|Madhuri Dixit||Sonam Kapoor|
Bollywood heroines usually fall into several categories: drop-dead gorgeous sirens, the sweet, naive girl next door, and long-suffering mothers. India is a traditional, male-dominated society and this is reflected in most of the roles women play.
Interesting essay by Sharmila Tagore which discusses how women are stereotyped in Bollywood films: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?288744
How did heroines fare in 2014: http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/queen-highway-and-mardaani-why-bollywood-gave-some-hope-to-feminists-in-2014-2015277.html
Heroines of the Past: http://www.filmfare.com/features/know-your-actor-meena-kumari-8782.html
Heroines as historical characters: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/9410