Five actresses who will dazzle in goddess Durga’s avatar


Festive fervour has filled the air as the Navratri celebrations has begun. The festival of Navratri which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, celebrates the nine nights dedicated to the nine divine forms of goddess Durga. The goddess is depicted as a warrior woman with ten hands each carrying a weapon using which she destructs evil forces with her divine Shakti (feminine force). According to Hindu mythology, goddess Durga manifested herself from Lord Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva to slay the buffalo demon Mahishasura. The day of her victory over the demon is celebrated as Vijayadashami, Dussehra or Dashain. It is believed that goddess Durga descended on Earth on Mahalaya, the day before Navaratri festival begins. Durga Puja is the major festival of eastern India, especially celebrated by the Bengali community, while Navratri is celebrated mostly in Gujarat. The goddess is worshiped as Shaarika in Jammu & Kashmir, as Kanaka Durgammathalli in Andhra Pradesh and various other forms across the country.

Several actresses have played the role of goddess Durga in her various forms in the mythological serials on small-screen. Sonarika Bhadoria played the role of Parvati, Durga and Kali in ‘Devo ke Dev – Mahadev’, Gayatri Shashtri portrayed Parvati in ‘Om Namah Shaivay’, Payel De is playing the role of Durga in Bengali tele-series ‘Maa Durga’. Even Bengali filmstars Koel Mallik, Indrani Haldar and Bollywood’s dream girl Hema Malini portrayed the goddess Durga in special programmes on Mahalaya. Each of them looked excellent in their get-up, facial expressions and tandav moves.

On this festive occasion, let’s check out five of our Bollywood actresses who can carry their look in goddess Durga’s avatar.

Rani Mukherjee

Rani Mukherjee is an ardent devotee of goddess Durga. Her entire family follow the annual tradition of conducting the four-day-long Durga puja ceremony at their home in Mumbai. The actress with the husky voice has proved her worth in Bollywood and showed her fierceness and feminine power in her last film ‘Mardaani’. While she looks good in sarees, post her marriage with Aditya Chopra when she started donning the bright red vermillion mark, she looks even more beautiful. She will surely look great if she were to portray the deity. Rani is a trained Odissi dancer and it won’t be difficult for her to do the Durga tandav.

Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte is a beautiful woman and has very sharp features and expressive eyes. She belongs to Marathi community, but is very much familiar with Bengali culture and also speaks the language fluently. She has also worked in Bengali feature films and looked great in her get-up. Besides being a wonderful performer, she is trained in the classical dance form of Kathak and has learned contemporary dance. If imagined in the look of goddess Durga, she seems excellent.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and radiant woman on Earth. She also has a Bengali connection as her mother-in-law veteran actress Jaya Bachchan is a Bengali. Besides, she has worked in National Award winning Bengali film ‘Choker Bali’ directed by late Rituparno Ghosh. She has also portrayed a Bengali character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’, an adaptation of renowned Bengali writer Sharat Chandra Chatterjee. She looked excellent adorned with jewellery and heavy sari as a bride. She is a great dancer as well.

Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan may be of Tamil descent, but she too has strong Bengali connections. She speaks the language fluently and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor is half-Bengali. Her first feature film was also the Bengali drama ‘Bhalo Theko’. She has also appeared in a few music videos donning the look of a Bengali bride. She is able to carry the look with élan and she has proved it in her debut Hindi film ‘Parineeta’, which is also an adaptation of Sharat Chandra Chatterjee’s Bengali novel. Vidya looks her best in nine yards and carries off the look like no one else.

Kangana Ranaut

Bollywood ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut has in the recent past women-centric roles. She is a devotee of the Goddess and fasts on Navratris. Couple of years ago during an event in Kolkata, Kangana had said that being a woman, she connects with goddess Durga. The actress who debuted with Anurag Basu’s ‘Gangster’ said the Bengali director had introduced her to all the Bengali cuisine and culture and added that she won’t mind featuring in film on goddess Durga. Although, she is mostly seen in western outfits, she looks equally graceful in traditional dresses.