While there’s no debating that a movie’s foremost objective should be to entertain a large audience, there’s also no harm if a film manages to slip in a social cause while doing so, especially if the message is delivered in an enlightening, non-preachy way. To this effect, some of our filmmakers have really stood out, especially over the past few years, for having presented important social issues through entertaining, family-friendly films, so that the message influenced the maximum possible numbers.
However, the message have had half the impact were it not for the actors who enacted their roles with conviction and belief in these topical films. Today, let’s looks at some of Hindi cinema’s accomplished female performers who’ve championed pertinent social causes on screen:
1.) Taapse Pannu in Pink
Taapsee has always displayed a penchant for pulling off strong female characters in films that highlight crucial issues plaguing our society. Pink brought to light the real importance of consent, and Taapsee’s portrayal of a molestation victim, who stands her ground despite severe backlash from a patriarchal society and legal system, and faces her perpetrator head on, was lauded by all.
2.) Swara Bhasker in Nil Battey Sannata
Swara has always been someone who speaks her mind, sometimes even at the cost of putting her foot in her mouth. Her character of a mother who enrolls to study in her daughter’s school though was one of her more-relevant stances on social issues, and the film as well as her performance struck all the right chords with the audience.
3.) Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi
Everyone’s current favorite, Alia Bhatt, once again portrayed her natural ability to bring out the true essence of her character when she played a mental health victim in Dear Zindagi – a film imperative in today’s time to help abolish the stigma seeking psychological help.
4.) Bhumi Pednekar in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Immediately after her acclaimed debut, Bhumi took on another risky role of an educated villager who goes all out to convince her husband, father-in-law, and all her neighbors of the importance of proper sanitation at home, and boy has she left her mark, in spite of taking on characters that are poles apart from conventional glamorous roles that new actresses are usually associated with.
5.) Richa Chadha in Love Sonia
Richa is one actor who never shoes away from supporting social causes both on and off screen. After, wooing one and all in a topical film like Masaan, Richa will again attempt to highlight a burning social issue by playing a brothel owner in Tabrez Noorani's Love Sonia, which supposedly unmasks the ugly world of the global sex trade.
So, which of these actresses’ socially relevant character is your favorite?