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5 times Bollywood made women-centric films like Lipstick Under My Burkha and nailed it!

Films like Lipstick Under My Burkha are more than just movies, they are an indelible experiences.

Written by: Reshu Manglik, New Delhi [ Published on: July 23, 2017 13:04 IST ]
5 Bollywood women-centric movies that aced at feminism

Bollywood is a harbinger of hope in the times where women empowerment has become a mere term. Every now and then, our Indian cinema comes up with substantial topics and creates a mark in our heart forever. Recently, an overtly women-oriented movie called Lipstick Under My Burkha released in theatres. Despite the controversies prevailing around the topic, the film got rave reviews from both audience and critic. It was destined to happen. You don’t need a huge star-cast and bulky budgets to create a masterpiece. Just a strong message and a hard-hitting subject is enough to create a history. It’s not the first time that Bollywood has forayed into the world of women empowerment. There have been a number of films around women friendship and feminism that garnered much critical acclaim. Let’s talk about them. 

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The film portrays the beauty of women friendships in the best manner it could. Directed by Leena Yadav, the film was nominated for Best Screenplay at 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2016. Currently, the movie enjoys the 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received several accolades from the film critics. 

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Women friendships are the rarest thing to be seen in Bollywood films. But this Nagesh Kukunoor film takes a dive into women friendships in the most unimaginable situation. With 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film got the much-deserved hype at the time it was released. 

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Vidya Balan is said to be in her best form in this Sujoy Ghosh film. The film narrates the story of a pregnant woman who’s in search of her husband. While the world considers her to be in her most harmless form, she slays the most wanted terrorist of the country. 

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Sridevi plays the role of her wife who is often reduced as a secondary member of her family. She is weak and English and is mocked by her own kids for this. Every other woman in India can relate her plight when a person’s importance is zeroed on the language he speaks. 

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This Indian comedy drama still resides in the heart of many. The Vikas Bahl directorial brought the best out of Kangana Ranaut who had already established herself as a versatile actress after Tanu Weds Manu. If you still hadn’t seen this film, you’re clearly missing out on the best of Bollywood. 

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There are a number of such films that proved to be more than just a movie. They reshaped themselves to become a lifelong experience rather than just another Bollywood number. 

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