For a long span of time, women have been consigned to the sidelines. Picking a profession, not to mention a vocation that numerous looked downward on, must not have been simple for these trailblazing ladies. Hindi cinema, for a very long time, was never a profession esteemed fit for a ‘respectable lady’. In any case, these ladies thought outside the box and became an inspiration for all.
1. Nargis Dutt:
The First Female Actor To Win A National Award
Nargis is one of the greatest actors who is the first female to receive the National Film Award for Raat Aur Din (1967). Her performance is best known in Radha in the Academy Award-nominated Mother India (1957).
2. Fatma Begum:
The First Female Director
She is the first female director of Hindi cinema. She launched her own production house, Fatma Films. Fatma in the span of four years went on to write, produce and direct many films.
3. B. R. Vijayalakshmi:
The First Female Cinematographer
B. R. Vijayalakshmi is India’s first female cinematographer as well as the first in Asia. She has worked in 22 feature films and the last one was Pattu Paadava in 1995.
4. Anjuli Shukla:
The First Woman To Win National Award For Cinematography
Shukla is the only Indian woman who won the National Film Award for her performance as a cinematographer. It was her debut film, Kutty Srank, that got her the prestigious award in 2010.
5. Rajkumari Dubey:
The First Female Playback Singer
At the age of 11, she joined the cinema as a child actor in Radhe Shyam Aur Zulmi Hans (1932). she is well known for her songs, Sun Bairi Baalam Sach Bol Re in Bawre Nain (1950), Ghabaraa Ke Jo Hum Sar Ko Takraayan in Mahal (1949) and Najariya Ki Maari in Pakeezah (1972), Rajkumari, in her career sang for almost 100 films.
6. Saroj Khan:
The First Female Choreographer In Bollywood
Saroj Khan is one of the most notable Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. She got her first break as an independent choreographer in 1974. She has choreographed more than 2000 songs.
7. Devika Rani:
The First Female To Establish Bombay Talkies Studios
Devika along with her husband Himanshu Rai, established one of India’s first well-equipped studios, Bombay Talkies in 1934.
In a male-dominated industry, these talented women made their own place with their incredible talent and they deserve all our effort.