For long, Bollywood has objectified women and portrayed them as mere eye candies. This attitude of Bollywood filmmakers often irked women across the world. The 90s movies were filled with random item songs that in no way contributed to the movie’s storyline. The Indian audience has to be blamed for such a narrow-minded perception of cinemas when it comes to women. Moving over to 2020, we are better off than earlier. Yes, the situation isn’t radically different but we are moving in the right direction.
The last decade has seen some of the most enthralling women-centric movies hit the screens and break all blockbuster records. Here are the best women-centric movies that you must not miss.
1. Queen (2014)
You have to agree to the fact that this movie made the idea of solo honeymoons cool. One of Kangana Ranaut’s best performances on screen, Queen followed the life of a normal middle-class woman who gets ditched by her fiancée. The story unfolds each stage of the lead character’s journey towards finding herself. Engaging, witty, and well-crafted, that’s the queen in a nutshell. Significant credit also goes to Vikas Bahl for directing this masterpiece for Indian Cinema.
2. Pink (2016)
This is the movie that taught the Indian audience the true meaning of consent. Tapsee Pannu’s character, Minal embodied the true essence of womanhood and effectively delivered power-packed scenes that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. If you love courtroom dramas, Pink will tick off all elements on your ‘perfect movie’ checklist.
3. English Vinglish (2012)
English Vinglish marked the comeback of late actress Sridevi into mainstream cinema. This movie was widely acclaimed for its beautiful portrayal of a quintessential Indian woman who struggled to be respected by her family. It also highlighted how Indians have turned English into a status symbol from a language. The sad ignorance of non-English speaking people in western countries was beautifully portrayed in the movie. Sridevi’s portrayal of a character who transformed from a docile wife to an independent and strong woman won many hearts.
4. Kahaani (2012)
Sujoy Ghosh’s cinematic masterpiece, Kahaani celebrated the unyielding strength of women. The immersive screenplay, gripping storyline, and flawless execution of the movie made it shine across world platforms. Based in the city of Kolkata, Kahaani is the story of a pregnant woman who goes searching for her missing husband. Amid the negligence of the police, the protagonist depends on herself to embark on a journey filled with hardships. You’ll be biting your nails as you watch the story unfold with its unexpected twists and turns.
5. Mary Kom (2014)
This movie needs no introduction. Based on the life of Olympic medalist boxer Mary Kom, this movie was a point of highlight in Indian cinema. After this movie, the audience grew open to sports movies and started taking interest in the life of athletes. The protagonist was played by Priyanka Chopra whose powerful acting enhanced Mary Kom’s character on-screen.
Grab a tub of popcorn and celebrate womanhood by watching these movies with your friends.