Movies That Every Working Woman Should Watch

March 08, 2019

Real-life inspiration can often be found in the most unexpected places. In today’s day and age, women still face multiple problems and challenges. This is most evident in the modern workplace where women are seen working harder than most in order to get recognition and be rewarded. Over the years, Bollywood has told us a number of inspirational stories of women fighting the odds and coming out on top, not just in the corporate world, but in all walks of life.

Be inspired by the strong and steadfast characters in these must watch movies for working women.

Astitva (2000)

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Shattering the concept of patriarchy prevalent in Indian society, this Mahesh Manjrekar film, starring Tabu is one of the first modern-era Bollywood film to address the issue. This pro-feminist drama puts across a strong message of women empowerment and aims to educate the audience that a woman’s role in the world extends beyond just being a wife and a mother. This breakthrough film broke every stereotype that Bollywood had created had created before.

Queen (2014)

No list is complete without this one. This runaway hit paved the way for millions of women to believe in themselves and stand for their individuality. Kangana Ranaut found herself becoming an icon of women empowerment after playing the role of Rani, a naïve and introvert girl who faced public embarrassment after her fiancé called off their wedding. She didn’t let society dictate what was expected of her and pursued a solo journey through Europe to find her true self. Rani embodies every woman we know. Our mothers, sisters, wives, maids and even the stranger on the road.

Phir Milenge (2004)

Inspired and Indianised from the Hollywood film, Philadelphia, Revathi makes a strong feminist stand in a subtle and classy manner. The protagonist, Tamanna, played by Shilpa Shetty is a successful woman in advertising till she loses her job due to social stigma against an illness she suffers from. What follows is an inspiring story of Tamanna fighting for her her rights and for what’s right.

English Vinglish (2012)

A lesson in self-confidence and independence, English Vinglish follows the life of Gauri, portrayed perfectly by the late Sridevi as she takes on the challenges and encounters of a foreign land. She breaks out of her shell, becomes self-reliant and surprises her family with her new found skills and poise.

Dor (2006)

Nagesh Kukunoor beautifully portrays the struggles and hardships women face in all facets of life. This critically acclaimed film follows the story of two women, brought together by fate to fight the shackles of out-dated traditions, social expectations and supressed individual freedoms. This heart-warming story stars Ayesha Takia and Gul Panag with Shreyas Talpade playing support to the female leads.



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