Greatest female movie characters of the decade.   Leave a comment

O Woman, you are not merely the handiwork of God, but also of men; these are ever endowing you with beauty from their own hearts … You are one-half woman and one-half dream. – Rabindranath Tagore

Here’s the list of greatest female movie characters of the decade or perhaps the most influential women in cinema purely because of their ability to understand and comprehend life, love more than anybody else.

10. Eva in Wall-E (2008)

Eve(Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) is state-of-the-art probe-droid. She’s sleek, fast, agile and attractive, On a classified mission to earth she meets wall-e who instantly falls in love with her. Initially she’s driven by spaceship’s directive. However, that completely changes when she interacts with wall-e. Even though they are robots, both have gigantic personalities, values and teach us the meaning of being human.

9. The Bride/Beatrix kiddo/Black mamba in Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 (2003/2004)

Uma thruman as the Bride/kiddo/Blackmamba, is a member of a group of assassins. When she deviates away from being an assassin and desire to live normally, she’s brutally assaulted and her loved ones are slaughtered. The movie is a story of redemption, her ability to tolerate pain and injury herself. She embarks on a journey in order to accomplish something very specific. She transcends a legacy of violence and delusion to become reacquainted with her innate nature.

8. Celine in Before Sunset (2004)

Julie Delpy as Celine, a perfect example for beauty with brains. Was totally blown away by her brilliance, intellect, her beautiful understanding of life. Her eyes, so expressive, mischievous that they leave you with ever lasting bliss and peace.  Everything in her is just perfect and her contemplative words in the movie, still echoes in my head “The concept is absurd. The idea that we can only be complete with another person is evil! Right.?”

7. Chameli (2003)

Kareena Kapoor as Chameli, a sex worker with a beautiful soul. This role/character as chameli is Kareena’s finest performance ever. Though she is a prostitute, doesn’t give a damn about how society thinks or cares, lives her life in her style. She provides solace to Aman(Rahul bose) and changes his life forever.

6. Michelle McNally in Black(2005)

Rani Mukerjee as Michelle McNally , an Inspirational Story of a blind-deaf girl who glorifies human spirit. The movie is partly based on Helen Keller’s life; she was the first deaf-blind person to achieve a bachelor degree in arts. The difficulty, pain that tags along with such abnormality evaporates once she beings to perceive the world through the eyes of her teacher, the process itself is inspiring and a class in itself.

5. Malú in Viva Cuba (2005)Malú Tarrau Broche as Malú, the movie focuses on friendship of a young boy (Jorgito) and girl (Malú). It also depicts how family conflicts effects children. Malu is a brave young girl who has a mature, calm head and ventures out to find solutions. She and Jorgito argue/fight but they are great friends and like each other very much. In search of malu’s father, they travel across the country in every mode of transport available. The only Ideology endorsed in this film is that adult cynicism is never a match of the children’s benevolent outlook.

4. Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski, with all the wonderful imperfectness in her, Clementine is magical. The movie’s concept is a bit metaphysical yet realistic. Clementine is eccentric with her ever changing hair, sensuous approach, with loads of insecurities, she is selfish yet sacrificial and the love towards her boyfriend (Joel – Jim carrey) is eternal. The following statement totally sums up her personality “I’m not a concept. Too many guys think I’m a concept or I complete them or I’m going to make them alive, but I’m just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don’t assign me yours.”

3. Chihiro in Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi ) (2001)

Chihiro is a 10 year-old girl who is whiny, cynical and spoiled.  Spirited away is a story of finding her true self in the spirit land where she is forced to work and obey rules/regulations, she then transforms into a hard-working, cooperative, positive young woman. She confronts her fears and insecurities and bravely faces challenges without any protest. The movie also addresses on the topics like personal growth and social values and also on chihiro’s humane spirit that grows tall beyond boundaries.

2. Gulabi in Gulabi Talkies (2008)

Umashree as Gulabi, is a simple peace-loving woman leading a lonely life in a small village and her passion is cinema.  She is so rooted in the ethos of her culture that almost all her gestures in the film are universal in their portrayal and reflection on life. Nothing can shake her beliefs or her faith. It is her simplicity and her profound understanding towards life that makes her so special. She is satisfied with what she has, neither cringes nor be embarrassed of what she does. She is her own woman and truthfully lives her life to its fullest.

1. Amélie Poulin in Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)

Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain, she is perhaps the most beautiful girl that I have ever come across. The movie is just brilliant , it is a kind of movie you can watch every time and you feel that you’ve discovered more happiness and your heart just swells up like a balloon. Amelie derives happiness in making others happy and feels a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction in it. She is very curious and also derives pleasure from small insignificant things. She grows to be larger-than-life on the big screen (just as we alternately grow and shrink in life as the subjects of self-scrutiny, self-centeredness and an endless trail of actions and reactions.) She is sort of timeless too. She’s part contemporary, part a throwback to a different era altogether. Vivid enough up close to color the world around her as a painter would a canvas. And… she’s all about little things. She’s in essence a little thing herself.


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