Women’s Day Special : Here are 9 Bollywood Movies That Celebrate Womanhood

Anchal Shukla

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता:।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफला: क्रिया:|

This is a verse from ancient scripture, Manusmriti which means “Where Women are honored, divinity blossoms there, and where women are dishonored, all action no matter how noble remain unfruitful.”

We didn’t take a leaf from ancient wisdom and exploitation of women is  an all time high in current scenario. And since art imitates life, most of our movies have male actors as central characters and the women protagonist’s role is to make her hero look better, satiate the demented urges of audience by dancing on raunchy numbers or be in the frame as a beautiful but dispensable accessory.

It’s a shame that more than 100 years of cinema has passed but we still have just handful of movies that could truly be called as women centric.

A few of them we are listing here and you can watch them right now on these digital platforms.

1. Queen

This is a classic movie of recent times. A naive and shy girl marches on solo honeymoon trip after her fiancé suddenly calls of the wedding. Narrative is funny and sometimes delves in profound sentiments. Rani overcomes her inferiority complexes that are thrust into her by the people she loved and grows into a confident woman.
Currently streaming on Netflix

2. Piku

The main character Piku runs an architectural firm and her personal life is preoccupied by her 70 year old father, Bhaskor Banerjee who is constantly obsessed with his bowel movements. This fun ride tells how a woman can solely carry the weight of family, career and emotions without being grumpy about them.
Currently streaming on Hotstar

3. English Vinglish

This story revolves around a  mother who found her lost confidence in a foreign land while learning English and realised that English is just another language and not a benchmark of literacy.
Currently streaming on Jio Cinema

4. Pink

A movie that became synonymous with “No means No” and gave a loud and strong message for consent.
Currently streaming on Netflix

5. Manikarnika

The thing interesting about this movie is that this is made on a real life event. Kangana Ranaut starrer reminisced the story of courage and valour of a great Indian warrior queen who gave a tough time to imperialists.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video

6. Nil Batey Sannata

A house maid enrolled herself in school so that she can teach Mathematics to her disinterested daughter who is failing her exams. Chanda, played by Swara Bhaskar, is such a inspirational character which will linger on for days.
Currently streaming on Google Play Movies

7. Raazi

In this another fantastic biopic, Alia Bhatt plays a spy who risks it all for the sake of her nation.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video

8. Mary Kom

Who doesn’t know Mary Kom? But what we don’t know about, is her personal struggles and her tough path to success. This movie makes us acquainted with exactly that.
Currently streaming on Netflix
9. Aisha

Good looking South Delhi girls, having first world problems. But undeniably it was the most fashion centric movie in contemporary Indian cinema. (And girls love fashion, ask multimillion fashion Industry) Movie tapped on that and also, Sonam Kapoor solely deserve the credit for making the job of celebrity stylist so mainstream.
Currently streaming on Jio Cinema

List out your favourite movies down below in comments. Happy Women’s Day, peeps! 👑




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