From 'Lajja' to 'Fashion': Movies fueled by subliminal female friendships
Nothing is greater than a female supporting another, but many of our movies and especially TV soaps rely on pitting them against each other. While one becomes the damsel in distress, the other is the vamp. But we also have had movies where, even though the film wasn't based on it, the story is furthered by strong yet subliminal female friendships. Here's listing some.
Fashion, starring Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, and Mugdha Godse in the lead, tried to show the underbelly of the fashion industry. Chopra and Ranaut's characters are competitors initially, but after Ranaut's character has a breakdown, it is Chopra who takes her in as an amend to her previous bad behavior. Godse also is the one who guides Chopra in her initial days selflessly.
This social drama by Rajkumar Santoshi boasted of an all-female ensemble, with men only in supporting or negative roles. Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala), running from her evil spouse, encounters many of her counterparts suffering due to patriarchy. She forges a bond with all of them, and we see how these women fight the oppression. Among all, her friendship with Janki (Madhuri Dixit) remains the highlight.
When friends become your family, you get Tanu and Payel. Played by Kangana Ranaut and Swara Bhasker, respectively, in the Tanu Weds Manu franchise, they give each other life lessons and have each other's back, while having fun throughout. The camaraderie is enviable and very unlikely since their on-screen personas are poles apart. This is ironic, given their regular Twitter battles in real life!
The 2007 Anurag Basu-directorial had many female characters played by Konkona Sen Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Shilpa Shetty, and Nafisa Ali. Their lives are intermingled with each other, but what's common is them being there for one another. Be it Kangana giving Konkona's character a makeover, or both Konkona and Shilpa encouraging Nafisa's character to follow her heart, these females support each other all through.