It seems that Bollywood movies have not given woman their fair share. Because in most of the movies women are offered roles seemingly futile & of no use. They are just treated as a way to increase sex appeal for any movie. However, there are certain movies where Indian women played lead roles and became bigger hits than most of the male-dominated movies that are made in Bollywood.
The characters were so strong that to this date you would remember each one of them. Have a look yourself.
1. No One Killed Jessica
Based on killing of Jessica Lall, the movie offers a great combination of a kick ass journalist Meera Gaity and Sabrina Lall, sister of Jessica Lall, who go through harsh realities of the entire political system to get justice for her deceased sister. You will see some power packed dialogues by both of them.
2. Chandni Bar
Tabu came to limelight only after this movie. Tabu portrayed a strong character of a tolerant bar girl.
3. 7 Khoon Maaf
Susanna kills her 7 husbands one after the other in her unending quest for true love. The movie was base on Ruskin Bond’s novel ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’.
4. Mother India
In this movie, Radha (played by Nargis) showed high moral values and concept of self-sacrifice. The movies also portray struggles of a farmer woman against poverty, nature and a corrupt money lender.
The movie shows the transformation of Rani a simple, shy and an innocent Punjabi girl to a bold, confident and an independent woman. This is one movie that you shouldn’t miss.
The movie simply shows the brutal reality of women and their place in our society. Every female character had its own strength.
7. Mary Kom
If someone says you that women can’t do anything. Tell them to watch this movie. How a small town girl shows the will and courage to achieve her dreams.
The movie portrays the life a woman who follows her heart and dreams and rejects every male companion just to achieve her dreams.
The movie portrays the strength of a deaf and dumb girl to achieve something big in her life. Hats off to such a powerful acting by Rani.
Rani doesn’t stop from playing strong characters in the movie. This movie is no different. The character is based on a real-life cop who solved several child trafficking cases.
The movie liberates a woman from its dependency on a man or any other man for that matter just to live an independent life.
12. Mirch Masala
Son Bai played by Smita Patil still remain one of the powerful female characters in Indian cinema. A story of a woman who refuses to give in to a subedar.
The movie liberates a woman from male chauvinism that exist for so long in our society.
14. The Lunchbox
Ila (Nimrat Kaur) finally realizes that the true freedom is not in the life she is currently leading. And for the first time she listens to her heart and finds a life she always hoped to live.
15. English Vinglish
The movie revolves around the life of housewife named Shashi who is always suppressed and bullied for her bad English by her family. It shows a dramatic transformation of a shy and simple housewife to a confident and bold woman.
16. Dirty Picture
Here was on display (pun intended) erotic and sensual power of a woman who made no bones about her physicality and in fact, flaunts it, to hell with inhibitions and repressed sexuality.
Vidya Bagchi glued all the viewers to the edge seats till the end. It was perhaps one of the strongest roles played by Vidya Balan.
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