#Throwback 2018: This Year Belongs to Women on Screen. But What About those Behind the Scenes?

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#Throwback 2018: This Year Belongs to Women on Screen. But What About those Behind the Scenes?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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beautiful woman (Tabu in Andhadhun) kills her wealthy, older husband, and her neighbour before poisoning the sole witness to her crimes. An unambitious small-town girl (Tapsee Pannu in Manmarziyaan) flits between her husband and her ex-boyfriend with scant regard for her marriage. An upper-class South Dilliwali (Swara Bhaskar in Veere Di Wedding) uses a dildo to pleasure herself in front of her rattled husband. A village girl (Radhika Madan in Pataakha) chooses to own a diary at the cost of her intelligent sister being taken out of school. An undercover Indian spy (Alia Bhatt in Raazi) jeopardises her mission by falling in love with her Pakistani husband and a demon (Anushka Sharma in Pari) falls in love with a human.

In any other year, the apparent selfishness of these female leads would have promptly been labelled villainous; a marker of irresponsibility that needed to be overcome or punished. But in 2018, these unlikeable girls, who dared to prioritise their own desires over social obligations, were allowed to be self-serving without being pigeonholed.

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