Bollywood stars share a long standing history of strange affection and animosity with the media. However, in recent times, playing a journalist on screen is getting popular with Bollywood actresses. Journalism being reflective of the growing trends of modernity in society, playing a journalist is deemed a cool thing in Bollywood! Koimoi glances through the most popular and most anticipated journalist roles donned by Bollywood actresses.
Kareena Kapoor Khan (Satyagraha – Releasing August, 2013)
Prakash Jha genre of cinema is always a class apart. This film is scheduled for Independence Day release will star Kareena Kapoor playing the role of a high profile international journalist. The role is heavily influenced by CNN veteran Christiane Amanpour and anchors the Global Affairs Department of ABC News. Kareena’s stylist intends to fly her down to Dubai in order to make her look more appealing and give her a more plausible yet off beat look. The film will also star Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpai in main roles.
Amrita Rao (Singh Saheb The Great – Releasing Mid 2013)
It’s been a while since Amrita Rao delivered a major and noticeable role. Appearing in the role of a journalist for Anil Sharma’s Singh Saheb The Great, Rao is immensely optimistic. She is thrilled about her character and apparently playing a journalist has been quite exciting for the star.
Nargis Fakhri (Madras Café – Releasing Late 2013)
After having his audiences laughing all the way through Vicky Donor, Shoojit Sircar is set to delve into a more serious genre of political thriller. His next film will see Nargis Fakhri playing the role of a foreign journalist opposite John Abraham. Nargis who made quite an impressionable entry with Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar is all geared up to surprise the audiences wth her interesting portrayal in the film.
Raveena Tandon (Shobhana 7 Nights – Releasing Late 2013)
Raveena Tandon has always believed in playing strong and substantial roles. She will be next seen in Sudipto Chattopadhyaya’s Shobhana 7 Nights playing a hardcore journalist who will romance a younger man with passion and intensity!
Konkona Sen Sharma (Page 3 – 2005)
Konkona added grit and charm to the role of an ordinary Page 3 journalist. Madhur Bhandarkar’s Page 3 was indeed a piece cut out of everyday lives of the Rich and the Famous. The film won her accolades for her brilliant performance and powerful acting full of realistic touch.
Preity Zinta (Lakshya 2004)
Set against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil War, this film was quintessential quest of every youngster to find out their true calling in life. Starring opposite Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta plays a bold and hardcore radical war correspondent. Fashioned on NDTV Journalist Barkha Dutt, director farhan Akhtar ensured that Zinta plays Romilla Dutta to perfection. Though the film received lukewarm reactions, Preity’s role was largely appreciated by the critics.
Rani Mukerji (No One Killed Jessica – 2011)
The film was based on the case which brought the entire country together against filthy political domination. The Jessica Lall Murder Case was a breakthrough one in Indian Judicial System. Rani plays the role of staunch journalist who is feisty and headstrong. She ensures that justice is delivered at the victim’s doorstep. The critics were singing praises of Rani’s acting and her brilliant role in the film.
Playing a journalist is almost getting fashionable these days. Achint Kaur in Rajdhani Express, Deepal Shaw in A Wednesday or Aditi Hydari in Rockstar, have all played the hardcore media woman. At places the roles signify the modern vocational trends in society and in others journalism is used to show the corrupt and commercialized face of media. Playing a journalist not only conveys it as a cool profession but implies the growing strength of women in media and society at large. Bollywood indeed is rapidly changing for a better and broader vein of thought.