aur Geeta.
Her iconic character is so famous that even today when an actress is doing such a role, she is often compared to the yesteryear beauty. In fact, the Bollywood actresses take inspiration from that movie when ever they are offered such roles. A heroine's role in a movie is just limited to provide a glam element to the movie and very rarely do they contribute to the plot. The male actors have held the center-stage and heroines have been standoffish.
Over the years these heroines have had the chance to play tomboyish characters which is quite a challenge for these beautiful women. These characters have had an edge to it which has been delivered with finesse and elan by these actresses. Kajol's memorable role as tomboy Anjali is remembered even today. In fact Farah Khan and Boman Irani even did a little spoof on it in their movie Shirin Farad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.
Let us take a look at those memorable tomboyish characters...
Roles such as in the films "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan", "Namaste London", "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" and "Blue" have all portrayed her as a tomboy. She has been cheerful, effervescent and has had a sparkling screen presence in the films.
Kangana portrayed the lively and free spirited Tanuja of "Tanu Weds Manu" effortlessly. She gave a brilliant performance in the garb of an UP girl. Her role in Revolver Rani too was that of tomboy, she was extrovert, disobedient and unmanageable. She remained swigged and also swore.
Genelia's carefree and effervescent personality has always shown through off-screen. On-screen too the first time she played a feisty character was "Masti". But "Janne Tu Ya Jaane Na" tops the list. In this film she played the role of a brat with absolute magnetism. She fights for her friend in her college campus; she gets into a tussle with her younger brother and she does it all with charm. She was lovable and endearing in the film and this sealed her position at the top-spot of all tomboy characters ever played.
Amrita has a petite structure that makes her for a bad choice for the role of a tomboy. But she surprised everybody when she delivered a noteworthy performance in the film "Main Hoon Na". She played the role of Sanjana believably and was highly appreciated for her efforts in the film.
Preity has the image of a tomboy from the time she entered Bollywood. The ‘Liril' advertisement that first brought her to notice too portrayed her as carefree. The films that followed like "Salaam Namaste" and "Har Dil Jo Pyar Karenga" portrayed her at her effervescent best. In the films that she has worked in, she has come across as strong-nerved and light-hearted.
One actress who made those overalls exceedingly fashionable was Kajol. In the first half of the film-"Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" that was all that she wore, bidding adieu to short dresses. She sported short hair and a minimal make-up look. What she can take credit for is her performance. From the way she spoke, to her body language everything was perfectly that of a tomboy. She imbibed the finer nuances of a tomboy and gave a perfect performance.
The film that will always remain an all-time favourite among Hema's fans is "Sita Aur Gita". In this film she portrayed twin roles- that of a submissive character and the other a full-blooded twin. She portrayed the role convincingly and gave a performance worth remembering.