Over the course of time, the meaning of masculinity has undergone a significant shift, and Indian cinema has kept pace with this evolution. No longer are men just one-dimensional tough guys. Today’s modern men are vulnerable, empathetic, and in touch with their emotions. They don’t hesitate to seek help when they need it. Also, they appreciate the worth of the women in their lives. All thanks to the female writers who have shattered the stereotypes surrounding masculinity. By creating male characters who are compassionate, understanding, and supportive of women. This shift in male representation in Bollywood is largely thanks to the influx of female writers.
So the days of the one-dimensional macho hero are long gone, and a new era of sensitive, empathetic men has dawned in Indian cinema. Thanks to the work of female. As they have provided a fresh perspective on women, one that can help to challenge and realign outdated mindsets and impressions.
Female writers who represented males positively in these films:
Dr Jug in Dear Zindagi:Gauri Shinde
Dr. Jug is the perfect therapist for any woman, exuding sensitivity and irresistible charm through Shah Rukh Khan’s non-judgmental portrayal. He captures our hearts and inspires us to embrace progressive thinking. By rejecting traditional mindsets and promoting modern feminist ideals.
Sunny Gill in Dil Dhadakne Do: Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti
The scene in the movie where Farhan Akhtar’s character, Sunny, confronts Aisha’s husband (played by Rahul Bose) for making a casually sexist remark is truly unforgettable. By emphasizing the importance of not ignoring “small” acts of sexism, Sunny becomes a male feminist who plays a crucial role in Aisha’s (played by Priyanka Chopra) journey toward self-empowerment. Sunny’s actions come across with women and serve as an exemplary model for men to follow.
Robbie in Manmarziyaan: Kanika Dhillon
Abhishek Bachchan’s character, Robbie, in Manmarziyaan, showcases the ideal man that every woman desires. He’s emotionally available and possesses all the qualities of a perfect partner – understanding, caring, and non-judgmental. In a world of immature and misogynistic men, Robbie stands out by never resorting to the character assassination of Rumi (played by Taapsee Pannu). Instead, he handles the Rumi-Vicky situation with remarkable maturity and sensitivity.
Iqbal in Raazi: Meghna Gulzar and Bhavani Iyer
Vicky Kaushal‘s portrayal of Iqbal is characterized by his compassionate nature. He played an army officer who maintained calm and composed behavior. He shows great empathy towards his new bride Sehmat (played by Alia Bhatt), who not only leaves her family but also her country upon getting married. Iqbal proves to be the ideal husband by respecting his wife’s interests, understanding her, and supporting her in finding her own path.