The Bollywood actresses who imbibed tomboyish characters
In Bollywood female actors have always been portrayed as glamorous and more or less have always had little to contribute to the plot. The male actors have held the centre-stage and heroines have been standoffish, having only to add to the glam quotient of the film.
But intermittently these heroines have had the chance to play tomboyish characters which is quite a challenge for these beautiful women. These characters have had an edge to it which has been delivered with finesse and élan by these actresses. Let us take a look at those memorable tomboyish characters.
One actress who made those overalls exceedingly fashionable was Kajol. In the first half of the film-“Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” that was all that she wore, bidding adieu to short dresses. She sported short hair and a minimal make-up look. What she can take credit for is her performance. From the way she spoke, to her body language everything was perfectly that of a tomboy. She imbibed the finer nuances of a tomboy and gave a perfect performance.
Genelia’s carefree and effervescent personality has always shown through off-screen. On-screen too the first time she played a feisty character was “Masti”. But “Janne Tu Ya Jaane Na” tops the list. In this film she played the role of a brat with absolute magnetism. She fights for her friend in her college campus; she gets into a tussle with her younger brother and she does it all with charm. She was lovable and endearing in the film and this sealed her position at the top-spot of all tomboy characters ever played.
The film that will always remain an all-time favourite among Hema’s fans is “Sita Aur Gita”. In this film she portrayed twin roles- that of a submissive character and the other a full-blooded twin. She portrayed the role convincingly and gave a performance worth remembering.
Preity has the image of a tomboy from the time she entered Bollywood. The ‘Liril’ advertisement that first brought her to notice too portrayed her as carefree. The films that followed like “Salaam Namaste” and “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karenga” portrayed her at her effervescent best. In the films that she has worked in, she has come across as strong-nerved and light-hearted.
Kangana portrayed the lively and free spirited Tanuja of “Tanu Weds Manu” effortlessly. She gave a brilliant performance in the garb of an UP girl. She was extrovert, disobedient and unmanageable. She remained swigged; she smoked and also swore- all this and more wearing the old-fashioned salwaar kameez.
Amrita has a petite structure that makes her for a bad choice for the role of a tomboy. But she surprised everybody when she delivered a noteworthy performance in the film “Main Hoon Na”. She played the role of Sanjana believably and was highly appreciated for her efforts in the film.
Katrina is one of the highest paid and wanted actresses in the industry at this point in time. She has had the chance to play several different kinds of roles in films. A tag that is attached to her in real life and has transcended on-screen as well is that of a tomboy. She herself has described her real life attitude as that of being free of care and blithe.
Roles such as in
the films “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”, “Namaste London”, “Zindagi Na Milegi
Dobara” and “Blue” have all portrayed her as a tomboy. She has been cheerful,
effervescent and has had a sparkling screen presence in the films. She dropped
the tag of a glamorous and racy actress in these films and delivered
performances worth cheering her for.
Genelia D Souza