Top 5 Women-Oriented Films Of Madhuri Dixit-Nene
Women-centric cinema had taken a sabbatical from the film industry but is back with a bang. With films like ‘Kahaani,’ ‘Queen’ and ‘Gulaab Gang’ taking over Box Office, the theme is certainly here to stay. Actresses like Meena Kumari and Nargis to Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut belonging to different eras have helped in getting this theme explored in its full glory. However, even before Priyanka and Kangana could reign the Box Office, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, the dhak-dhak girl of Bollywood anchored the theme and garnered accolades for her path-breaking performances. Here are a few films starring Madhuri Dixit-Nene that appealed to the brawn of women!
Despite the film being a multi-starrer with A-listers, Madhuri Dixit left a lasting impact on our memories as Janki, the theater actress. Her role in the film might have not been more than 25 minutes, yet these few minutes were enough to express womanhood and her rage against chauvinistic patriarchy. The film is a journey of a woman across India where she meets more women from different strata of society suffering under the hands of a rigid system and norms.
Playing the central character, Madhuri Dixit is seen in five different avatars. She is the spirit of India who evokes revolt against the male-dominated society and also an inspiration behind the revered creative works of Kalidasa and Leonardo Da Vinci. She exists through all ages. This collaboration between Madhuri Dixit and M.F.Hussain was eye-catching, colorful and an artistic tribute to womanhood.
Anjaam is a film that revolves around the atrocities committed against women. The film earned Madhuri multiple nominations in various Bollywood awards and Shah Rukh Khan too was lauded for his negative role. The story of the film depicts the life of a woman, Shivani, who is doomed because of a jilted lover. This lover, Vijay, brings down Shivani’s family and sends her to jail. Soon, he has to prepare himself for the consequences of his action. After all, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Helmed by a master auteur Prakash Jha, the film Mrityudand earned multiple accolades for the dance diva, Madhuri Dixit's riveting performance. From its music to stellar acting talent, the film revolted against social and gender injustice. The film that opens up with grisly portrayal of murder of two women goes on to depict a village belle, Ketki's confrontation with oppression and male domination.
Anubhav Sinha helmed Gulaab Gang sees Madhuri voicing against the chauvinist, male-dominated and unjust society once again. The story of the film encompasses the struggles faced by women in India and how a gang of pink saree-clad women, run by Rajjo (Madhuri Dixit-Nene), bring about unforeseen revolution in the state for women’s rights.
Watch this hard-hitting film Gulaab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit-Nene in one of her best roles alongside Juhi Chawla, only on Zee Cinema.