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The beginning of a new era featuring female protagonists

Published On: 12 June 2018 | Bollywood | By:

Bollywood Film industry opening up to the possibilities with women playing lead roles

The beginning of a new era featuring female protagonists
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”The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.”-Susan B. Anthony

For over decades now the film industry has been all about what the next Male Protagonist could do better and what character to present him with. But for the past few years, Bollywood film industry has made significant changes in the way they look at stories and movies over time to understand that having a female role can cause and bring about a lot of change and traffic within the industry.

Having Directors and Producers make a change in the industry has not only caused an effect of the lives of the women of the society but also to the film industry and the amount of popularity that the movie brings.

There have been over multiple films over the years that slowly pave the way to create a new platform for women to show more and more skill and what more they can do that they were before predestined to not be able to do, that which only a man could do.

These movies not only showed that the women had to play the bigger role in comparison to their counterpart but also the everyday struggle a woman has to go through while following morals and doing what is right in terms of both society and following moral codes.

The stories of Insignificant women trying to fight for rights and justice not just through the story of the movie but also through the silence of every woman's life when it comes to men, society, stereotypes, family expectations, importance and so much more.

Here are few of the movie that have been deemed to be on this list concerning the title:

1) MOTHER INDIA (1957)

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

2) DAMINI (1993)

After witnessing a rape in her own household, Damini fights for justice for the deceased victim. However, she faces a bunch of challenges until she meets a disgraced lawyer who decides to fight the case and bring the culprits to justice.

3) KYA KEHNA (2000)

A young college girl faces hardships and challenges after she becomes a mother without marriage.

4) LAJJA (2001)

The lives of four women from different places are the victims of male chauvinism and marital abuse. They decide to fight for their rights and dignity against the social norms and injustice.

5) PINJAR (2003)

In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn.

6) EK HASINA THI (2004)

A woman falls for a charming and mysterious businessman. The whirlwind romance turns sour when she is framed for his underworld crimes. Now, finally out of prison she is ready for sweet revenge.


ProvokedIt's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.

8) AAJA NACHLE (2007)

Dia's dance teacher is dying. She returns to the town where she learnt to live and dance and most importantly to save the endangered Ajanta theatre.

9) FASHION (2008)

A small-town girl finally realizes her dream of becoming a famous supermodel but soon finds out that there's a price for her glamorous new life.

10) AISHA (2010)

Chaos results after a wealthy woman decides to turn match-maker for a naive village belle.


A British woman faces challenges while attempting to locate her father in India.


A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case.

13) BOL (2011)

A female convict on death row, her last wish is to tell her story to the media.

14) KAHAANI (2012)

A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

15) LISTEN AMAYA (2013)

In this poignant Bollywood-styled indie interpretation about family ties and growing up, fiery 22-year old writer Amaya struggles to balance working life with family life after finding out that her mom is dating her current collaborator at work.


A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled.

17) GULAAB GANG (2014)

A fearless woman fights social injustice; creating a sanctuary for abused women and battling a crooked politician.

18) MARDAANI (2014)

MardaaniA story of Shivani Shivaji Roy, Crime Branch, who sets out to confront the mastermind behind a child trafficking mafia.

19) MARY KOM (2014)

A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.


Last but not the least the latest movie that puts the women of these times into perspective and show how they go through their lives with everything that is against them in their lives. The movie shows the lives of 4 different women who are all best friends.

Even though we see the less amount of description on each movie given we can see the only thing that is familiar through all these films are the strengths of women that is usually not portrayed on media but only asked to take a stand.

Each of these movies bring out an aspect of women that may be classified and called different things by different people with their mindsets, but that doesn't stop it from being a gateway that opens up into the lives of every different woman who aren't ready to put their lives to be looked at by the public.

The Indian film industry has definitely made significant changes when it comes to it's stance taken on women.

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