March 8 – A day when the entire world celebrates the spirit of womanhood because it is International Women’s Day. Today, we would like to dedicate this piece to all the strong-willed filmmakers and actors who have broken fresh ground and challenged the stinky stereotypes that women are thrust upon. Ever since the world of cinema has come into existence, the majority of the films have revolved around the male lead and his oh-so-wow heroism. Unfortunately, the role of a female lead was strictly restricted to being an arm-candy and wandering around with the love of her life. Not this International Women's Day, no.
It was only recently when Bollywood started depicting, rather acknowledging the true essence of a woman on the silver screen. Let’s credit the ever-growing talks on feminism and women empowerment. In the earlier times, a woman was presented as an ‘abla naari'. The current times depict her as no less than a ‘wonder woman,’ we've all have grown up! Here’s to the films that didn’t require a male hero to save the story!
This film is a ‘once in a lifetime’ joyride that Rani portrayed by Kangana Ranaut takes you through. The film revolves around how Rani discovers herself on a solo honeymoon trip after being dumped by her stalker-turned-ex fiancé. Queen captures all the feminine emotions, be it being witty, gritty, funny, and emotional. It brings in a very subtle cinematic portrayal of a woman, which is much more than being a mother, a sister or a wife. It is one of the best Kangana Ranaut films and let’s not forget that this was the revolutionary film that bought in ‘Kangana the actor.’
This is one of the most heart-warming daughter-father tale, presented in a very unique manner. It won’t be wrong to say that, here Piku was the single mother, who took care of her 90-year-old baby and his never-ending tantrums. This movie will leave you with a weird sense of responsibility, something we all know but we don’t want to accept and have forgotten down the road. Deepika Padukone’s portrayal of Piku is applaud-worthy and for a change, she overshadowed the legendary Big B in this one.
#3 Lipstick Under My Burkha
This movie is a tale of four women who are deprived of some of the most important needs in their lives and wish to break out and live their desires. Irrespective of the consequences. Konkona Sen Sharma (Shireen Aslam), is deprived of love and is only remembered when her husband needs her in bed. Ahana Kumra (Leela) a beautician wants to settle with the love of her life. Ratna Shah Pathak (Usha) a 55-year-old woman who finds sexual reawakening through a telephone romance with her young swimming coach. Rehana Abidi (Plabita Borthakur), a teenager who secretly seeks the freedom to be who she wants. Alankrita’s efforts to break the shackles of the society through this unapologetic film that was rightly successful and celebrated.
A story of a female spy who risks her life and saves her motherland from falling prey to its enemies, Alia Bhatt's Raazi does what a very few patriotic (yet women-centric films) in Bollywood manage to do. She pulls off a tight script with her amazing acting. Alia’s portrayal of Sehmat deserves all the praises as she manages to get into the skin of the character so comfortably that you can feel the pain she is emoting.
#5 Margarita With A Straw
Directed by Shonali Bose, this film is a coming-of-age tale of Laila - a young romantic with cerebral palsy. In a wheelchair, she embarks on a journey of sexual liberation and discovery. Her invigorating adventures as a student abroad cause a rift in herself and with those that she is closest to. This is an unexpected delight to watch.
#6 Angry Indian Goddesses
Angry Indian Goddesses is India's first female buddy film. It paints a realistically fresh portrait of women in modern India. A reunion sees closest girlfriends from all over India to travel to Goa for marriage. An impromptu bachelorette goes on roller-coaster ride of girl bonding; friendships, break ups, make ups, fuck-ups, passion, devastation, hesitation, terrorisation and self-realisation.