Women’s Day 2021: Panga to Chhapaak; Female-centric Movies that took lead in Bollywood
So, this Women’s Day, we bring you some impressive movies wherein female directors have come up with powerful stories with a women-led film project.
Over the years, the role of women in our society has changed drastically. From being the weaker section of society to being the empowered one who took charge of their respective lives, women have surely come a long way in society. And the same scenario is visible in the showbiz world, wherein women were seen doing meaty roles, but are now also seen in women-oriented movies and telling powerful stories than just being a glamour quotient in a film.
Not just the women are ruling the silver screen with their impressive performances, Bollywood has also witnessed several talented female filmmakers who have shown their skills behind the camera and went on to break the stereotypes. In fact, the women filmmakers have taken the baton in their hands and have been pushing the envelope with every film. But this isn’t the end of the story. Our female filmmakers have also been coming with powerful, women-centric stories which are winning hearts.
While male filmmakers have also come up with female-led films, but watching a woman narrating a women’s story has an altogether different impact. So, this Women’s Day, we bring you some impressive movies wherein female directors have come up with powerful stories with a women-led film project.
Helmed by Gauri Shinde, English Vinglish starring Sridevi in the lead was a story of a woman Shashi who is often mocked for her poor English skills by her husband and kids. Gauri had perfectly captured the emotions, pain and confusion of Shashi who felt disrespected time and again by her loved ones and her will to learn English to gain her self respect. The movie was all about those small moments which gave Shashi a chance to get back her confidence and prove that she wasn’t just born to make laddoos as quoted by her husband in the movie.
This Gauri Shinde directorial, starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, is special in so many ways. Not just it deals with a sensitive topic of mental health and anxiety. But it also threw light on how the society often judges women on their life choices. Be it about their career or their relationship leaving them insecure. While we all could relate to Alia’s character of Kiara, Shah Rukh aka Jehangir Khan’s simple life advice was all that we need to sail through those issues. Meanwhile, Kiara also won hearts with her self dependency, her determination to be a filmmaker and the way she accepted her flaws.
Well, who doesn’t know about acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal? Over the years, a lot has been written about her story, the horrifying incident which she had gone through. And how she has been fighting all the odds of life. Amid this, Meghna Gulzar and Deepika Padukone took a brave step. As they decided to present this heart-wrenching story on the silver screen with Chhapaak. While Deepika played the role of an acid attack survivor Malti. Meghna perfectly captured the pain, aggression, fear, anger and other emotions. Malti went through after she became the victim of an acid attack. The movie not just dealt with the issue sensitively while condemning it. But also hailed Laxmi’s courage to fight for her life.
It is always said that woman is one of the strongest creations by God. Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal is proof to this. The story happens to revolve around an innocent college girl who ends up being an Indian spy. And is married to a Pakistani Army officer during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The spy thriller perfectly shows the graph of a naive college student undergoing special training for being a spy to her nervousness of being a new bride and then being a smart spy. It was indeed a roller coaster ride.
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari grabbed a lot of attention when she had collaborated with Kangana Ranaut and Jassie Gill for Panga. The movie narrated the story of a former Kabaddi player who took a sabbatical from the game. And got engrossed in her ghar-grihasti.
However, she decides to get back in the game. After a couple of years on the insistence of her husband and son. Thus begins her journey of breaking the stereotypes about a married woman playing on the ground. This story was indeed a motivational one.