Watch These 20 Empowering Films On International Women’s Day

Women can not alone change the world but women can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. A Queen is never afraid to fail‘.

To celebrate this great day of International Women’s Day, there are millions of astonishing work done by women all over the world in every field. Let’s celebrate it by appreciating the work they did in the entertainment industry, whether it’s behind the camera or in front of it. This day is to celebrate all the accomplishments of women and highlight how strong and independent they are now! You can never finish watching these films in a single day, so pack yourself for a marathon, and sit back and relax while you watch the most beautiful work done by women in the film industry. Action, comedy, depression, thriller women are great in everything, right?

There are many Bollywood films earlier which depicted women in just a single storyline and the same chronology- Heroines being saved by Heroes, Falling in love that’s it. Over the last decade, things have really been changed. Women now do lead roles in films and can perform any genre in a beautiful way. This International Women’s Day check out Best Hindi Movies to Watch On Womens Day.

1.Kahaani (2012)

Vidya Balan is often said as ‘Hero’ of the film. She’s been doing only lead roles in films for a very long time. This greatly made thriller film has Vidya Balan in it, what else do we need? Portraying the role of Vidya Bagchi she has played a fantastic role in the character. The story depicts a pregnant woman named, Vidya Bagchi who goes to Kolkata in search of her husband, Arnab. As she reaches there and gets lost in loose ends, many people kept telling her that her husband, Arnab does not exist.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Nawazuddin Siddique, Parambrata Chatterje, Saswata Chatterjee

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Jiocinema, MX Player

2. Queen (2016)

Kangana Ranaut is always called the daring one in the Bollywood industry. She has always preferred working alone as a lead. All of her films are without any lead actors. Therefore she seems Amazing working alone only. Coming to the storyline, what if your husband decided not to marry you right before the marriage date? Then you go on honeymoon by yourself discovering yourself and finding the meaning of life. This is what exactly Kangana Ranaut playing the role of Rani does in the film. It’s a comedy-drama film. You can watch it again and again.

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkumar Rao, Lisa Haydon, Yogendra Tiku


3. Parched (2015)

This 1 hour 58 minutes film depicts everything women do to struggle with their individual demons. Written and directed by a great female director, Leena Yadav film didn’t score much on theatres but is really a must-watch. Produced by Ajay Devgan the film recognized international significance. This film was premiered in a special presentation section at the Toronto International Film Festival Of 2015. With only a 2.7 million dollar budget it secured a great fan following. The Storyline of the film depicts four women from Gujarat who talks about sex, man, and their life and the struggle they face with their individual demons.

Cast: Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Leher Khan, Adil Hussain

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

4. English Vinglish (2012)

What if you are in a foreign country and you do not know how to speak and understand English? The same situation is faced by Sashi, the character played by one and only Sridevi who is a housewife and doesn’t understand and speak English clearly. To build her character and confidence in her native country it became very important for her to learn English. She came from an upper middle-class family and you don’t get to learn English there a lot! People making fun of her just for the language seemed a bit cruel. You can see Sridevi again and again in this comedy-drama film.

Cast: Sridevi, Priya Anand, Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

5. No One Killed Jessica (2011)

Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji are basically a deadly combination! What if you hear that they worked together? You surely want to watch it. No One Killed Jessica is a 2011 semi-biographical thriller movie. The story basically revolves around two women who are trying to get justice to Jessica Lal. Jessica Lal is a model who got killed while working. She worked in a celebrity bar which was always crowded. Vidya Balan has played the role of Jessica Lal. Rani Mukerji has beautifully portrayed the role of TV news reporter aka journalist who is following the case.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Rani Mukerji, Raj Kumar Gupta, Myra Kam, Neil Bhoopalam, Rajesh Sharma


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6. Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016)

Lipstick Under My Burkha is directed and written by Alankrita Shrivastava. She has covered every aspect of women’s life of different age groups. The movie has covered the story of four women with different age groups and different professional and birth backgrounds trying to fill all their desires breaking social barriers. It also shows how they protest against the patriarchal society and the men who govern their lives. Shot in A beautiful city of Madhya Pradesh, ‘The city of lakes- Bhopal’ has beautiful cinematography and everything you wish in a really low budget film.

Cast: Aahana Kumra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Plabita Borthakur, Shashank Arora, Vikrant Massey, Sushant Singh, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Sonal Jha

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon prime video

7. Mardaani (2014)

Rani Mukerji playing the role of a hero is fantastic. The title of the film itself shows what could the film be about. ‘Mard’ the word which portrays strong, fearless Men, and ‘Mardaani’ shows Strong, Fearless Women. That’s what Rani Mukerji is in the role. This action thriller film has portrayed Rani Mukerji in the lead role of a Police officer. The story revolves around the police officer struggling to crack a human trafficking chain. As it created millions of fan following, production came up with its sequel and the sequel was as expected. Excellent!

Cast: Rani Mukerji, Avneet Kaur, Jisshu Sengupta, Tahir Bhasin, Priyanka Sharma, Mona Ambegaonkar, Anil Georgd


8. Pink (2016)

This low-budget film got so much popularity that it secured an 8.1 from IMDB. With Amitabh Bacchan in the film accompanying Tapsee Pannu and two other gorgeous girls, the movie is Fantastic. The story revolves around Three women led by Tapsee Pannu. They are dragged into a case of assault fighting for justice in the court. Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink has taught a bitter lesson to the people of society. It’s a must-watch.

