Happy Women’s Day 2019: Kangana Ranaut’s Queen to Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, Women lead films that broke stereotypes

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019, here are 10 Bollywood movies led by leading ladies that didn’t just win hearts but also broke stereotypes. Take a look.
Happy Women’s Day 2019: Kangana Ranaut’s Queen to Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, Women lead films that broke stereotypesHappy Women’s Day 2019: Kangana Ranaut’s Queen to Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, Women lead films that broke stereotypes
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As the famous saying by Pedro Almodovar goes, “Cinema is a language that speaks about the future, although the stories we tell are based on the past.” Bollywood now showcases women-centric films which goes to show that in the 21st century, they are the heroes of the film. For centuries now, Indian history has been redefined by women and relying on that history, some real and some fictional Bollywood films have been led by female actors and have managed to shatter all stereotypes. 

On this Women’s Day, we celebrate womanhood by shattering all stereotypes which force them to fit into boxes. Bollywood has managed to change over time and has tried to break away from her male-centric hero image. Many films in the past few years have tackled some sensitive and important issues related to women and have only been carried on the shoulders of female actors.

This goes to show that Bollywood is changing and is understanding that ‘hero’ is the story and not any gender. From films like Kangana Ranaut’s Queen to Alia Bhatt’s Raazi to Sridevi’s English Vinglish to Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu, here are 10 women-oriented films that have shattered society’s stereotypes and have managed to do win over audiences. 


Kangana Ranaut as the naive yet smart Rani manages to make us all feel the pain of being jilted at the altar by her lover, which in her case was a day before the wedding. Post this, Kangana’s character in the film embarks on a journey of self-discovery which leads her to believe that she doesn’t need a man to live her life. A simple yet powerful tale of Rani is told in the most amazing way in Queen and with it, Kangana Ranaut proved that men are not the only ‘heroes.’ 

English Vinglish

Late Sridevi’s film tackled the issue of a woman who decides to learn English not because she wants to prove her worth to the world but to lift her own self-confidence. It is one of Sridevi’s finest performances after returning to movies and will surely make you fall in love with yourself. 


Alia Bhatt’s Raazi delves into the love a woman and her father had for their country which superseded everything else. Raazi is surely Alia Bhatt’s one of the best performances and it deals with the story of an Indian spy who marries a Pakistani officer to save her own country without worrying about consequences. Based on the book Calling Sehmat, Alia Bhatt’s Raazi glorifies womanhood and proves that women love their nation equally as men. 

Tumhari Sulu

Vidya Balan as the ambitious housewife who delves into the professional arena helps us to learn that marriage isn’t just the end of dreams. Tumhari Sulu is the story of a married woman who wants to do something big in life despite being less educated. Vidya as Sulu takes on a night slot at a radio station and also manages her household chores. It portrays the struggle and emotional journey of a working woman in the most amazing way. 

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga


The most recent example of shattering stereotypes is Sonam K Ahuja’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Dealing with a homosexual love story, Sonam’s character Sweety is in love with another woman and craves for acceptance from her family of her sexual orientation. The film surely was one among many others that tried to portray a same-sex love story with an old world charm and also tackled LGBTQ issues. 

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Bhumi Pednekar’s debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha dealt with women’s body issues and the society’s belief that women who don’t conform to a body type won’t be accepted. Bhumi’s acting as the young overweight girl who gets married to someone who doesn’t find her attractive due to her weight makes you realise that society’s norms are just for women and not for men. Slowly how her husband realises that she is smarter than she appears and ends up falling for her. 

Veere Di Wedding

Starring 4 leading actress, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam K Ahuja, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania, Veere Di Wedding is about different women with their own problems. The 4 characters in the movie are a representation of the modern-day women who want to make choices for themselves and learn how to live with them. It is a light-hearted woman-centric film that breaks cliches about fitting women into certain categories like marriage, divorce and so on.

Mary Kom

Based on the real-life story of India’s boxing champion Mary Kom, it is the tale of an athlete from North-East who manages to make it big at the world level not just once but several times. Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Mary Kom managed to win over hearts and also portrayed issues related to the treatment of women athletes in India in the most realistic way. 

Lipstick Under My Burkha

The story of 4 different women struggling with their own sexual choices. Konkona Sen Sharma, Plabita Borthakur, Ahana Kumra and Ratna Pathak Shah are the main leads who want to break away from the world that has been created for them by society and want to fulfil their desires. The journey of how they do it ends up shattering Indian society’s stereotypes. 


Starring Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan, Pink dealt with a serious issue related to women’s choice of saying “NO”. In the film, Taapsee's character is shown as a regular girl who enjoys going out, partying and spending time with friends. However, these habits don’t mean she is interested in someone. Pink establishes a fact that when a woman says no, it really means no. 

Bollywood has many other women-centric films lined up this year as well which surely are worth looking forward to. On this special day, we wish all the ladies, Happy Women’s Day!


Awww Sridevi

no mention of NH10

what about piku???

Why is there no mention of PIKU here?

Haha..because it's an amitabh bachan movie..

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