Talented Indian Female Actors Who Also Moonlight as Successful Producers
By: WE Staff
Indian Female actors are widely popular for a variety of reasons, including their talent, beauty, and the fact that they are often portrayed in glamorous and aspirational roles in Indian cinema. They are proving themselves even on global stages. The talent of Indian actresses is one of the main elements of their appeal. They have a spark in singing, dancing, acting, and whatever role they are playing which puts a great impact on the minds of their audiences and fanbase.
Apart from being famous personalities for their acting skills, they have also gained popularity for their notable activities. Some of them are great climate activists, some have performed the role to educate society, some have performed the roles of real-life heroes who have made the nation proud, some of them even run campaigns for good causes whereas some have turned out to be great producers who have their production labels.
Here are the top six young female actors who have also showcased their talent as successful producers. These actors are redefining the gender norms in the Indian film industry and churning out unique movies.
Popular Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma has produced a number of blockbuster movies under her production company named Clean Slate Filmz. She has produced movies such as NH10, Phillauri, Pari, and Bulbul. She is among the most talented and well-experienced artists in the industry. Anushka founded the production company along with her brother Karnesh Sharma in 2013. In an interview, she mentioned about her love of filmmaking and the value of creating meaningful content. As a producer, she aims to encourage and promote female talent in front of and behind the camera. The majority of films showcase strong female roles that have been directed by women like Prosit Roy, Anvita Dutt, and Konkona Sen Sharma.
One of India's highest-paid actresses, Deepika Padukone established her production company, KA Productions in 2018 with the aim of making films that strongly focus on content that has a positive social impact. The first film that Deepika produced under her production label is Chhapaak, which portrays the story of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. She is moving forward to break the boundaries in Indian cinema to explore new forms of storytelling. She even worked for those films which handle social issues and promotes diversity and inclusivity. Along with Chhapaak, she also produced the film, '83, which revolves around the life of the former captain of the Indian National Cricket team, Kapil Dev.
The well-known Bollywood actress, Desi Girl of Bollywood who has been widely popular in the Hollywood industry as well, Priyanka Chopra has also produced a number of films and television programmes under her production company named, Purple Pebble Pictures. She produced many films such as The Sky is Pink, The White Tiger, Pahuna: The Little Visitors, and Ventilator. With the purpose to support new talent and showcase regional Indian Cinema, she founded her production company Purple Pebble Pictures in 2015. Priyanka has been a strong supporter of women's rights and women’s empowerment. She has utilized this platform to raise awareness about the topics which concern society including domestic violence, gender inequality, and mental health.
Renowned Bollywood actress, Dia Mirza who acquires the title of Miss Asia Pacific has also produced a number of films under her production banner, Born Free Entertainment in 2011. Movies like Love Breakups Zindagi and Bobby Jasoos and the highly anticipated web series Kaafir are produced under her label. Along with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha, she founded her own production company. Dia is mostly dedicated to supporting socially conscious and relevant stories being a producer. Topics such as gender equality, environmental conservation, and social justice revolve around her films and web series.
Along with being such a talented actor and producer, Dia is an active environmentalist. She has been serving as a climate activist for several years. She actively promotes sustainable living and has taken part in numerous campaigns. She is also the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. Dia has contributed to several other humanitarian issues such as the Girl Rising campaign, which supports the empowerment and education of females.
One of Bollywood's most promising young actress, Alia Bhatt is widely popular for the energetic roles she played. She started her production company named Eternal Sunshine Productions in 2015. She started this production label along with her mother Soni Razdan. Her company aims to create films that are both artistically challenging and commercially successful. Alia produced her first film which was a musical drama with a predominantly female cast and crew Darlings. Jasmeet K. Reen is the director of the film along with the cast Alia Bhatt herself as the main protagonist, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, and Roshan Mathew.
Twinkle Khanna is well known for her skills in interior design, she is an author and an actor. She is the wife of legendary actor, Akshay Kumar. She launched her production company named Mrs. Funnybones in 2016 and released its debut movie, "Padman" which stars Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor, and Akshay Kumar. The movie was based on a true story of a social activist and inventor of an affordable sanitary pad manufacturing machine, Arunachalam Muruganantham.