India observes its 71st Independence Day this year and like every year, this year too we are reminded of those brave heroes whose selfless sacrifices led to the freedom that we enjoy today. We grew up learning all about the freedom struggle and how Indians uprooted the British Empire from the country. The stories of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandrashekhar Azad are not unheard of. Even in popular culture, these freedom fighters were heavily referenced. While there have been we have seen several movies detailing the lives of our brave revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and Mangal Pandey, not many female freedom fighters are featured in mainstream cinema.

The last memorable movie that included the name of a woman freedom fighter was Rang De Basanti, where Soha Ali Khan’s Durgawati Devi did not get enough screen time. With Kangana Ranaut all set to essay the role of Rani Laxmi Bai in the upcoming biographical movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, the scenery seems to be changing and we only hope that Bollywood continues to tell the stories of more such female revolutionaries.

From the famed Begum of Awadh, Hazrat Mahal, to Mahatma Gandhi’s wife Kasturba Gandhi, here is a list of 10 such brave women freedom fighters that Bollywood should consider making movies on and the actresses who could portray them:

1. Huma Qureshi as Begum Hazrat Mahal

Huma Qureshi, Beghum Hazrat Mahal, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

2. Kareena Kapoor as Lakshmi Sahgal

Kareena Kapoor, Laxmi Sahgal, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

3. Deepika Padukone as Kamla Nehru

Deepika Padukone, Kamla Nehru, Bollywood, Actress Women Freedom Fighter

4. Vidya Balan as Sarojini Naidu

Vidya Balan, Sarojini Naidu, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

5. Tabu as Aruna Asaf Ali

Tabu, Aruna Asaf Ali, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

6. Sridevi as Kasturba Gandhi

Sridevi, Kasturba Gandhi, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

7. Juhi Chawla as Vijayalaxmi Pandit

Juhi Chawla, Vijaylaxmi Pandit, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

8. Priyanka Chopra as Rani Laxmi Bai

Priyanka Chopra, Rani Laxmi Bai, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

(Sorry Kangana)

9. Madhuri Dixit as Madam Cama

Madhuri Dixit Madam, Bhikaji Cama, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

10. Kalki Koechlin as Sister Nivedita

Kalki Koechlin, Sister Nivedita, Bollywood Actress, Women Freedom Fighter

Would you like to suggest some actresses who could better portray these iconic freedom fighters? Please tell us in the comments.

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