Decoding The Female Lead Characters of Imtiaz Ali’s Movies

He is known to have redefined modern, urban romances, giving cine-goers new perspectives about relationships in the era of the millennials. Imtiaz Ali tells his story, almost always via a female protagonist. It’s the women who are in a true sense the driving force of his films, they are the muse, the inspiration. Be it Aditi of Socha Na Tha or Tara of Tamasha, the heroines of his films break barriers and sort the heroes’ messy lives. These women are vulnerable yet strong and opinionated. And most importantly, Imtiaz Ali’s actresses have absolutely no layers of shyness or hypocrisy. They have a freshly modern outlook towards life with an undertone of emotional quotient and innocence, which gives their characters a beautiful depth. So here’s a list of his ‘female heroes’, who ended up saving “the lads in distress.”

Ayesha Takia in Socha Na Tha

Ayesha Takia Socha Na Tha Imtiaz Ali Heroine
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Watching this film makes my heart jump with joy. The cute romance, the subtlety of falling in love and then the dilemma-everything in this movie is done right. But did you realize, that it’s Aditi who shows Viren, an otherwise irresponsible man, a direction in life? She brings the families closer and gets them both out of destructive and insane family situations.

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Jab We Met

Kareena Kapoor Jab We Met Imtiaz Ali Heroine
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Arguably Imtiaz Ali’s most famous work till date, Jab We Met is about how one accidental meeting leads to the heartbroken Aditya falling in love with the bubbly Punjabi girl Geet, who is planning to run away with her boyfriend. Geet, a chatterbox, single-handedly turns Aditya’s directionless life around, making him fall in with life once again. He even names a business venture after her.

Deepika Padukone in Love Aaj Kal and Tamasha

Deepika Padukone Tamasha Imtiaz Ali Heroine
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In both the portrayals, she decides to take her life in her hands. Whether it’s Meera’s dedication towards her goals in Love Aaj Kal or her passion towards her love in Tamasha, it’s these characters who turn the male protagonist’s life 360 degrees. In Tamasha, when Ved, finally finds his passion, which is to be a director, he turns to Tara in awe for bringing out the best in him.

Alia Bhatt in Highway

Alia Bhatt Highway Imtiaz Ali Heroine
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A victim of Stockholm syndrome, Veera falls in love with Mahabir, who along with some local goons, kidnaps her on her wedding night. Far from being terrified of her kidnappers, she ends up falling for Mahabir and finds his outside world much more liberating and comforting, than the world she calls home, where she has a horrid past. Mahabir, a hard-hearted abductor slowly starts to fall for Veera, and it’s because of her, he goes through a change of heart.

Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar

Nargis Fakhri Rockstar Imtiaz Ali Heroine
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A struggling singer Jordan, who is desperately looking for someone to break his heart so that he can find an inspiration to sing, ends up meeting Heer, a college heartthrob. Heer, who is a closet wild bird, enjoys everything from watching porn to drinking desi daaru. Jordan, unintentionally falls irrevocably in love with her. But Heer, who is initially unaware of his feelings, ties the knot with a wealthy businessman and leaves for a decidedly conservative lifestyle in Prague. After a series of encounters, they realize that their love will never see the light of the day. The music which comes from this heartbreak, changes his life forever, making him a Rockstar.

Anushka Sharma in Jab Harry Met Sejal

Jab Harry Met Sejal
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When the king of romance and the torchbearer of soulful love stories partner for a film, the magic is bound to happen. Following the journey of  a tourist guide named Harinder Singh Nehra and an Indian Gujarati girl, Sejal, this movie is about how Harry’s life transforms when he meets Sejal, who is on a mission across Europe to find her lost engagement ring. This out-an-out comedy with a sweet hint of romance will surely warm your hearts. Watch the trailer here.

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