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 Following the archaic and regressive approach, Bollywood hardly develops its female characters. Most of the Bollywood movies showcase female characters as love interests or arm candies. But, certain movies in recent times have managed to break the tried and tested regressive structure of Bollywood and presented some really relatable female characters! Rather than following the stereotype of being hero’s arm candies, these female characters turned out to be so much relatable that we could easily understand their ideology, thought process, and actions!

Here are some of the relatable female characters that made us say – “She’s so much like us!”

1. Rani (Kangana Ranaut) in Queen

We could relate so much to Rani’s inspiring journey of self-discovery. How her fledgling confidence grew over the course of the movie, as she owns up her life, makes us remember the times when coping up with certain harsh experiences, we also build ourselves and our confidence!

2. Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor) in Veere Di Wedding

Unlike many movies that showcase women being ‘over the moon’ excited about marriage and commitment, it was so refreshing to see an honest portrayal of a woman, who was scared of commitment. While countless movies have showcased male characters having the phobia of commitment, there were hardly any movies where woman character expressed their dilemma about marriage!

3. Piku (Deepika Padukone) in Piku

Representing many millennial working women, Piku is a character we all related to. Like many of us, she was struggling with the societal pressure of marriage. But, she refused to bow down to it and remained confident about her life choices.

Image: Screengrab from Piku

4. Kaira (Alia Bhatt) in Dear Zindagi

Ambitious. Messed-up. Battling familial issues – Kaira is another female character that we can relate to. Whether it’s her struggle to be taken seriously at work or her deep-rooted issues with her family or her struggle with mental health, Kaira’s life challenges seemed so much realistic and relatable!

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5. Bitti (Kriti Sanon) in Bareilly Ki Barfi

Another character that struggled with similar issues that many of us do, is Bitti in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Her struggle and life approach made her extremely realistic and relatable! Her desire to not marry someone who expected her to change is what we all expect of our future partners! Don’t we?

6. Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) in Manmarziyaan

Representing many women, who have experienced criticism simply for not bending to society’s regressive obligation, Rumi is definitely the hero we all need. She not only owns up to her desires but also mistakes as she lives her life on her own terms.

7. Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) in Dil Dhadakne Do

Even after successfully setting up her own business and being better at managing the business than her brother, Ayesha struggled to get the recognition and appreciation that she deserved. Her struggle to stand for herself and her rights and desires make this character extra-special. Her story is the tale of so many career-oriented women, who are struggling with the guilt their families impose on them for not following the ‘traditional female roles.’

Screengrab: Dil Dhadakne Do

8. Amrita from Thappad

Standing for her self-respect and esteem, Amrita refuses to bow down to the regressive social norms that expect women to suffer in silence. In a society, where women are told to suffer abuse for the sake of marriage, there are many of us who can relate to Amrita!

Screengrab: Thappad

9. Shashi (Sridevi) in English Vinglish

Perfectly representing Indian housewives, Shashi shows the journey of a woman, who not only learns a new skill but also successfully schools her family how every member deserves equal love and respect!  

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10. Sulu (Vidya Balan) in Tumhari Sulu

In a society, where housewives are expected to have no other aspiration other than taking care of husband, kids and family, Sulu’s struggle is so much relatable. From her struggle to find her passion, to her battle of managing work with household chores, to taking a stand against her family’s orthodoxical expectations, the tale of Sulu holds true for women across various sections of society. 

These inspiring characters made us believe that we are not alone. We could connect with their desires, aspirations, mistakes, and struggles. Do let us know the female characters that spoke to you in the comments section!

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