Female Movers and Shakers of Bollywood

If you thought only typically beautiful women with the perfect body and face could succeed in Bollywood, think again. They may not match the beauty and slimming standards of the film industry but have broken all conventions to establish themselves as the movers and shakers of Bollywood. Here’s a look at four such remarkable ladies:

Vidya Balan

She made her Bollywood debut with Parineeta at the age of 26, traditionally an age when actresses are expected to retire and ‘settle down’, yet the whole industry stood up and took notice of this powerhouse of talent. Vidya was unfairly criticized for her fluctuating weight and sartorial choices but her scorching performance in Ishqiya shut up all critics once and for all. The talented performer found her mojo in blockbusters like Kahaani and The Dirty Picture where she has played characters comfortable with their appearance.

Ekta Kapoor

Bollywood baroness and producer, Ekta Kapoor is the name behind several successful careers and films. Her company, Balaji Films, has produced scores of successful television serials and films. Known to be superstitious and eccentric, the temperamental producer can be seen wearing rings on all fingers and countless bracelets. Ekta doesn’t care much about her looks and lets the box office collections of her films do the talking.

Saroj Khan

Short and pleasantly plump, Saroj Khan or ‘Masterji’ has made every Bollywood diva dance to her tunes. She started her career in the 50s as a background dancer and tasted success in the 80s as an independent choreographer. Her partnership with Sridevi is legendary and together they cast a spell on the audience with super hits like Mr. India, Nagina and Chandni. Saroj found an apt pupil in Madhuri Dixit who matched ‘Masterji’ beat-by-beat in Tezaab, Beta and Thaanedar.

Farah Khan

Choreographer and director, Farah Khan changed the way Bollywood picturised its songs lending them freshness and vitality. This average-looking youngster with a chubby frame made a splash with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and has never looked back. Graduating from her role as choreographer, Farah has also directed blockbusters like Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om and Happy New Year.