Much jazz is strewn around these days on feminism throughout the country. Women want equal rights. Their honour. And they want it now. New innovative ways of protest are seen around the subcontinent. However, this article is not political at all. It is about the bravest, fiercest and strongest women who have coloured the silver screen throughout cinema’s history. When not given what is right, they have snatched it away. They are wonderful and vibrant women. This is a post for remembering female warriors in movies.
Let us start with a recent film which is still fresh in everyone’s mind. I was completely knocked over by the character Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Though the franchise is based on Max, Furiosa really stands out as the braver woman. She has a robot arm, is an expert with guns, and drives like a pro. She is a compassionate and brave woman raised in the harshest imaginable circumstances in a dystopian future, where even water is a luxury and men thus are cruel and selfish. Her compassion is to free the wives of the tyrant Immortan Joe that kickstarts the events in the movie. Her iron-like determination to save these girls is what leaves the audience breathless and amazed by her character.
- ELLEN RIPLEY
Another memorable female warrior in movies I have always admired for rising to the occasion is Ellen Ripley from the Aliens quadrilogy. She is not at all glamorous when introduced to the audience. She was an astronaut on a spaceship who showed what the will of instinct could do when subject to great pressure. Just imagine yourself on a spaceship with the deadliest alien, all your colleagues dead, and the spacecraft is about to blow off in five minutes. All this in outer space, somewhere no one can hear you scream. This woman had guts to bow down to.
Japanese movies have always had a beautiful aestheticism in their making and cinematography. And a Japanese female warrior whom world cinema enthusiasts have always looked up to is Lady Snowblood. Young Yuki, born in a women’s prison, grows up to be the stunningly beautiful moral assassin Lady Snowblood, a unique blend of magnanimity, righteousness, courage and skill.
Now to my favourite woman character ever. Beatrix Kiddo, a.k.a. Black Mamba, a.k.a The Bride, is the deadliest woman in the world with a sword. And when her ex-boss, who is also her ex-lover, Bill, messes with her on the day of her wedding rehearsal along with the other members of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, she sets out after four years on a roaring rampage of revenge to Kill Bill. And when it came to Bill, she made sure she killed him before she cried her heart out. She’s an unstoppable force. All male chauvinism comes and rests at her feet.
These are a few of the most inspiring cinema characters that will always be looked up to for their courage and would leave a mark on the heart of cinephiles forever and ever.