They did everything they were labelled not to...SLOW CLAP!
Women in India are the most prejudiced individuals. There is a rule for everything we do. Even in Bollywood, actresses are still struggling to get equal pay in a Khan dominated industry. Yet they have managed to bust so many myths that it is incredible. Like they say, actions speak louder than words and they have managed to do so riding solely on the basis of their talent. Let us tell you a few of them...
#Myth 1: Women centric films don't get good opening!
Tanu Weds Manu Returns' collection broke this myth fair and square. Kangana Ranaut had to do nothing apart from featuring in the film and giving a stellar performance. Everything else was done by the audience itself. The film opened with 8.85 cr went on to 13.20 cr on Saturday and 16.10 cr on Sunday taking the total to 38.10 cr in its first weekend. Mind you...it was the time when IPL was on. If that's not enough, Priyanka Chopra's Mary Kom opened with an overwhelming 8. 4 cr and the opening weekend was 30.6 cr. Deepika Padukone's Piku brought in a good 5.5 cr on its first day to take the weekend toll to 25. 22 cr. Anybody who claimed women don't get numbers must run for cover now!
#Myth 2: Women-centric films don't earn 100 crore without a Khan!
Tanu Weds Manu Returns starring Kangana Ranaut earned 100 crore in 6 days. Piku did 100 crore worldwide while Mary Kom too entered the coveted club soon enough. Guess the numbers speak for itself and none of them had any Khan in the cast!
#Myth 3: Married women can't pull audience to the theatre
Marriage was no less a taboo in the industry. If an actress gets married, she loses her fan base and actors lose their female fan following. But it is the heroines who get hit the most because, roles run dry post marriage. Now it seems all that was just hogwash. Kareena Kapoor still enjoys an enviable fan following even though her number of films and screen timing in those films are limited. Kajol's comeback in Dilwale was almost celebrated. People want to watch more of Kareena. Ki & Ka is one of the most awaited films of 2016 because of Kareena and people are already impatient to see Kajol back on screen.
#Myth 4: Hollywood is not meant for Bollywood heroines
Hollywood will always be this place of dreams that our actors want to be in someday. Some admit it, some wait for the right moment to do so. But only a Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone manage to actually be there to make a difference. And tell you what? They aren't doing fluffy roles but author-backed ones. Priyanka's character in Baywatch is a baddie and is integral to the plot. Deepika was chased around by Vin Diesel before XXX- The Return Of Xandar Cage happened. She was supposed to be part of Furious 7 but couldn't due to date issues. But he didn't give up. Today, she is part of the sequel of XXX series. Talk about being wooed!
#Myth 5: Roles don't get written for them
Now that's one myth Priyanka Chopra has busted not once but thrice. Qauntico was first written for an all-white girl. But when she got picked for the role, they tweaked not only the character but the story as well. Baywatch's villain was a man but for PC, menace got a feminine makeover. Close to home, Jai Gangajaal was scripted with PC in mind. Neerja was written with Sonam Kapoor in mind and much more. Neerja has already become the surprise hit of the year that everyone in Bollywood is proud to flaunt!
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