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Pathaan: Why Dimple Kapadia Is The Real Boss In This Shah Rukh Khan Movie | Bollywood

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She was never defined by the usual limitations of a Hindi movie heroine and her latest role in Pathaan makes that too Dimple Kapadia stand out among a cast that includes Shah Rukh, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Ashutosh Rana. (Also Read: Alia Bhatt on Dimple Kapadia’s ‘2.5 sec’ Role in Brahmastra)

Dimple Kapadia plays the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s boss in their recent film Pathaan and she is the hero for many other reasons as well. Shah Rukh plays a former RAW operative who is part of a special forces unit (funnily titled JOCR), and Dimple is the senior officer to whom he reports. Nandini (Dimple) may also have been Pathaan’s mentor. of Siddharth Anand Pathan is not Dimple’s film, and not her best. Still, it is one of the best performances she has made in a Hindi film in recent times.

Nandini is a real woman – someone who is in charge of her team at work and knows her job well. There are no unrealistic layers of stereotyped sacrifice, sexuality, or meanness attached to her character. A small sequence right at the start also establishes that she has a family to go back to, but not one that would make her even question her own decisions.

The success of the performance is nothing new to Dimple and a well-cut character only enhances her efforts. Standing in front of an artist like Ashutosh Rana, Dimple’s act in the film is impressive.

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Dimple’s swag, perhaps redefined with her Hollywood debut (Christopher Nolan’s Tenet), comes in handy in Pathaan. Her Hindi films after Tenet (A Thursday, and Brahmastra Part One Shiva) also supported her as the aging and confident woman, but not as beautiful as Pathaan.

Touted as a spy thriller set in Yash Raj Films’ spy universe, Pathaan is the story of the titular character (Shah Rukh Khan as Pathaan) and his attempts to save India and its citizens as John Abraham (as Jim) and his friends all make efforts to attack different parts of the country.

Pathaan’s story is not new and quite predictable. Often there are twists and turns that cannot stand the judgment of rationality. Nevertheless, the film has all the elements of a typical ‘entertainer, masala’ film – comedy, romance, suspense and whistling moments (not limited to Salman Khan’s cameo) – well packaged.

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Having made a film debut as sensational as Raj Kapoor’s Bobby in 1973 at the age of 16, Dimple Kapadia’s entry into Hindi films and her first few roles was mostly about her beauty and sex appeal. She was one of the most confident people at the time and took full advantage of her sensuality. Movies like Jaanbaaz and Saagar were popular among the audience who loved to watch Dimple’s sensual avatar.

With roles like Megha Dixit aka Kalamwali Bai (Krantiveer, 1994) and Kiran Dutt (Zakhmi Aurat, 1988), she has largely blazed her own path and empowered women on screen, even in commercial and masala films. Her stint in the 90s was also defined by the choices she made in unconventional films like Rudaali and Antareen.

It wasn’t until the late 90s and early 2000s that she began to choose fewer roles, and these redefined the portrayal of older women on screen. From Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny and Being Cyrus to Somnath Sen’s Leela, Dimple chose rare roles that allowed women to rebel against society’s norms and live life the way they wanted. It is encouraging to see her making good choices even during her second innings in Bollywood.


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