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The way feature films look at its women characters has drastically changed over the years. From a time when heroines were only meant to up the glamour quotient to the last two years when women-centric films have become the norm. Not only are we seeing more and more films that tell the story from a women’s perspective but the movies can now also boast of some of the strongest and most level-headed female characters.
Here is the list of film.
Vikas Bahl did something terrific with his 2014 film Queen. One of the best coming-of-age stories Bollywood has seen, Queen sees Kangana Ranaut’s Rani transform from a timid small-town girl to a strong independent woman, who has the guts to speak her heart out to the man who broke it in the first place. Together with Rajkummar Rao’s marvellous performance, Queen shines in its light-heartedness, simplicity and normalcy.
Another film devoid of the glamourous Bollywood sheen, it focused on the middle-class suburban household. Sulochana’s achievements may not be so noteworthy on the surface but the fact that she doesn’t lose her identity even when she transitions from being a housewife to a sensuous RJ is truly remarkable. While Vidya Balan is completely in her element as Sulu, Suresh Triveni’s writing and direction are able to add various shades of a woman to Sulu who walks a tight rope between her domestic demands and overnight fame.
#3 Anaarkali of Aarah
Far from a conventional female lead, Swara Bhasker’s Anaarkali is a Bhojpur folk singer who songs are replete with sexual innuendoes. On being molested by a university Vice-Chancellor (Sanjay Mishra), Anaarkali wages a battle against the male-dominated, misogynistic world and raises a very pertinent question about consent. It delivers a very strong “No means No” message with its flamboyant realism questioning a lot of societal stereotypes.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is a one-of-a-kind movie. The way Alankrita Shrivastava talks about the sexual urges of its four female protagonists, who range from an 18-year-old college girl whose father doesn’t allow her to leave the house without a burkha to a 55-year-old widow who has been dignified to the status of a universal “Buaji” by her family, is not the only thing that is special about this film. Lipstick Under My Burkha goes much beyond that, it talks about a woman’s free space, her desires and her right to live life on her own terms.
Director Gauri Shinde brings to the screens a very relatable scenario of a middle-aged woman living in the shadows of her family, struggling with the English language and looking for a chance to go out and do something for herself. But Shashi not only decides to embark on trip to a foreign land all alone but she also learns English and silences everyone who had ever doubted her confidence. Sridevi is brilliant in her craft, as always.
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