Mother India, Andhi, Arth, Jai Gangaajal, Queen: Movies to watch this Women’s Day

Mother India, Andhi, Arth, Jai Gangaajal, Queen: Movies to watch this Women’s Day

Bollywood has shown some real women power onscreen in the form of women-centric films. Films like Nargis' Mother India, Shabana Azmi's Mirch Masala, Jai Gangaajal and Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan's Kahaani should be on your watch list today as we celebrate Womens' Day.

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Bollywood has shown some real women power onscreen in the form of women-centric films. Films like Nargis' Mother India, Shabana Azmi's Mirch Masala, Jai Gangaajal and Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan's Kahaani should be on your watch list today as we celebrate Womens' Day. The trend of female oriented films began long back in the year 1957 with black and white films like Mother India and Aandhi. Eversince then, we have witnessed some of the finest actresses in the industry treat the audience by taking a film on their shoulders alone.

mother india

Mother India (1957): Any day this film starring the very versatile Nargis Dutt should ne on the top of your list. Upholding the importance of women in the society and showing her powers to the society was the 1957 release Mother India. Nargis played the role of a mother of two sons (Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar). She faces many hurdles during the course of time when her children are growing up. Fighting all circumstances, she is proved a strong woman throughout the movie. The film was directed by Mehboob Khan and it earned Nargis the Best Actress Filmfare award.


Aandhi (1957): Aandhi was another film in 1957 which brought women actors into limelight. This was the movie which began the trend of women centric films. Starring Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar in lead roles, the film is about a hotel manager and a politician's daughter falling in love, getting separated and re-uniting.

Mirch Masala

Mirch Masala (1987): Ketan Mehta's Mirch Masala starring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Raj Babbar is about a woman who fights against her powerful oppressor.


Arth (1982): Arth was a strong movie by Mahesh Bhatt which portrays the story of a woman who is left stranded by her director husband for another woman. It is then she goes out in search of her own identity. The film earned Shabana Azmi a National award.

Bhumika: the role

Bhumika: The Role (1977): Shyam Benegal's Bhumika is another film to add to your list of movies this Women's Day. Another Smita Patil movie, the actress won a National Award for the same. The film also featured Amol Palekar, Anant Nag, Naseeruddin Shah and Amrish Puri.

Bandit Queen

Bandit Queen (1994): Bandit Queen is another film that makes for a good watch on the occasion of Women's Day. Based on the life of dacoit turned politician Phoolan Devi, it depicts instances from her life which will give you goosebumps. Directed by Shekhar Kapur, the film features Seema Biswas in the lead role.


Damini (1993): Damini starring Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sunny Deol and Rishi Kapoor was about a woman who drags her brother-in-law and his friends for raping their house maid. She faces obstacles during her various attempts to get justice and comes out strong and victorious. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film released in 1993.

Chandni Bar

Chandni Bar (2001): Tabu starrer Chandni Bar, which won a total of four National Awards is about a girl who moves to Mumbai and falls a victim to the Mumbai underworld, dance bars and prostitution. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the film also features Atul Kulkarni, Ananya Khare, Rajpal Yadav, Minakshi Sahani and Vishal Thakkar.


Queen (2013): Kangana Ranaut's 'Queen' showed women power to the core in the 2013 release Queen. The actress proved her versatility in the Vikas Bahl directed film. This film is a must watch on the occasion of Women's Day.

Jai Gangaajal

Jai Gangaajal (2016): Priyanka Chopra's Jai Gangaajal is the latest to join the list of female centric movies. The actress, who is impressing her fans in real life as well by achieving great heights of success not in India alone, but in the western countries also has been applauded for her acting in Prakash Jha's Jai Gangaajal. Director Prakash Jha also made his debut as an actor in this film, but Priyanka stole the show with her breakthrough performance. The film released on March 4.


Mardaani (2014): Viewers were left jaw dropped on seeing Rani Mukerji play the role of a journalist Shivani Shivaji Roy. The actress left us amazed at the stunts she performed and of course the strength she portrayed on screen in the film. Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, the film which also starrer Tahir bhasin as the antagonist released in 2014.

Mary Kom

Mary Kom (2014): Priyanka Chorpa was a stunner in the biopic of real life wrestler Mary Kom. The actress did pure justice to the role and we saw a strong actress go against all odds to achieve success in the film. From getting into the shoes of real Mary Kom to playing a gentle mother and a wife in the film, Priyanka sure managed to impress her fans. Directed by Omung Kumar, the film released in 2014.

Gulaab Gang

Gulaab Gang (2013): Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla made an appealing comeback on screen in 2013 with the film Gulaab gang. Based on the real life story, the film was strongly appreciated on the basis of story like and of course Madhuri's acting was breathtaking. The film was directed by Soumik Sen.

English Vinglish

Kahaani (2012): Vidya Balan took the story of story of her film Kahaani on her shoulders alone. The actress, who played a pregnant software engineer, Vidya Baghchi goes to Kolkata from London in search of her missing husband. The film is a perfect watch on this day. Kahaani was directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

No One Killed Jessica

No One Killed Jessica (2011): Another Rani Mukerji's woman centric film, No One Killed Jessica was based on the Jessica Lal case. The actress played the role of a journalist who breaks the inside truth of the case, while Vidya Balan was also seen in a pivotal role in the film. Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, No One Killed Jessica released in 2011.

The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture (2011): Vidya Balan became the queen of female oriented films with The Dirty Picture. She played the role of a falling southern siren Silk Smitha and how she rose to fame. She also won several awards the same year for her performance in this Milan Luthria film. Also starring Emraan Hashmi and Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya was the one who walked away with the limelight.


Fashion (2008): Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion brought together beauties like Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Mugdha Godse. Another women oriented movie, the film shows women power to the extreme. The story of the film revolves around a small town girl Megna Mathur (Priyanka) and her journey to success in the glamorous world of fashion.


Lajja (2001): Madhuri Dixit and Manisha Koirala impressed their fans in Lajja. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film was a journey of four different women who were a victim to male chauvinism. It is through common circumstances that they are brought together.