SET­TING A NEW BAR

WKND - - Bollywood -

Alia Bhatt re­tains her wide- eyed in­no­cence while en­act­ing roles that need her to go off the beaten track. Films like the gritty High­way ( that drew on the un­likely Stock­holm syn­drome), and the un­con­ven­tional Kapoor & Sons and Udta Pun­jab, some­how over­shad­owed t he more strait­jack­eted Stu­dent of the Year. Ka­t­rina Kaif has sur­vived the long haul de­spite her Angli­cised ac­cent and Western­ised style. The char­ac­ters she plays on screen — even in tear- jerk­ers like Jab Tak Hai Jaan — are way too an­i­mated and bub­bly for typ­i­cal Bol­ly­wood au­di­ences, who pre­fer their heroines far more sub­dued and de­mure. Kat has emerged as one of the most bank­able stars of late de­spite her in­cli­na­tion to take on roles that project women who know their mind... and are not afraid to speak it! Nar­gis Fakhri seemed to be a write­off when she first ar­rived in Bol­ly­wood. Not only did she ap­pear ‘ too Amer­i­can’ ( dic­tion, man­ner­isms), the role she played in Rock­star was also a tad too un­ortho­dox. But she sailed through, win­ning over masses and crit­ics. And fol­lowed it up with the much- lauded Madras Cafe.

ZEENAT AMAN: She had no qualms smok­ing pot in Hare Rama Hare Kr­ishna, ca­vort­ing around in a bikini in Heera Panna and Qur­bani or tak­ing on the bad boys in Don ( in boy- cut hair). Zeenat re­de­fined what Bol­ly­wood ac­tresses stood for in the 70s

PARVEEN N BABI: I: One of th he rare ac ctresses in the 70s s and 80s whow dared to be dif­fer­ent, Parveen — the first In­dian movie star to b be fea­tured on the Time mag agazine cover — worere We es­tern clothes, dance ed to We es­tern tunes and mos stly...

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