“Don’t Prove a Point, Do it for Yourself”, says Swapna Ashok 

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8th, well-known TV host, writer, singer, journalist and radio jockey, Swapna Ashok came to Mayabazar, AISFM campus for a very engaging, interactive and lively session, which was held exclusively for women.

Currently managing editor of Telugu news channel Sakshi TV she started her career in TV anchoring with TV9 (Telugu) and has done popular shows like Shara Maamule. She later moved to radio as the regional programming head of BIG FM 92.7 and hosted interview shows including Dil Se and Close Encounters. She comes from a family who have coincidentally been associated with radio; her mother Jyotsna was a FM radio presenter known for popular programme JAPA 4 and her maternal grandmother was Radio Bhanumati of All India Radio, Chennai fame.

Starting off on a high note she posed a question to all the women audience and asked ‘what does Women’s Day means to you’. Answers from the students and staff, ranged from been given the freedom to make their choices in life to taking their own decisions. Talking about her experiences of working in the media industry, she said that “Media is responsible for the influence it can impart to the society at large as we are in a sensitive profession” and went on to speak about the role of media in shaping society.

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To the question ‘What is empowerment to you?’, some of the students raised valuable concerns that they face while been part of society at large and noted that change should start at the grass root level to make a difference. “Creative when rearranged is reactive and we need to think of different and creative ways to deal with various scenarios,” she said and added that “If you want to do something or bring about a change, do it for yourself but don’t do it to prove a point to others.”

The session ended on a charged note where a select few voiced their opinion about the need of the hour and what message needs to be conveyed. “Respect individuality”, “Teach boys from childhood about how to respect women”, “Teach girls to be strong and empowered” were a few of the messages that struck a chord. Swapna concluded the session with the message that self awareness is required for women to be empowered and said “You define, you decide, you choose!”

Damsel in distress…Who’s that?!

When you thought of female leads in movies, your thought automatically went to the typical ‘damsel in distress’ stereotype. Times, however have changed. Female leads have become quite powerful, in the recent past. Here are eight awesome movies, showcasing real bad-ass women, decimating the clichéd perception of the word ‘actress’.
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  1. Vidya Balan as Silk
    (The Dirty Picture)
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Vidya’s portrayal of Silk broke the norms of cinema, just like the character herself had done. Putting on 12 kilos, at a time when everyone was all gaga over size zero is a brave move! It was all worth it, as she did complete justice to playing an onscreen seductress who falls into the trap of the eternal pursuit for love and fame.

  1. Uma Thurman as The Bride AKA Beatrix Kiddo
    (Kill Bill)

KillBill UmaBeing on a one-woman mission to seek out revenge is badass. Being trained in mortal combat, mastering the art of samurai sword fights and hand-to-hand fighting, now that’s some next level of badassery.

  1. Richa Chaddha as Bholi Punjaban
    (Fukrey)

RCFMRicha Chaddha is one actor, who goes on to prove how amazing she is, with every passing film. Her role in Fukrey showed how well she can blend into low-key comedy roles. She carried out the role of the nut cracking, venom-spewing, Bollywood ‘gunda’ with complete conviction.

  1. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff
    (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

scarlett johanssonPlaying the character of the Black Widow is not simple. ScarJo keeps getting better as a master spy whose skills keep her in a class with superheroes, despite lacking super powers. Now that’s badass!

  1. Vidya Balan as Krishna
    (Ishqiya)

vidya balan ishqiyaVidya’s portrayal of Krishna made us fall, both in and out of love with the character of Krishna. She did whatever she had to, to get her way, be it cursing, manipulating or using her sexuality! She did not care about what society might think of her, which is why she makes the cut for our list!

  1. Kate Beckinsale as Selene
    (Underworld)

Underworld Kate Beckinsale As SeleneThe actress is probably best known for her work as uber-dangerous vampire Selene in the Underworld series. With an array of silver spitting weapons at her disposal, Selene sends her enemies to the afterlife, leaving us with a Matrix-like feel. The scene where she jumps from the building and lands with nary a sound, as if she were two feet off the ground instead of two hundred, is considered as one of the most bad-ass scenes in movie history!

  1. Rani Mukherjee as Meera
    (No One Killed Jessica)

raniMeera is the journalist who gets involved in the Jessica murder case when the judicial system seems to fail. She is not afraid to put across her views, portrays feminism with panache, and never backs down from a fight.

  1. Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander
    (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

rooney maraNo “Most Badass” female movie characters list would be complete without Oscar nominee Rooney Mara! Her portrayal of Lisbeth was one that was simply amazing. Who in their right mind would want to mess with a girl who is known to set people on fire along with other means of torture and dispatch? The fact that she seems like an enigma wrapped in a riddle, is what makes her so badass!

There you have it. This was our list of the most Bad-Ass female movie characters of modern time! Did we miss you your favourite? Comment below and let us know.