1. Vedant Rathod from Kaafir
Be it Ranveer Singh’s Simmba or John Abraham’s Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, films, TV shows, and web series have always played an integral role in shaping the idea of masculinity. However, with changing norms, the codes need redefining too. Man of the moment needs to defy stereotypes and seek inspiration from what stands relevant in today’s time and age. Rather, the worn-out depictions expecting men to put up a power play, flash their moolah and dominate the jungle seems to be getting a tad bit old now. The definition of men who are daring and desirable is certainly changing. The modern man now chases a set of values that sets him apart from the clan. The same can be seen in the demand for strong and realistic male characters compared to those goon-fighting, larger-than-life heroic characters. Patriarchy, machoism is so yesterday!
On the occasion of International Men’s Day, which is celebrated on 19 November every year, we have listed down five male characters from recent screen projects whose road to success is a guiding light for mankind. For starters, Vedant Rathod from ZEE5 Original digital drama Kaafir is a force to reckon with. Upholding humanity as the only religion and courageously (if we may add so) extending generosity beyond borders, the world needs more Vedants to make it a better place.
2. K. Murlidharan from Mission Over Mars (MOM)
It was an all-woman show, one may argue, ZEE5 Original and ALTBalaji Original Mission Over Mars (MOM). But one often forgets that a strong belief system, one built on purpose and meaning, is highly empowering. If not for K. Mrulidharan played by Ashish Vidyarthi in the web series, the four females characters wouldn’t have taken the flight they did. It takes a good leader to let his students shine, without hogging the limelight.
3. Laxmikant Chauhan from Pad Man
In India, menstruation is often considered a taboo. Pad Man tells the story of a man whose faith and conviction enabled him to stand tall against the world, including his own wife, to do what was necessary. Laxmikant Chauhan, played by superstar Akshay Kumar, takes it upon himself to make low-cost sanitary napkins. After being outcast, he perseveres and fights all odds only to go from being a person the society mocked to one the world looked up to.
4. Major Vihaan Shergill from Uri: The Surgical Strike
Aditya Dhar’s 2019 film Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on Indian Army’s retaliation of the 2016 Uri attack. The movie depicts Vicky Kaushal playing Major Vihaan Singh Shergill who leads a team into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for a surgical strike and vows to bring back every soldier alive. “How’s the josh?” roars the leader as his squad hits back “High Sir!”
Despite losing one of his own, Vihaan doesn’t lose touch with humility and handpicks a pilot who swings him to the much-needed victory. Even when the mission was both a personal and duty call, Vihaan not for once walk away with the credit and instead attributed it to every soldier and officer who fought with all their might for their motherland.
5. Abhishek Mehra from Kumkum Bhagya
Life hasn’t been a bed of roses for Abhishek Mehra aka Abhi from Kumkum Bhagya! He is highly successful but he doesn’t measure success by his bank balance alone. The man, who is a rockstar and sought after by countless women on the Zee TV show, longs to be with the love of his life, Pragya. He may be one of the most flawed characters you have ever seen, but lack of authenticity is not something you can blame him for!
He believes that true love isn’t bound by togetherness, as opposed to the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ formula. He may have spent decades apart from Pragya and yet remained loyal and in love with her alone. These values indeed are rare to find and stick by in current times.
Are you ready to walk into the footsteps of these five characters? Tell us who is your male role model in the comments box below!
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