We are celebrating those powerful characters from Bollywood movies who’ve broken the societal stereotypes about Indian Men. We hope many more would seek inspiration from these beautiful characters rather than worshipping male chauvinists like Kabir Singh.
1. Sunny (Farhan Akhtar) from Dil Dhadakne Do
How could one forget the heated discussion between Manav (Rahul Bose) and Sunny (Farhan Akhtar) about how Manav let his wife, Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) work. The understanding that he is a feminist because he let his wife work didn’t sit well with Manav. It was such a relief when Sunny calls him out for being a pseudo-feminist?
At that moment, we hoped that more men would take a stand for women and show the world that men are equally concerned about feminism as women are.
2. Jeetender (Gajraj) from Badhaai Ho
How this husband stands for his wife against the whole society made us fall in love with this feminist character. When his middle-aged wife (Neena Gupta), is scared of having a baby, Jeetender (Gajraj) makes it very clear that he’d always have Mrs. Kaushik’s back. He let her know that he would support her till his last breath.
3. Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal) from Raazi
No one can deny that Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal) from Raazi is the perfect gentlemen that we need in our life. Iqbal is one of the most understanding husbands that we have seen onscreen. He not only gives Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) the time to fall in love with him but also understands that Sehmat didn’t have to give up the love for her country to love him.
4. Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) from Ki & Ka
As this list captures the on-screen characters who bashed the concept of gender roles, then how could we forget Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) from Ki & Ka. This heart-warming character showed us how even men can be homemakers and more importantly, how homemakers deserve equal respect as anyone else.
5. Jai Singh Rathore (Imran Khan) from Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
Jai Singh Rathore a.k.a Rats (Imran Khan) shows how men can be emotional as well. Jai’s character shattered the stereotypes and showed us that men don’t always have to show their machismo to be a good man.
6. Sugandha’s father (Neeraj Sood) from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
From open enough to discuss the issue of erectile dysfunction to supporting his daughter against the whole world. This unconventional father (Neeraj Sood) shows how feminist fathers support their daughters; no matter what it takes.
7. Paras (Vicky Kaushal) from Lust Stories
How Paras (Vicky Kaushal) evolves from being an ignorant selfish lover to a considerate husband shows how we want our men to be aware of their wives ’ physical needs. It is quite refreshing how he doesn’t let his toxic male ego comes in between his marriage and attempts to address his marriage issues calmly.
Do let us know your favorite character who smashed the male stereotypes onscreen.