Exclusive: From SRK to Hrithik, when women film-makers added their Midas touch to their characters!

Our female filmmakers have taken the reins and are pushing the boundaries one film at a time.

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BY REEMA CHHABDA

It’s not always about the tale, but rather how you deliver it that makes a lasting impression. When the person telling the story has personally experienced it, the impact is amplified. With each passing day, we witness a new change in the way films are made.

There’s no denying that the bulk of filmmakers continue to pander to people’s sentiments, but we’ve also seen films that defy clichés and serve as a mirror to society. We no longer have to rely on male filmmakers to bring the predicament of women in our culture to the attention of the public. Our female filmmakers have taken the reins and are pushing the boundaries one film at a time.

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So, how much of an influence does it have when women recount their own stories? The answer is a resounding yes. Now, we are not attempting to denigrate any of the male filmmakers who have created some wonderful female-centered films. They’ve all done an excellent job, there’s no doubt about that.

Today, let’s take a look at how things change when male characters are told from a female perspective. When a woman narrates a narrative of this size, we believe she is more sensitive to the matter. Handling serious situations with care is crucial, and some female writers have always demonstrated their ability to do so.

Shah Rukh Khan as Dr. Jehangir in Dear Zindagi written by Gauri Shinde:

For the past 29 years, there is only one king in Bollywood which is none other than Shah Rukh Khan. SRK has been one of the most popular movie stars worldwide. Well, while talking about Shah Rukh Khan we all must seen Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Dear Zindagi’. The film has not just touched the audience but also has changed a whole perception of mental health. Yes! let us take a bow to the amazing filmmaker and writer Gauri Shinde who penned and directed such a beautiful and heart-touching film.

The film showcases a young gir’ls struggle with taboo topics such as anxiety and sadness. While discussing such a serious matter, Gauri must have had a difficult time bringing out Shah Rukh Khan’s character, an OTT psychiatrist who utilises rather imaginative and theatrical ways to deal with his patients, such as sprinting on the beach. We were all pleasantly surprised after seeing our very own ‘king of romance’ play a serious and rationally respected role. Gauri Shinde created Dr. Jug with utmost perfection.

The way Gauri justified the plot with a wonderful cast like Shah Rukh and Alia is entirely due to her ingenuity and insights, as she penned a well-classified story with honesty while yet making sure the characters are explained. If we can still remember Dr. Jug after 5 years of ‘Dear Zindagi,’ then Gauri Shinde deserves all the credit.

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Irrfan Khan as Rana in Piku written by Juhi Chaturvedi:

When it comes to the legendary actor Irfan Khan, there are no words to describe how much he is admired. Irrfan has given fantastic and vivid performances that are still alive in our hearts, despite the fact that the entire industry and public lament his absence.

In honour of the late Irrfan Khan, let us discuss his taxi driver part, which propelled the film to popularity. Yes, you guessed it right; we are referring to ‘Piku.’ The film became a box office smash, as well as was loved by the critics. With an iconic star cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Dipika Padukone, and Irrfan Khan, it must be critical for the filmmakers to design each character in accordance with the dignity of the story.

Before the release, we all were sure about its success, but once we saw it, the perception was totally changed of each and every audience. ‘Piku’ writer Juhi Chaturvedi made sure that the film gets more emotional love than of a father-daughter relationship. Yes, 70% of the film was based on a father-daughter relationship, but there was some charm in just the presence of Rana Chaudhary aka Irrfan Khan. It is very difficult to pen down a character with a supporting character and to give an equal and perfect screentime and defination. The beautiful portrayal of Rana can only be felt and loved. This time not only the actor, but the writer of ‘Piku’ Juhi Chaturvedi also proved her mastery over the medium.

Fawad Khan as Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore in Khoobsurat written by Juhi Chaturvedi:

‘Khoobsurat,’ starring Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan, has an unique drama plot that has given us a fresh perspective on watching such dramas and given all the ladies a new crush. The story follows an eccentric physiotherapist who works for a royal family and falls in love with the royal prince despite the fact that he is already engaged. The film itself did not attract much notice, but the film’s music and Fawad Khan did.

Talking about Fawad’s character in the film, Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore, who is calm, smart, and intellectual. Without a doubt, Fawad stole the stage by icewalking over the carpet. But it was none other than writer Juhi Chaturvedi who made Fawad’s persona justifiable and genuine throughout the film. Juhi wrote the dialogues deftly and effectively, ensuring that Fawad steals the show.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara boys written by Reema Kagti & Zoya Akhtar:

As ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ completes 10 years, let’s take a minute and bow to the makers of the film who made not just our vision taste better but also who took us one step ahead of Indian cinema. Multistarrer film including superstars like Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, and many more. The film is all about 3 friends going on a trip.
Well, the masterminds behind this super-duper hit film are the leading ladies Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar.

Casting three superstars as lead and crafting their character, while giving importance to each and every cast with their dynamics and perspective is something which not any usual filmmaker would be able to do but, these ladies have phenomenally slammed all the clashes and delivered a beautiful story to us.

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Irrfan Khan as Yogi in Qarib Qarib Singlle written by Kamna Chandra:

Irrfan Khan was one of the performers that brought some high-quality films to the screen that were underappreciated due to the marketing gimmicks of mainstream commercial films, which these lesser-known films could not afford.

Written by Kamna Chandra, Irrfan’s character definately won our hearts. The film would not be the same if it was not the outstanding actor who would portray what Kamna has in her mind. Irrfan, channelling his effortless charm in the road-trip rom-com, from offering his fingers to crack to a worried Parvathy and tenderly getting her to puke into his lap as she suffers mountain sickness to asking her to share her bottle of water with him in the closing cable-car scene. The touching, off-the-beaten-path love story will warm your heart.

Irrfan’s character is full of life and has a very upbeat attitude about things. It’s a lovely journey that the outstanding writer Kamna gave us and we can’t thank her enough.


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