Deepika Padukone in 'Fighter To Kangana Ranaut in 'Tejas': B-Town Divas Who Played Indian Armed Forces Officers on Screen

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New Delhi: As women officers found representation in the Indian Armed Forces by being included in combat roles and combat streams, Bollywood was not far behind in giving them agency on screens too as they along with their male counterparts proudly wore his gallons. They gave a great blow, they were tough and they were on par when it came to making decisions.

Deepika Padukone in wrestler

His entry as squad leader Minal Rathore was impressive. As a woman on par with her counterparts, she demonstrated that gender was not an indicator of talent or abilities. However, her challenge in proving her worth was not to have her team recognize her, but rather to prove to her parents that when given wings, girls can fly.

Jhanvi Kapoor, Gunjan Saxena

Based on the real-life story of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, who created history by becoming the first female Indian Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone in 1999. A story of perseverance and determination, of flying high Against all odds.

Kriti Kulhari, Uri, The Surgical Strike

Although her male counterpart, Major Vihaan Shergil (Vicky Kaushal), could have shouted how's the joke? But Kriti Kulhari, as the feisty Flight Lieutenant Seerat Kaur, endeared herself to her performance.

Diana Penty, Parmanu The Story of Pokhran

'Parmanu The Story of Pokhran', based on India's nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998, won applause. Diana Penty took on the role of Captain Ambalika Bandyopadhyay, playing a strong officer in an otherwise testosterone-driven narrative.

Kangana Ranaut, Texas

Playing Wing Commander Tejas Gill demonstrating his show of strength in combat operations, Kangana Ranaut's Tejas landed sadly despite having its heart in the right place, with its narrative less than lackluster.