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International Men's Day: Bollywood actors who crushed stereotypes

Nov 19, 2020 19:50 IST

On International Men’s Day, here are some Bollywood actors who have managed to shatter gender stereotypes through their work. #1 Akshay Kumar | Padman Akshay Kumar took on the topic of menstrual health, still considered a taboo in many parts of India, and made an engaging film, 'Padman'. His portrayal of a small-town man with progressive views was loved by many. In the film, Akshay plays a man who embarks on a fierce mission to help women, openly questioning the status quo on gender balance in our society. #2 Arjun Kapoor | 'Ki and Ka' Actor Arjun Kapoor re-defined gender roles by playing the role of a house-husband in the romantic comedy 'Ki and Ka' . The film also stars Kareena Kapoor & narrates the story of Kabir who is married to a successful career-driven woman, and prefers to stay home to take on a role, traditionally assigned for women. #3 Vikrant Massey | Chhapaak Actor Vikrant Massey not only holds the distinction of having being directed by at least half a dozen accomplished women filmmakers but also is a rare breed of actors who always manages to make a mark in female-fronted films. Massey played the role of Amol who falls in love with Malti, an acid attack survivor played by Deepika Padukone. #4 Abhishek Bachchan | 'Manmarziyaan' Abhishek Bachchan’s character Robbie in Anurag Kashyap’s 'Manmarziyaan' showed audiences that a hero could embrace his vulnerable side. Robbie never lets anger erode his dignity even after knowing that his wife is having an affair with a DJ played by Vicky Kaushal. #5 Ayushmann Khurrana | Shubh Mangal Savdhaan & Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana never fails to impress fans with the choices of his films. The actor broke gender stereotypes by choosing to portray characters that many other actors wouldn't dare. His film 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' breaks the myths around masculinity and tries to normalize the problem of 'erectile dysfunction', while 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan' takes on the challenges faced by homosexual couple face in Indian society.