It’s no secret that cinema is brutal towards women who have crossed the invisible ‘age bar’. After crossing it, which is extremely harsh and unfair, to begin with, women are perceived as having ‘expired’ their market value. Even the most powerful actresses who have performed alongside big league actors once upon a time are shunned. They are given the ‘old’ tag even if they are barely 30. While their counterparts go on to become superstars even in their late 50s and serenade women half their age. The movie industry refuses to cast age-appropriate actresses. Instead, it chooses to cast women in their 20’s in lead roles. Even if that means making them look much older.
The movie ‘Saand Ki Aankh‘ is an example. Bhumi Pednekar and Tapsee Pannu were turned into older women instead of just casting age-appropriate actresses for the role. But now that OTT is here, it’s all changing for the better. Powerful actresses who have given brilliant performances are finally coming out of the cliched roles they’ve had to endure in the movie industry and getting a chance to give meaningful performances. Here are 5 powerful actresses breaking the glass ceiling on OTT:
1. Raveena Tandon:
From being forever branded as Akshay Kumar’s ex-flame and just being recognized for her ‘Tip Tip Barsa Paani’ act, Raveen Tandon is finally receiving her due. Her acting prowess has broken free of stereotypes in KGF Chapter 2. Raveena as Ramika Sen is a powerful, commanding character who made her fair share of impact in the 500-crore-grossing latest KGF movie. Her performance in Aranyak was also commendable.
2. Sakshi Tanwar:
From being perceived as the docile ‘bahu’ of Ekta Kapoor’s never-ending soap ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki‘ to playing a cliched character as Ram Kapoor’s wife in the Hindi serial ‘Bade Acche Lagte Hain‘, Sakshi Tanwar has finally bagged a power-packed lead role in the Netflix series ‘Mai‘. She plays the role of a wronged and enraged mother who will unite the heavens and the earth to bring her deceased daughter to justice.
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3. Pooja Bhatt:
Pooja Bhatt has always had a sexy image in Bollywood. Despite having acted in numerous movies in Bollywood, audiences have never seen a glimpse of her best work that stands out in her entire career. Except for her role in the Netflix series Bombay Begums where she portrays the struggles of an ambitious woman who goes through menopause.
4. Shefali Shah:
Shefali Shah has openly expressed in interviews how she had no choice but to play the roles of much older women throughout her career. She even became the wife of Amitabh Bacchan and the mother of Akshay Kumar in the movie ‘Waqt‘ in her 20s, both of whom were much older to her during the time. Even her role as Anil Kapoor’s wife in ‘Dil Dhadakne Do‘ was stereotypical of Bollywood. But Shefali Shah has finaly come into her element thanks to OTT and given brilliant performances in a number of OTT shows like Delhi Crime, Jalsa, and Human.
5. Sushmita Sen:
Sushmita Sen struggled to get the kind of recognition for her talent she deserved in Bollywood. She played mediocre roles in films and never saw the kind of success other beauty pageant winners received like Aishwarya Rai. Bollywood has not been fair to her owing to her height and she has never really gelled well with the perception of a heroine in movies owing to her intellect. But her role in Aarya changed the way the audience looks at her now. Her performance in it went on to be her best piece of work in her entire career.