Kareena Kapoor’s Geet in Jab We Met, Katrina Kaif’s Laila in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and Anushka Sharma’s Akira in Jab Tak Hai Jaan – they all have something in common. They’re all Manic Pixie Dream Girls. And while we all love Bollywood movies, the same can’t be said about their representation of female characters. But who exactly is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl? And what’s so wrong with what she represents?

So what about the MPDG makes her character recognisable? A few common characteristics include being quirky, outgoing, brash, mostly attractive and ultra-feminine, and having eclectic tastes. But the most important perhaps, is her fulfilling the purpose of solely being the male protagonist’s love interest, to make him see the hidden beauty of the world, to make him see the wonder that is life. To know more about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl – watch this video.

Also read: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Shifting Focus From MEN To ME

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Nishtha is a former student of philosophy and enjoys discussions on ethics. She's currently a video journalist and wants to make films some day. When not working Nishtha can be found hoarding stationery, listening to ghazals and playing with her dog.

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