As the world celebrates International Women's day today, we roll out a list of 10 Bollywood films which had strong female characters at the forefront. Here are some of films you can binge watch this Women's day.
1. MOTHER INDIA (1957)
Mehboob Khan's 1957 magnum-opus 'Mother India' is probably one of the first big Bollywood film with a strong female protagonist. The film was India's official nomination at the Oscars that year and was a powerful representation of a woman who rose against all odds to raise her sons.
2. BHUMIKA (1977)
Shyam Benegal's 1977 film 'Bhumika' starring Smita Patil, is based on the issues faced by a female entertainer in 20th century India. The film is reportedly based on accounts from the life of a famous Marathi actress and it went on to win two national awards.
3. ARTH (1982)
The story of a woman's search for her identity, Mahesh Bhatt 1982 directorial 'Arth' is based on the story of a filmmaker who is leaves his wife for another woman. The film starred Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and Smita Patil in lead roles.
4. MIRCH MASALA (1987)
In yet another Smita Patil film, 1987's 'Mirch Masala' which was set in colonial India, tells the story of 'Sonbai' who flees her village after slapping a subedar who commanded her to sleep with him.
5. ASTITVA (2000)
The critically acclaimed 'Astitva' starring Tabu is based on the story of a woman who seeks love from another man after her husband fails to give her the time she desires. The film attempts to liberate a woman from male chauvinism.
6. LAJJA (2001)
Rajkumar Santoshi's 2001 film 'Lajja' depicts a stark contrast in the way women in the country are treated as Godesses and tourtured at the same time. The story is based on the lives of four women who attempt to fight for their rights and dignity going against societal norms.
7. DOR (2006)
Nagesh Kukunoor's 2006 film 'Dor' follows the tale of two women whose stories are bound together as a result of tradedy. The film stars Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, and Gul Panag.
8. KAHAANI (2012)
Vidya Balan's 2012 film 'Kahaani' played an important role in changing the course of women oriented films in new age Indian cinema. The story of the Sujoy Ghosh film revolves around a pregnant woman's search for her missing husband.
9. THE DIRTY PICTURE (2011)
Vidya Balan once again made a powerful impact with her 2011 film 'The Dirty Picture'. The actress portrays the role of late South Indian actress Silk Smitha in the film.
10. LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA (2017)
Also directed by a woman, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' was neck deep in controversy before its release for being "lady oriented". The film however rose against all odds and hit screens in 2017. 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' starring Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah among others is based on the lives of four women who are attempting to break away from the norms set by the conservative society.