We do know a lot about female icons who carved the path for women across the globe and we do look up to them. Even when it comes to films, we do give credit to the feminist roles played by women. But, what we forgot to celebrate is the strong feminist roles played by our very own men.
So today, let us have a look at some of the roles played by Bollywood actors who could turn into our next feminist icons.
1. Akshay Kumar In Padman
When it comes to our menstrual cycle, taboos are common. But shattering these taboos, came the film Padman. The film was based on the real-life Menstruation Man, Arunachalam Muruganantham, and Akshay Kumar portrayed the character of Laxmi Kant Chauhan with perfection. Akshay’s character was of an open-minded guy who did not care what society thought about menstruating women. He went beyond his comfort and helped his wife during ‘those days.’ He worked towards creating awareness and improve menstrual hygiene while the rest of the people criticized him. He is the kind of man that society lacks – especially in rural India.
2. Aamir Khan In Dangal
Do we need to say more? Aamir Khan’s role was based on the real-life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat who helped his daughters succeed in a man’s world. Aamir’s character saw both men and women as equals and gave them the opportunity that they deserved rather than considering them as a burden and marrying them off. Hats off to Aamir Khan for playing such a role and hats off to the real-life hero who turned into such an inspiration.
3. Arjun Kapoor In Ki & Ka
Arjun Kapoor’s character as Kabir Bansal in Ki & Ka redefined gender roles and became the torchbearer of gender equality. He took care of the house while his wife played by Kareena Kapoor Khan earned money to run the household. It’s time that society sees this as normal.
4. Pankaj Tripathi In Gunjan Saxena
Well, most of the fathers are a feminist when it comes to their daughters, and Pankaj Tripathi’s role as Anup Saxena in Gunjan Saxena was exactly the same. He stood by his daughter’s dream and assured her that she can be anything she wants to be and that her gender will never come as a barrier. His dialogues like, “Plane ladka udaaye ya ladki, dono ko pilot hi bolte hain” and “Aansu bahane ki jagah pasina bahao…” will just make you love Pankaj Tripathi even more.
5. Amitabh Bachchan In Pink
“NO MEANS NO” is A dialogue that is more powerful than anyone can even think of. Amitabh Bachchan’s character as Deepal Sehgal in Pink questioned all the sexist stereotypes and stood like a wall of support to the three girls – Taapsee, Kirti, and Andrea. This role could have been given to a woman, but the role became more powerful when a man like Amitabh Bachchan understood the intensity of the situation and stood by the girls. A lesson to society.
6. Farhan Akhtar In Dil Dhadakne Do
How can we forget the part when Farhan Akhtar’s character Sunny Gill takes a dig at the pseudo- feminists and bashes Priyanka’s husband played by Rahul Bose by saying that he needn’t ‘allow women’ to work because women should be able to take their own decisions to work or not work. Trust me, I blew whistles and clapped at this moment!