No Damsels in Distress: 5 times actresses nailed the roles of Femme Fatales!

Bollywood’s characters are a tapestry of complex, intricate characters. Yet, the portrayals of women painted with shades of grey and the blood of their enemies are a rare find. So, move aside damsels in distress, here’s a list of women whose looks aren’t the only things that may kill you:

Tabu in Andhadhun (2018)

Tabu in Andhadhun.

When Simi’s husband interrupts her time with her lover, she has no option but to kill him. When she hears her neighbor talking to the police, she has no option but to kill her. When a blind pianist who was a surprise by her husband may have seen Simi and her lover disposing of a body, she is compelled to drug him and dump him at an illegal organ harvesting facility. Tabu’s character, Simi is terrifyingly comfortable with murder and committed to going to great lengths to save herself — a lethal combination, to say the least.

Konkona Sen Sharma in Ek Thi Daayan (2013) 

Konkona Sen Sharma in Ek Thi Daayan.

Set against an eerie atmosphere with a vengeful witch, Ek Thi Daayan keeps you excited for what’s to come. Playing the parts of a concerned woman, an evil stepmother, and a witch with a purpose, Diana, portrayed by Konkona Sen Sharma, is a true evil incarnate.

Tapsee Pannu in Badla (2019) 

Tapsee Pannu in Badla.

She’s young, shrewd, and successful but you really shouldn’t get in her way. When Tapsee Pannu’s character, Naina is accused of murdering her ex-lover, her world vanishes from under her feet. Her tear-filled eyes and anxious blubbering tone make the audience sympathize with her until the very end. The true strength of a femme fatale lies in deception and Naina plays a damsel in distress very well. You shouldn’t just be scared of Naina, you should be wary of her.

 Priyanka Chopra in 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) 

Priyanka Chopra in 7 Khoon Maaf.

All Priyanka Chopra’s character, Susanna wants is to find true love in its purest form. However, every man she finds uses her, abuses her, or betrays her. Through her seven marriages and lovers, she ends up killing most of her beaus with a broken heart. In her quest to find true love, Susanna seems to prepare herself only with her irresistible feminine wiles and a guide to creative murders.

Vidya Balan in Ishqiya (2010) 

Vidya Balan in Ishqiya.

What’s Krishna to do if her gangster husband betrays her and then goes into hiding? Well, seduce two unsuspecting criminals to lure him out and then try to shoot him, make him explode, or burn him, of course! Vidya Balan’s depiction of a manipulative woman, scorned by her husband is the perfect representation of a femme fatale.

If hell hath no fury as a woman angered, we’d be extra-cautious of these tantalizing ladies.

(Contributed by Sakshi Prabhu)

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