Why We Need to Appreciate Padmé Amidala

In spirit of #SWisagirlthingtoo making its way around Twitter, I thought now would be the perfect time to make a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. Star Wars up until recently has not given much attention to its heroines, perhaps with the exception of the iconic Princess and General Leia Organa. It is incredibly sad that it has taken this long for the franchise to realise that characters such as Leia, Padmé and Rey (as well as the many animated heroines we have met such as Ahsoka and Hera) have been and will forever continue to be definitive factors in the way many girls have and will grow up.

When it comes to Star Wars, I loved Leia and I love Rey, but they are both not the heroine I connected with. I connected with former Queen and then Senator Padmé Amidala from the highly criticised (although increasingly less so) prequels and then again in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Any Padmé fan knows that loving her as a character most often means you’ll often be told that in the end she did ‘nothing but cry over Anakin’ or is in no way comparable to her daughter, you’ll find it frustrating that no reference is made to her at all following Episode III and you’ll know that she has little to no presence in merchandising even when you are more than willing to throw coins down Disney’s way for her.

But Padmé deserves to overcome all of the above. Padmé constantly has to battle against both what people expected her to be (arguably a Leia clone) and the often restrictive and limiting definitions of what makes a “strong female character”, especially in pop culture. Regardless, here is why Padmé is such an underappreciated and amazing character.

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ख़ूबसूरत (khubsurat) - beautiful

बड़ा (bada) - big

गहरा (gahara) - deep

लम्बा (lamba)  -  long

संकीर्ण (sankeern) - narrow

कम (kam) - short

छोटा (chhota) - small

लंबा (lanba) - tall

गाढ़ा (gadha) - thick

पतला (patala) - thin

चौड़ा (chauda) - wide 

कड़वा (kadava) - bitter 

ताज़ा (taza) - fresh

नमकीन (namakeen) - salty 

खट्टा (khatta) - sour

मसालेदार (masaledaar) - spicy 

मीठा (meetha) - sweet 

बुरा (bura) - bad 

स्वच्छ (svachh) - clean 

अंधेरा (andhera) - dark 

कठिन (kathin) - difficult 

गंदा (ganda) - dirty

सूखा (sookha) - dry 

आसान (aasaan) - easy 

रिक्त (rikt) - empty

महंगा (mahanga) - expensive 

उपवास (upavaas) - fast

विदेशी (videshi) - foreign 

पूर्ण (poorn) - full 

अच्छा (achchha) - good   

कठिन (kathin) - hard 

भारी (bhari) - heavy 

सस्ता (sasta) - inexpensive

प्रकाश (prakash) - light 

स्थानीय (sthaneeya) - local 

नया (naya) - new

शोर (shor) - noisy

पुराना (purana) - old

शक्तिशाली (shaktishali) - powerful

शांत (shaant) - quiet

सही (sahi) - correct

धीमा (dheema) - slow

मुलायम (mulayam) - soft

कमज़ोर (kamazaor) - weak

गीला (geela) - wet

ग़लत (galat) - wrong

युवा (yuva) - young

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