Not all Bollywood movies are about a scantily clad woman dancing around trees and desperately angling for the hero’s love. There are some movies with such thoughtfully written characters, they not only entertain you, but also inspire you to be better. Check out the list here:
1. No One Killed Jessica
Based on the horrific murder of a bartender called Jessica Lal in Delhi, No One Killed Jessica revlves around two women, played by Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan. While the film does showcase everything about how women stand together no matter what, it also shows how women change based on their circumstances. Vidya Balan plays the role of a fierce journalist trying to right a wrong by avenging her sister’s death. The message at the end of the film? If you really want to achieve something, your gender shouldn’t stop you from doing so.
2. Mother India
Mother India was the first movie of its kind to showcase women in all their glory. At a time when Bollywood wasn’t interested in showing off a woman’s strength, this movie did just that, especially when it comes to protecting her children. Creating a phenomenon the movie it released, Mother India was also one of the first Bollywood movies in 1977 to make it to the Oscars.
The year 1977 was one for great cinema and for stories centered around the lives of women. Telling the tale of a Marathi actress, this film is a collaboration of multiple problems faced by the actress during her career. In the 20th century, this movie was an eye opener and a true testament to the struggles an actress faces in order to be recognised for her craft and not gender. Not surprisingly, we aren’t the only ones who thought so because Bhumika won not one, but two National Awards when it released!
Despite being from the 21st century, some of our traditions and values are still from the 19th century. We refuse to believe women can make their own choices and if they are mistreated, they shouldn’t change their opinion because society asks them to. In Queen, Kangana Ranaut as Rani saw us wanting for more. From the moment she went on her honeymoon alone to the moment she told her fiance she didn’t want to get married after all, this movie was a story of liberation all the way through. It left us feeling liberated from years of pressure and societal obligations, making us realise that if we really want to, we can give women all the power they need to live life on their own terms.
What makes this movie stand out so much is, not only did Anushka Sharma produce this film, she also starred in it and wrote the script. On a path to revenge, Anushka Sharma’s character fought and killed the family of the man who murdered her husband. Showing how far a woman when it comes to avenging what went wrong, this movie is an ode to the strength and willpower of women.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas Set To Join Matrix 4
Priyanka Chopra Jonas established herself as a credible actress in Bollywood and is also steadily signing Hollywood films as well. The actress already appeared in Baywatch, A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic?
Priyanka Chopra Jonas last appeared in the Bollywood movie The Sky Is Pink, which was a hit and earned positive reviews from critics. The actress will now reportedly join The Matrix franchise and will have a major role in The Matrix 4. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who already starred in the previous three installments, will also be a part of The Matrix 4.
The Matrix franchise is a series of movies created and directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. The series is about a world created by machines (viruses) which imprison mankind in virtual reality (The Matrix,) so they can be farmed as power sources. The franchise earned widespread acclaim owing to its storyline, characters and VFX.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is also set to star in the television show Citadel opposite Richard Madden. Priyanka Chopra Jonas also recently completed shooting for Netflix’s The White Tiger, in which she will be seen alongside Rajkummar Rao.
On the other hand, The Matrix 4 is set to be released in 2021.
Dia Mirza Breaks Down At Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival which takes place in Jaipur. It is said to be the world’s largest free literary festival. Every year, eminent personalities attend the festival to speak about current affairs and political trends.
Actress Dia Mirza attended the event this year and was speaking about climate change. However, the actress broke down into tears in the middle of her speech. Upon being asked the reason for the tears, Dia Mirza said she was affected by the tragic demise of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash.
The actress delivered a message about the importance of being empathetic and said, “Don’t hold back from being an empath. Don’t be afraid of shedding your tears. Feel it, feel the full extent of everything. It’s good. It gives us strength. It does. And this is not a performance.”
When offered a tissue to wipe her tears, the actress refused by saying, “I don’t need paper.” This particular statement attracted trolls on Twitter, which compared her to a desi version of Greta Thunberg and pointed at how the actress did not mind attending the event in a petrol vehicle but refused tissues.
#WATCH Actor Dia Mirza breaks down while speaking at the ‘climate emergency’ session during Jaipur Literature Festival; she says, “Don’t hold back from being an empath”. (27.1.20) pic.twitter.com/fyAgH3giL9
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2020
This edition of Jaipur Literature Festival had Faye D’Souza, Javed Akhtar, Lisa Ray and Manish Malhotra, to name a few, as speakers.
Deepika Padukone Features In Louis Vuitton Pre Fall 2020 Campaign
Louis Vuitton is a brand which is flaunted by the wealthiest individuals on the planet. Wearing Louis Vuitton apparel is a style statement. It is an easily recognizable brand, thanks to its iconic initials ‘LV.’
The brand recently released its pre fall 2020 campaign and Deepika Padukone features in it. She stars alongside the likes of Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner and American Horror Story star Emma Roberts.
This makes Deepika Padukone the first Bollywood star to feature in a global campaign by the iconic clothing brand and gives Deepika another unique accomplishment in her career. The Bollywood star took to her Twitter to share the news with everyone.
I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Louis Vuitton family!To be a part of Nicholas Ghesquière’s vision for the world’s most iconic brand is not only exciting but also very humbling!
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 23, 2020
The actress recently received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum held in Davos for her contributions towards mental health awareness. She recently starred in the movie Chhapaak. Deepika Padukone will next star as Romila Devi, the wife of Indian cricketing legend Kapil Dev, in the movie ’83.
Deepika Padukone Speaks About Addressing Mental Health Issues At World Economic Forum
Deepika Padukone is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood right now, but the outspoken actress did not have an easy journey to the top. Deepika battled severe depression over the years and broke the silence about it after years when she finally overcame it. She was very vocal about the support of her colleague and husband Ranveer Singh in helping her overcome her depression.
Deepika Padukone also started The Live Love Laugh Foundation to help people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. The actress once again spoke about the issue at the World Economic Forum (WEF,) which was held at Davos. WEF is “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”
The actress stressed on the importance of addressing mental health issues while building a more sustainable and inclusive world.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 20, 2020
Thank You @DrTedros for your warmth and generosity and we look to working together in our efforts to de-stigmatise mental illness and creating awareness regarding mental health.@TLLLFoundation @WHO https://t.co/hxxQlWAVPo
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 21, 2020
Deepika Padukone recently acted in a film, Chhapaak, which is about an acid attack survivor and how she rebuilds her life and eventually finds love. The movie is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas Stars In New Jonas Brothers Song What A Man Gotta Do
The Jonas Brothers recently released a video of their new single What A Man Gotta Do, which recreates iconic scenes from the movies Say Anything, Grease and Risky Business. The video also stars the wives of the Jonas brothers, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra recreate the Tom Cruise classic Risky Business scene where he slides on the floor and sings into a trophy. Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas recreate the boombox scene from Say Anything and Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner recreate the dance off scene from Grease.
Priyanka Chopra announced the release of the video on her Twitter handle after releasing a teaser.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 16, 2020
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 17, 2020
The video also features bloopers from the making of the song and behind the scenes shots of the song.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas recently finalised to star in the Russo Brothers’ international spy series Citadel, alongside Bodyguard and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.
Cannot wait to work with the talented @_richardmadden and incredible @Russo_Brothers on CITADEL… A multi-layered global franchise with interconnected local language productions from India, Italy and Mexico. It will truly be global content. More soon. @AmazonStudios @AGBOfilms pic.twitter.com/o4ADVX1QTw
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 14, 2020
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