Epitome of beauty, glamour, and femininity is the women characters of Bangla TV serials. What made them secondary characters to the male characters is their voice, either submissive or quarrelsome. But there are a few iconic female characters in Bangla TV dramas who are strong, spirited and fierce and broke the barrier at their time.
Hurmati from Shongshoptok
Hurmati, played by Ferdousi Majumder, the veteran actor, is one of the iconic characters of Bangla TV serials. The adaptation of Shahidullah Kaiser's novel Shongshoptok, the TV series by Selim Al Deen is a timeless creation.
In an urban setting, the struggle of a woman, against all odds, has been portrayed crucially. On that continuation, Hurmati cuts off Ramjan's ear, who attempts to rape her. Even when Hurmati got pregnant, being a victim of Bourgeoisie of the village, she did not stop being bold and rebellious.
Mona from Kothao Keo nei
Mona, a working woman, belonged to a lower-middle-class family. She took care of her maternal uncle's family and her cousins.
For better or worse, she was always there for the family. No doubt that she was ahead of her time. When other girls of her age were getting married and planning to have a family, she carried out her responsibilities towards the family who gave shelter to her.
Rohima'r Maa from Bohubrihi
Rohimar Maa or Rohima's mother appeared in the popular serial Bohubrihi in the early 90's. At a time when housemaids were looked down upon and had little to no importance in TV serials, Rohimar Maa stood out from the rest. She used to wear sunglasses and participated in family discussions. Mahmuda Khatun portrayed the character and broke the stereotypical representation of a housemaid.
Angurlata from Tarporo Angurlata Nando Ke Bhalobashey
Joya Ahsan, one of the most popular actors of her time, portrayed Angurlata. As a 'Jatra Princess' in the TV drama "Tarporo Angurlata Nando Ke Bhalobashey", Angurlata works as a prostitute to give her beloved Nando a proper burial. The serial was shot at the Goalondo Rajbari red light area, which houses about 1500 sex workers.
Despite her struggles with her addicted husband and her clients, Angurlata's charm and tenacity have made her one of the strongest characters.