Oppression and containment through stereotypical casting or role delegation is also not relatively new in Bollywood. Actresses more often than not have been subject to this practice, also known as typecasting when their appearances or looks have solely dictated the characters or roles they should be cast in. Here is a list.
Vidya Balan And Her “Behenji” Kind Of Roles
Image Credit: Movie – The Dirty Picture
The charming actress who legit thrives on her ability to act has, however, found herself in roles that fit her body type instead of her acting skills. Her debut was Parineeta followed by movies like Ishqiya, Dirty Picture, Kahaani and its sequel. Although she is often known for pioneering a drastic change in the concept of the typical Hindi heroine, she has done so without affecting the usual gendered or social constructs surrounding women’s bodies. She has drawn considerable criticism because of their majorly fluctuating weight although it shouldn’t be anyone’s concern. Even in movies like No One Killed Jessica and the recent Tumhari Sulu her character has been mildly consistent.
Bhumi Pednekar And Her Overweight Girl Next Door Image
Image Credit: Movie – Toilet Ek Prem Katha
After her brilliant performance in Dum Laga ke Haisha alongside Ayushman Khurana, it looks like the actress has not been able to completely shred the overweight girl next door image. She has lost all the extra pounds but that didn’t turn any curious eye. Her character has seen minor variations in movies like Toilet and Shubh Mangal Savdhan.
Bipasha Basu And Her Sultry Brown Skin
Image Credit: Movie – Raaz 3
Bips over time had gained the title of some kind of a sex symbol. And it’s not just Bips. So has Rakhi Sawant, Malika Sherawat, Sunny Leone etc . Bipasha, a mainstream Bollywood actress, has always been seen in roles that are sexually revealing or provocative be it in Raaz or Dhoom 2 or Jism, or No Entry, although her long legs or perfectly toned belly shouldn’t determine the kind of roles “suited” for her.
Body structures have always determined the fates of women. If we are going to judge an actor we should ensure we do it on the basis of their acting and nothing else. So, its highly Bollywood stopped typecasting and playing safe!