History is replete with stories of mesmerising beauties who had divine charm and grace to die for. One of the best ways to know more about such women is through movies that give us a chance to experience their legacies. Last week, with the release of Jackie, we saw the story of one such beautiful woman, Jacqueline Kennedy, who was the wife of President John F. Kennedy, played by Natalie Portman.
Even Bollywood has been reinventing such stories through biopics with the latest one in the news being Padmavati, in which Deepika Padukone will play the part of the famed Rani Padmini on-screen. Deepika, with her perfect grace and panache, is perfect for the role of this timeless beauty. Bollywood should make many more biopics that will sketch the lives of prominent historical women.
Here are four historical beauties we would love to see on-screen and the actresses who could be ideal for the roles.
Katrina Kaif as Princess Niloufer
She was one of the most stunning beauties in history with perfect western-oriental features and a fashion sense that found its way into famous magazines. If Bollywood were to make a biopic on her extravagant, elitist and elegant life, Katrina Kaif would be perfect to play her role. Her charisma and charm, which is a blend of Indian and western features will impeccably bring the princess to life on the silver screen.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Gayatri Devi
Who else can possibly reflect the élan, lively outlook and strong character of Maharani Gayatri Devi? Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who herself is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, will do perfect justice in depicting the life, style and exploits of this historical beauty.
Anushka Sharma as Meerabai
One of the first female Bhakti saints and poets, the life of Meerabai is full of twists and turns and one painted by divine music. Her story has been adapted earlier in Bollywood movies but if it were to be recreated now, then our choice definitely is Anushka Sharma. Anushka, as the ardent devotee of Lord Krishna mesmerising everyone with her divine music on love and praises for her favorite God, will steal everyone’s attention.
Kareena Kapoor Khan as Samyukta
She was the wife of Prithviraj Chauhan, the king of Delhi. History is full of fascinating tales about how Prithviraj fell in love with Rani Samyukta’s bewitching beauty even before setting his eyes on her. Kareena Kapoor Khan, with her natural regal elegance and highbrow ways, can effortlessly slay the audiences with her performance.
Vidya Balan as Savitribai Phule
Savitribai Phule’s beauty is different from the conventional definition of the word. She was unique in ways more than just one. She was the one who started the first school for girls and also the first Indian woman to become a teacher. Her exemplary life deserves to be crafted into a cinematic experience. Among the current Bollywood actresses, Vidya Balan, with her ethereal beauty and strong woman-oriented characters, is our choice for the role.
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