Greatest Women Oriented Bollywood Movies

Best Women Centric Bollywood Films

Greatest Women Oriented Bollywood Movies
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Over the years the Hindi films industry has showcased some incredibly supreme women centric films. This article brings to life a detailed perspective of the best women oriented Bollywood movies.

While women oriented movies have been made in the Hindi film industry since early days, it’s only in recent years a number of independent filmmakers have highlighted and focused largely on the plight and atrocities against women. The new breed of filmmakers has captured varied emotions of women through strong feminist topics and subjects. In recent years feminist movies have gained momentum with film audiences. The essence of women in the framework of an evolving society has been thoughtfully brought to life by a number of independent filmmakers. The injustice that women face has been aesthetically showcased by few filmmakers in the film industry.

Over the years, a number of women oriented Bollywood films have seen light, however among the different types of women centric movies only few have awakened the soul. The aspect of women living in male-dominated world has been showcased in many feminist movies.

The different forms of harassment, abuse, and ill treatment women go through have been captured in myriad ways on celluloid. Women oriented topics and subjects that have been shunned upon are now being showcased with a strong message in Bollywood movies, and that’s certainly an encouraging sign for women in India. Bringing to life the struggles women in a films is never easy, however, a number of filmmakers in Bollywood have revealed the dark truth and sentiments of women in a lucid manner.

While women have often been portrayed as the weaker sex or damsels in distress in films, times have changed. A new awakening has harnessed a realization that women are at par with men in every aspect. The strong characters portrayed in women oriented films are testimony to the fact that women will no longer be suppressed in a male dominated world. What’s heartening is the fact that unlike in past decades where feminist movies or women centric movies found space in parallel cinema, offbeat cinema, or art films, in present times women oriented stories have become an integral part of mainstream or commercial cinema.

A number of women oriented Bollywood movies based on real-life incidents or true stories are being made reminding audiences that women won’t take it lying down. A woman is the epitome of strength and confidence. She won’t be broken, she’ won’t be curbed, she won’t be suppressed; she will fall only to rise again. Woman power is becoming the centrifugal element in many Bollywood movies and, that’s definitely helping bring about a new perspective of change in regard with women issues in different parts of India.

The lines below brings to life an impactful list of women oriented Bollywood films

