Women have always been seen as adding colour to the movie rather than being part of the movie. They are often objectified and used as a way to gain an audience. But these days, we are seeing Women Centric Movies which are gaining a lot of attention. However, some older movies are problematic but are normalized. Here are 5 Times Women in Bollywood Were Taken Advantage Of & Should Have Said No To The Guy.
1. Naina in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This movie is one of the most favourite movies among Indian youngsters. But if one watches it carefully, one will realize it’s also highly toxic. Naina is a medical student and she must be proud of what she is. Naina falls for Bunny on the trip and he ends up friend-zoning her. But in the end, they reunite. However, Naina certainly deserved better. If the reason for Bunny coming back to her is physical transformation like getting rid of glasses, then this is actually toxic.
2. Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is very popular and also has a huge fan base. But we feel that Anjali deserved better. Anjali is a tomboy character in this movie. She falls for her best friend and is left disappointed when Rahul chooses Tina. But later, Anjali is happy with her life and has this Bollywood transformation in her personality. Tina dies and asks her daughter to reunite her father with Anjali in a handwritten letter. What’s sad is that Anjali gets back with Rahul and we all know Anjali deserved better.
3. Preeti From Kabir Singh
Despite being a movie that got released in recent years, it still has old-school vibes. The character is so toxic in every way possible. The concept of consent is completely missing in this movie. Everyone says that love is pure, but this kind of love is mental harassment. Preeti should have stood for herself at the beginning instead of adjusting to his attitude. Grow Up Bollywood, it’s the 21st Century.
4. Naina in Kal Ho Naa Ho
This movie has one of the most problematic Love Triangles that Bollywood has seen. This movie has Naina who is kinda problematic because she body shames her best friend often. Then she meets Aman who has a heart condition. He tries to set her up with Rohit. But Naina falls in love with Aman. He pulls out the reverse cheating card and Naina breaks apart. Then Naina and Rohit come up with the “6-din Ladki-in” plan to make Naina fall in love with him. She is a woman, not your trophy. Naina, you should have got out of it.
5. Simran in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
This love story is called one of the best ones of its generation. But is it true? Raj wasn’t Mr Perfect as shown. In simple words, he was a stalker. He even gatecrashed her wedding. The train scene was harassing in simple words. Guys! That’s not the way you hit on a girl. If you clearly observe, it’s creepy. Simran, how did you fall for the stalker on the train? This is what happens when you don’t even understand the meaning of red flags. Women Characters in Bollywood deserve to know better.