Heroine

Aishwarya Rai    

Alia Bhatt

Anushka Sharma

Deepika Padukone

Kangana Ranaut

Sonakshi Sinha

Kajol

Kareena Kapoor

Katrina Kaif

Priyanka Chopra

Rani Mukherjee

Vidya Balan

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 in 2015: http://www.santabanta.com/bollywood/101555/strong-female-protagonists-on-a-steady-rise-in-bollywood/

Heroines as historical characters: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/9410  

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