Greatest Women Oriented Bollywood Movies

  • Pink (2016)
  • Queen (2014)
  • Chak De! India (2007)
  • Kahaani (2012)
  • Mirch Masala (1987)
  • English Vinglish (2012)
  • Secret Superstar (2017)
  • Mardaani (2014)
  • Arth (1982)
  • Mother India (1957)
  • Highway (2014)
  • Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017)
  • Mom (2017)
  • Astitva (2000)
  • Dor (2004)
  • Margarita, With a Straw (2015)
  • Dear Zindagi (2016)
  • Pinjar (2003)
  • Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)
  • Khoubsurat (1970)
  • Chandni Bar (2001)
  • Neerja (2016)
  • Black (2005)
  • Swades (2004)
  • Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
  • Aitraaz (2004)
  • Piku (2015)
  • Mary Kom (2014)
  • Water (2005)
  • Kahaani 2 (2016)
  • Filhaal (2002)
  • Bawandar (2000)
  • Heroine (2012)
  • 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
  • Masaan (2015)
  • Simran (2017)
  • The Girl In Yellow Boots (2010)
  • Nil Battey Sannata (2016)
  • Chameli (2003)
  • Revolver Rani (2014)
  • Tanu Weds Manu 2011)
  • Naam Shabana (2017)
  • Mod (2011)
  • Aurat (1940)
  • Zubeidaa (2001)
  • Aandhi (1957)
  • Begum Jaan (2017)
  • Fashion (2008)
  • Bobby Jasoos (2014)
  • Rudaali (1993)
  • Dolly Ki Doli (2015)
  • The Dirty Picture (2011)
  • Fiza (2000)
  • Mrityudand (1997)
  • Parched (2015)
  • Noor (2017)
  • Achoot Kanya (1936)
  • Damini (1993)
  • No One Killed Jessica (2001)
  • Gulaab Gang (2014)
  • Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2005)
  • Tumhari Sulu (2017)
  • Parineeta (2005)
  • Seeta Aur Geeta (1972)
  • Manthan (1976)
  • Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
  • Lajja (2001)
  • NH 10 (2015)
  • Daman (2001)
  • Cocktail (2012)
  • Listen… Amaya (2013)
  • Umrao Jaan (1981)
  • Namkeen (1982)
  • Bandit Queen (1996)
  • Chaalbaaz
  • Sabarjit (2016)
  • Dushman (1998)
  • Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
  • Aaja Nachle (2007)
  • Who Chokri (1994)
  • Kya Kehna (2000)
  • Liar’s Dice (2013)
  • Pratighaat (1987)
  • Chalk And Duster (2016)
  • Anjaam (1994)
  • Main Zinda Hoon (1988)
  • Lakshmi (2014)
  • Khoobsurat (2014)
  • Bazaar (1982)
  • Prem Rog (1982)
  • Dedh Ishqiya (2014)
  • Bhumika (1971)
  • Sonali Cable (2014)
  • Finding Fanny (2014)
  • Poorna; Courage Has No Limit (2017)
  • Bhavna (1984)
  • Akira (2016)
  • Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam (1962)
  • Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
  • Aisha (2010)
  • Bol (2011)
  • Log Kya Kahenge (1983)
  • Godmother (1999)
  • Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
  • Maya (2001)
  • Gippi (2013)
  • Page 3 (2005)
  • Ragini MMS (2011)
  • Ghar (1978)
  • Luck By Chance (2009)
  • Khoon Bhari Maang (1996)
  • Taal (1999)
  • Mamta (1966)
  • Hate Story (2012)
  • Murder (2004)
  • Phir Milenge (2004)

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I think the society needs films which are not just practical and mirror the real women but also gives meaningful messages. The films and for that matter, TV Serials, which are based on unrealistic events like a mother-in-law accusing the daughter-in-law of stealing the ancient family jewelry are totally worthless. Also, the movies which showcase the real situations of sexual abuse have almost no application in real life for most of the audience (fortunately). They create awareness for sure, but we as a society need more from our filmmakers. We need to show the success of women who chose paths which are not traditional. We need to show the side effects of not educating a girl, in a believable, normal, can-happen-with-anyone scenario. We need to show men who are supportive of their mothers, sisters, and wives; treat them as equals and won't back off if they have to become stay-at-home-parents. These are just a few examples. 21st century's demands from families are different. Gender roles have to go away. Great effort of enlisting I must say.


Thank you. Yes, I agree movies should bring out a meaningful message. Past decades in Hindi films have portrayed women in realistic events or situations, however many such movies made were in the art film or parallel cinema genre. In recent years a number of women oriented movies made are in mainstream which is a good thing as reaching a wider audience can harness change in preconceived mindsets.


I think the best Indian women centric films were made in 1950s and 1960s. In recent times women centric films mean there has been oppression or violence on women and they are taking revenge like the subject of film Mom. In the 1950s and 1960s, women oriented films showed how the women had cared for their family, sacrificed for the success of their husbands, sons, daughters, etc. According to me the best women centric films include Bhabhi, 1957, Bhabhi Ki Chudiya, 1962, Sadhna, 1957, Sujata, 1959, Bandini 1963, Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam 1962, Dil Ek Mandir 1963, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi 1960, Jahanara 1964, Apne Hue Paraye 1964, Kajal 1965, Noorjahan 1967, Bahu Begum 1967, Maa Aur Mamta 1970.


Yes, the 50s and 60s had some fantastic women centric films like the ones you've mentioned. New filmmakers are bringing to life different aspects related to women in society through commercial/mainstream movies.