National Girl Child Day: From Mulk To Astitva, Fictional Female Characters Whose Inspiring Story Caused A Stir In Our Real-Life

From carrying sugar-coated traits to being spicy and gutsy, the female protagonists no longer wait for a random guy to save the day, they are saving themselves and their worlds too.

ZEE5 Web Desk

January 22, 2021


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Cinema has evolved and so is the representation of characters. Challenging stereotypes, filmmakers are now keen on delivering quality-oriented content with relatable characters. And the evolution of women and their representation in cinema is one of the major aspects we have witnessed in the last few years. The new styles of storytelling got the female characters into the spotlight, making them express a complex set of emotions while simultaneously adding a sense of realism.

From carrying sugar-coated traits to being spicy and gutsy, the female protagonists no longer wait for a random guy to save the day. They are saving themselves and their worlds too. Inspired by real events or just a part of creative fiction, their life stories are filled with adventures and act as an inspiration to many of us.

And there’s no better time to thank these cinematic personas than on the occasion of National Girl Child Day. So, here’s taking a look at some of the fictional female characters whose inspiring story caused a stir in our real life.

Aarti from Mulk

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Anubhav Sinha’s perfect and rational stance on Islamophobia made Mulk one of the finest films of the decade. Establishing communal harmony in the beginning and then twisting the narrative with the on-going politics, Sinha makes a ground-breaking statement. Taapsee Pannu’s character Aarti Mohammed resembles the ‘change needed’ within the mindset of people.

Playing a defense lawyer, Taapsee’s character Aarti is the hero of Mulk, ranging upwards from a mere observer to the saviour of the family. The immense strength Aarti carries tackling the phobia created for political benefits, turns out to be an inspiring story, making her one of our favourite characters.

Aditi from Astitva

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The national award-winning film delivered a great conflict that many big-budget films crave for. Subtly highlighting the need for communication in a relationship, the film is set around a mere issue in a marital relationship which eventually morphs into an unexpected conflict. 

Playing a next-door housewife, Tabu’s character of Aditi stands out as an inspiration for the coming ages. The way she transforms from the first frame to the last frame makes her one of the finest female characters even today.

Kiranjeet from Provoked

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Based on a true story, the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Provoked is a hard-hitting drama. The film captures the trauma of Kiranjeet in her abusive marriage and her final and unexpected action, reacting to it becomes the premise of the film.

Aishwarya brings Kiranjeet’s real-life experiences on screen with her great performance. Her character makes us realize how taking a stand and voicing your opinions is a must.

Madhoo Shah from Roja

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Mani Ratnam’s first in the ‘Terrorism Trilogy’ Roja essays the inspiring journey of a small-town woman who fights against every authority to rescue her husband Rishi, who gets kidnapped by militants in Jammu and Kashmir. Madhoo Shah’s character Roja seems loosely inspired by the mythological tale of Sati Savitri.

Her character gives you different messages at each stage of her life, be it as a care-free young girl in a small town or as a bold wife fighting to rescue her husband.

Indumati from Sonchiirya

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In Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya, Indumati Tomar played by Bhumi Pedneker suffers a lot from her family and society. She has no option or right to voice out herself. Apart from other characters, the film also captures Indu’s journey as she discovers the rebel within her and decides to fight back. There are some hard-hitting scenes that will make you feel pity for Indu, however, when she transforms into a rebel, there’s a lot we learn from her character.

Celebrate these bold women and their inspiring stories.

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