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Understanding gender disparity in Bollywood's great 'comeback'

As opposed to their male counterparts, female stars are categorised to be on a 'comeback trail' after staying away from Bollywood for even 2-3 years.

Unlike male stars who are called selective or choosy when they decide to do a film every two or three years, women stars are categorised to be on a comeback trail if similar periods of inactivity marks the space between two releases. The recently released Helicopter Eela (2018) is yet another example of this disparity that puts undue focus on any film where a traditional male lead is missing.

The reactions might be bad but that’s largely due to a lacklustre narrative or bad execution but because the film was seen as a comeback of sorts, and therefore, anything less than stupendous box office run would be seen as a great failure.

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