8 Iconic Female Roles we Want Sonam Kapoor to Portray
Post the success of “Neerja,” actress Sonam Kapoor has expressed her interest in doing more women-centric films.
“There are women who got lost in the pages of history, like Neerja Bhanot, and it is sad,” Kapoor said at the Women of Worth Awards. “There is a wider variety of women that we are looking at and the more innovative things that they are doing which are cultural and scientific breakthroughs and artistic as well.”
Though the fashionista, who made her debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Saawariya,” is known for her stylish roles, “Neerja” proved to be something we’ve never seen Kapoor take on before. She has said she can take intense characters with ease and if the praise she received for her portrayal of “Neerja” is any indication—fans and critics agree that she has the talent to do so.
With Kapoor’s interest in women-oriented films and her recent hint at signing the dotted line of a strong female lead very soon, we thought we would give her some options on who to play next. Here’s a list of strong female figures—from many different walks of life—whom we would love for her to portray.
There are activists, dancers, politicians, writers, religious figures, women who exemplify life. We hope she will nail these personalities with ease.
Here’s 8 Icons we Want Kapoor to Play
1. Jhansi ki Rani
Rani of Jhansi, aka Lakshmibhai, is one of the most prominent figures of resistance to the British Raj. She fought like a man for her kingdom and family. The epitome of bravery, we hope Kapoor will shine in a role as Jhansi ki Rani.
2. Lakshmi Sahgal
Another brave heart woman, she was fondly called Captain Lakshmi. A revolutionary of the Indian independence movement, Sahgal was an officer of the Indian National Army.
3. Indira Gandhi
The Iron-woman of India has etched a special mark for herself in Indian history. Assassinated by her bodyguard, she was a relentless politician. We can already imagine Kapoor in a chic bob and cotton sarees as the powerful leader, Indira Gandhi.
4. Protima Bedi
A model-turned-Odissi dancer, Bedi was versatile and charismatic. In her later years, she turned to spirituality and was killed in a landslide in the Himalayas during one of her spiritual sojourns.
5. Kamala Surayya
Known by her pen name Madhavikutty, Surayya was a noted writer and poet. Though born into a conservative Hindu family with royal ancestry, she later converted to Islam. She is known for her liberated writings on female sexuality.
6. Sarojini Naidu
The noted Indian independence activist, Sarojini Naidu, is known as the Nightingale of India. She was a poet, writer and political activist who worked for women’s empowerment. We’ve already seen Kapoor work as a powerful activist in her hit film “Raanjhanaa,” she can definitely pull off the passion that is needed.
7. Mother Teresa
The Albanian missionary who made Kolkata her home was known as the living saint. Mother Teresa was widely admired for her charitable works—and it would be interesting to see Kapoor play a religious figure. We would get the chance to see Kapoor in a look completely opposite of her always stylish self.
8. Kalpana Chawla
The Indo-American astronaut, Kalpana Chawla, was the first Indian woman to be in space. Chawla was killed in the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003. Her humble beginnings and her rise in the astronomy world would be interesting to watch; also, we are sure Kapoor would kill it in a spacesuit.