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Kanika Dhillon

Where: Manmarziyaan, Kedarnath, Judgementall Hai Kya

Why: To write strong leading roles for women you need strong women writers, and Kanika Dhillon has written three fabulously disruptive heroines in a short span: Rumi from Manmarziyaan, Mukku from Kedarnath, and Bobby from Judgementall Hai Kya are messy, fiery characters who get the upper hand over their male counterparts. Also worth noting is Dhillon’s conscious effort to put herself out there as one of the main brains behind her films, a necessary effort to counter the bias against writers in the movie business. On Manmarziyaan, she was both writer and creative producer. With the Netflix film Guilty up next, Dhillon seems to be a woman with a plan.




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