Rani Mukherjee's new film, Dil Bole Hadipaa, starring Shahid Kapoor, has highlighted a rare trend in Bollywood. In the films promo and wallpaper, Rani Mukherjje is being given more significance. The promo is full of Rani and the Wallpaper says "Rani and Shahid" as opposed to the male dominated Bollywood that would usually read "Shahid and Rani".
Certain actresses who are superstars have created that rare powerful position in the industry where they are being given more importance than their male costars.
Some examples are:
Madhuri Dixit- Perhaps the most powerfull actress ever, her producers could ensure that a film would do well just because of her name. Such was the power of Madhuri Dixit. Hum Aapke hain Kaun is one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. Apart from the fact that Madhuri was the heartbeat of that film, her name comes before Salman Khan's in the opening credits. It reads "Starring Madhuri Dixit" and then Salmans name comes second. Films such as Raja were also superhits and everyone knows its because of Madhuri's screen presence and power to ensure box office success.
Sridevi- another actress who was a personified superstar. Films like Chaalbaaz and Chandni had Sridevi taking center stage. She was strong enought to pull the crowds to come watch her.
Kajol- She is in almost everyones top 10 list of favorite actresses. Such was her unique charisma and charm that audiences would flock to see her films. She was the soul of films like KKHH and K3G. One of the msot successfull actresses in her time, she was able to make a super successful comeback wih Fanna. Audeinces wanted to rexperience the Kajol Magic.
Kareena Kapoor- although not up to par with the women listed above, she was able to make Jab We Met a super duper success. She was the soul of the film and had the most importance in making the film a hit.
Priyanka Chopra- Fashion is said to be the most successfull women centric film in Bollywood. Thats quite an accomplishment for Piggy chops
Katrina Kaif- Say what you want about her acting skills, but she is the nations heartthrob. People flock to see her films and that is being proven by the success of New York.
Aishwarya Rai- The woman has legions of fans and they cant wait to watch her next films. She is powerfull in the sense that she is 35 and still going so strong in the industry. Plus being a Bachchan adds to the power quoitent.
Who Do you think is an actress that is more powerful and a bigger box office pull than her male costars?