Going by the number of releases starring female leads in the last few years, it could be said that Bollywood has had a certain burst of women-centric, ‘feminist’ films. Breaking away from the stereotypical portrayals of female characters in Hindi cinema, actresses from different generations–young and old alike—are outdoing each other not only in playing powerful, pivotal roles in these movies but also in carrying the projects entirely on their shoulders. In a brave, new-age showbiz, the beauties are no longer frail, and can very well hold on to the weight of box-office expectations with consummate ease—without the brawn of any saleable male star.