Blog: Sorry to Disappoint You Men, Actresses DO Get Along Well on Film Sets

Blog: Sorry to Disappoint You Men, Actresses DO Get Along Well on Film Sets

From Ocean's 8 to Veere Di Wedding, girl power rules the box office in Bollywood and Hollywood
Blog: Sorry to Disappoint You Men, Actresses DO Get Along Well on Film Sets

Watching the eight  stunning  actresses of Ocean’s  8 whooping it up at the extensive promotional events  for the  much-hyped  film, I felt  a deep and prideful sense  of  déjà  vu.  This  could be our Veere Di Wedding (VDW)   girl gang divided by hal. Firstly our Veeres  are  no less glamorous, articulate and self-assured than  the Ocean’s 8 girl gang, Secondly they seem to address exactly the same issues of body-shaming, cat fights  and  pay parity.

Business as  usual. But wait. The similarities are even more uncanny. During VDW Kareena Kapoor Khan become  a  mother to the youngest superstar of India Taimur Ali Khan. Anne Hathaway who plays  one  of the Veeres in  Ocean’s 8 also became  a mother during her  film’s  shooting. She has  spoken about  how  she was body-shamed  for her  additional weight after motherhood  until she reached the sets of her  girl-gang film where her co-stars came  forward  to make her feel complete  and  fulfilled  by complimenting her  on her glowing looks. So guys,  forget about cat fights. These Veeres  from Bollywood and Hollywood  stand  by one another. The whole mythology of women actors fighting their  way through the shooting falls apart when we see  the genuine bonhomie  among the  female actors  of  Ocean’s 8 and  ‘Ocean’s 4’(VDW). I saw the British actress Cate  Blanchett who plays  one  of  the  leads  in  Ocean’s  8,  telling one  of her interviewers  that the whole theory of women not getting along on the sets  of a film was started by male journalists. It is meant to be some kind of a male turn-on to imagine female co-stars  fighting. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania genuinely  hit the  ok  button in their  togetherness. And that  comes as  a  surprise  to all those who were waiting to see fireworks  among the actresses. Says  Sonam, “Sorry  to disappoint those who think we  were slapping and scratching one  another’s faces. We really got along like  a house on fire.”

We really can’t be blamed  for thinking  actresses can’t get along when working  together. Aeons ago when Sharmila Tagore and Mala Sinha shared screen space in a 1960s film called Humsaya there were  stories  of  one actress  slapping the  other. Decades later Sharmila was embroiled   in  another cold war with Raakhee Gulzar on  the sets  of Yash Chopra’s  Daag. Decades thereafter  it was Kareena Kapoor, eventually destined to be Sharmila Tagore’s daughter-in-law, who  got into a squabble with Bipasha Basu on the sets  of  Aitraaz. Kareena  ended  up  calling  Bipasha a  kali billi (black cat).Talk about a ‘cat –fight’. Seeing Kareena bond so effortlessly with her  co-stars in Veere Di Wedding I was reminded of her kali billi catfight. Yes, Kareena and the  heroines have  matured. I am not sure  about Indian cinema.

2018 is an ideal year to be  a female  hero. First came  Rani Mukherjee in Hichki, breaking all the myths about  films that spotlight female  heroes, especially those with disabilities.  Then came Alia  Bhatt as a patriotic spy who creates  havoc in  her Pakistani in-laws’ home in Raazi which has just become the first female  hero in five years  with a  100-crore  box-office earning. The  trio of  girl-power hits  is completed  with Veere Di Wedding.

Says trade analyst Atul Mohan, “Raazi was different. A patriotic untold story taken  from history and Veere Di Wedding is today's generations’ take on weddings and commitment. Raazi was patronized by families and Veere De Wedding appealed  predominantly
to  youths of metros. Ocean's  8 will  definitely  appeal to the  audience that made Veere Di Wedding a  hit. So yes ,this is a good time to be  a female hero in  the movies."