The word ‘woman’ signifies strength, fearlessness, inspiration and courage. A woman is the life-giver and the one without whom life would be meaningless. It is her courage and determination that keeps you going. Right from raising a family to building business empires, women definitely possess some superpowers! A sister, a mother, a friend, a wife – women play all the roles with utmost perfection. With women taking the front seat in almost every sphere, Bollywood hasn’t been behind in appreciating the efforts of women. Bollywood has been quite helpful in changing the mindset of the society and has positively impacted the young women. Here are 5 Bollywood movies that capture the essence of Women’s Day:
1. English Vinglish
It is a perception that once a woman turns the ‘right’ age, she is married off to a good household and is advised to forget her dreams and desires. She is expected to solely take care of her husband and the family. This movie subtly mocks at this sad situation. The movie shows how the women of today are much beyond just being caretakers of the house. The ladies today want an identity of their own. Sridevi fits the role perfectly. She plays the role of a woman who goes out to prove it to the society who laughed at her communication skills and succeeds brilliantly. She builds herself and overcomes her fears and learns to embrace herself the way she is – something every woman should learn!
As soon as a girl is born, a lot of stereotypes come along. A woman is thought of as the weaker one but this movie proves the otherwise. It captures the true essence of women. It shows that this generation’s women don’t cry over a broken heart, they fix it. The movie showcases a fearless girl who goes alone for her honeymoon and breaks all the conventions of the society. The film tells us that a woman doesn’t need a man to be complete. Kangana plays a carefree ‘Rani’ in the movie and depicts the struggles and achievements of a lady. She indeed proves that all women are ‘queens’ in reality!
We don’t often hear physical strength being compared to a woman. Girls are supposed to be ‘girly’. This movie showed that this a long-gone scenario. In today’s day and age, a lady is fearless and courageous. She can stand up for herself and can match men in every field possible. Rani Mukherji breaks the stereotypes of a lady police officer. She shows how a lady can go to any extent to support the right and fight against the wrongs.
It is not quite common for people to seek help from a ‘woman’ during a serious situation. The society undermines the power of a lady and thinks that her independence makes her selfish. This movie tells us the story of the extremely courageous Neerja Bhanot played by the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor. It tells us how an independent lady can also love selflessly and maintain the balance between professional and personal relationships. It showcases how the courage of a lady can save everyone, while the men ran away (the pilots made a swift move when the plane got hijacked but were called back). Women know their duties well and would do anything to fulfill their given work and won’t think about themselves even once. The film also shows how her dad believes in her when no one else does and has always treated her like a son! Way to go!
5. Mary Kom
A movie that highlights the real life of Mary Kom. It celebrates feminism in another way and has set new standards for women. It gave a new tagline ‘fight like a woman’ instead of being constantly said ‘be lady-like’. The film brings forward the facts and struggles a girl has to face through every stage of life. The movie proves that strong women can be beautiful, too. Beauty doesn’t come with good looks but good thoughts. It redefined the way women are looked at and portrayed them as an achievement instead of a burden. Priyanka Chopra did a fabulous work in Mary Kom and is known for being an independent, courageous woman herself.
After all, why should boys have all the fun? Happy Women’s Day.