The stories about women empowerment showcases the masculine side of the woman but veils their feminity. Masculinity gets highlighted because we don’t expect them to behave in an unconventional way whereas feminity gets obscured because it is a part of their nature. Whether it is Rani of Queen or Ayesha of Dil Dhadakne Do, story is the same.
As an audience we overlook the humane side of the portrayals of these strong, independent and ambitious women. Both Rani and Ayesha are kind hearted, caring and family oriented. All they expect is love and self-respect.
Rani is betrayed in love and her marriage called off because her conservative habits would be misfit for her lover who has live abroad. The betrayal ignites a passion for fulfilling her dreams to visit Paris and Amsterdam as part of her honey-moon. It is also a way of escaping her tears and being talk of the town. The trip helps her identify her true self. During vacation she makes friends and respects the relationship. While away from family she remains connected to them. So, the onward journey to self discovery does not make her tipsy and respect for country and its moral values remain intact. Rani does not forget to return the engagement ring to her lover and thanked him as she walks away with a charming smile.
Ayesha, on the other hand, is married to a man who is a controlling, narcissistic husband, who together with his mother disdains her family. Ayesha’s fault – runs her business. However, no one pays heed to her achievement when her photo appears on the cover page of Forbes. She silently bears with her extended family and entertains her husband desires much contrary to her willingness. She expects support from her parents, a helping hand and love. Much to her dismay, denial of these things leads to eruption. She is compelled to choose her own path.
It is not incorrect to conclude by saying that females of the 21st century have not separated themselves from their true self, i.e, inner self created and nurtured by Nature but they have donned on the garb of roles performed by other sex to compete in the rat race. This dual self has undoubtedly empowered them thus, making them competent for survival of the fittest.