Cast: Tapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Amitabh Bacchan, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra, Vijay Verma

AVAILABLE ON: Disney Hotstar

9. Nil Battey Sannata (2016)

Nil Battey Sannata is a comedy-drama film featuring Swara Bhaskara in the lead role. Swara Bhaskara has played the role of a single mother who is uneducated but goes back to school to study, to make her daughter concentrate on her studies. She has played an exceptional role with the direction of Ashwini Iyer. This is an inspirational movie, you will get a great inspiration seeing Swara Bhaskara going back to school and fulfilling the dream she has. “Bai ki beti toh bai hi hogi” were very famous lines from the film. Pankaj Tripathi’s role in the film is like chocolate sprinkles on ice cream.

Cast: Swara Bhaskara, Pankaj Tripathi, Ratna Pathak Shah, Riya Shukla, Sanjay Suri, Prashant Tiwari.

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

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10. The Dirty Picture (2011)

Vidya Balan Slays in every genre whether it’s a comedy or its action. When the film released many people assumed it to be a soft porn-related film but the film turned out to be great with making those assumptions false. Vidya Balan has played the role of Reshma who leaves her village and goes to Chennai to become a great film star. Reaching there, she became an overnight sensation and people named her ‘Silk’. As she became successful in what she wanted to do, her fame and the success she received started changing her. This biographical drama movie depicting a South Indian actress In her erotic role was a real-life based story.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Tusshar Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah


11. Chhapaak (2020)

Who doesn’t know Laxmi Agarwal? Laxmi Agarwal is an acid attack survivor. The film Chhapaak is inspired by her life. Malti Aggarwal, the role played by one and Only Deepika Padukone is a victim and survivor of an acid attack. She is forced to go through various legal proceedings to get herself justice while she is healing mentally too. With the pressure she faced from society, fighting with her internal demons she bounced back to her life and decided to fight for everyone like her. Struggling with her life to come to light from the dark, she is really an inspiration to all the women out there. Deepika Padukone has fantastically played the role of Laxmi Agarwal.

Cast: Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey, Vaibhavi Upadhyay, Ankit Bisht, Madhurjeet Sarghi, Payal Nair

AVAILABLE ON: Disney Hotstar

12. Thappad (2020)

Domestic Violence and Rape cases Haven’t decreased in our country. 1 in 3 women all over the world still experience sexual or physical violence. Thappad is based on the story of a woman facing domestic violence. The story revolves around Amrita, a beautiful and young woman who spends great life with her husband, Vikram. But, one day at a party He slaps her hard in front of everyone which leads to her filing for a divorce. Taapsee Pannu has played a fantastic role in the film. This short budget film earned crores from the box office. This is a must-watch!

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati, Maya Sarao, Dia Mirza, Gracy Goswami, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Ankur Rathee, Naila Grewal

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

13. Neerja (2016)

This biographical film directed by Ram Madhvani is breathtaking. Neerja, a flight attendant, coming from a Middle-class family leaves the house day before her birthday to do her duty. This Hijack Heroine saved the lives of many people when the plane got Hijacked in Pakistan in 1986. This young flight attendant risked her life to save the passengers. The story of her courage is just very exceptional and should be told to everyone. She was shot dead while saving the lives of others. Sonam Kapoor has played a fantastic role in Neerja Bhanot, you should totally watch this film once, you won’t regret it.

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani, Jim Sarbh, Yogendra Tiku, Abrar Zahoor, Ali Bladiwala, Arjun Aneja

AVAILABLE ON: Disney Hotstar

14. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020)

This story of the bravery of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is the proudest moment for every Indian out there. Gunjan Saxena was the first lieutenant Flight pilot who went to war. She became the first woman in the Indian air force to do so. The film is inspired by her story featuring Jahnvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena. In 1999 during The Kargil war, this girl flew Cheetah Aircraft into a combat zone and saved the lives of soldiers. This IAF pilot has made every woman proud. You should totally watch this inspiring story.

Cast: Jahnvi Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Pankaj Tripathi, Riva Arora, Vineet Kumar Singh, Manish Verma


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15. Shakuntala Devi (2020)

This is again an inspiring story of A Wonder Woman- Shakuntala Devi. This biographical film is based on Shakuntala Devi. Gifted with the talent for mathematics, she achieved a milestone in her life. She travels all around the world. Also known as a human-computer, she gained immense popularity all over the world and hence was named ‘Human-computer’. Can you multiply 20 number digits in your mind? Obvious No, but she can do that. This brilliant woman made Indians so proud. Vidya Balan has played the role of Shakuntala Devi, the lead in the film. The film revolves around her life and describes how her unique talent made her a Wonder woman.

Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Jisshu Sengupta, Amit Sadh, Luca Calvani, Neil Bhoopalam.

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

16. Raazi (2018)

Raazi released in 2018 is a breathtaking film. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film features Alia Bhatt. The story revolves around an undercover RAW Agent, Sehmat Khan (role Played by Alia Bhatt). Her father married her to a Pakistani family so that she could collect some important and valuable information about the enemies. This happens during Indo Pakistan war, 1971. Alia Bhatt was praised for doing a great job in this film. She was also praised by Filmfare and was given Filmfare Award for the best actress.

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Jaideep Ahlawat, Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

17. Mary Kom (2014)

Mary Kom is a real-life story based on World famous Indian boxer Mary Kom from Manipur. The movie describes the struggles she faced while chasing her passion of being a boxer. Coming from a rural area of Manipur, no one, not even her family supported her dream, going against them and becoming a star now is what Mary Kom. Priyanka Chopra has played the role of Mary Kom very beautifully, you will love watching her taking the Northeast Accent. She met a coach and then shares her boxing life with him. Even after her pregnancy she gets back to her life and wins the world championship in boxing. It also won National Film Award for best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. Directed by Omung Kumar, this film is a must-watch!

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Sunil Thapa, Darshan Kumar, Rajni Basumtari


18. Dear Zindagi (2016)

Directed by Gauri Shinde, Dear Zindagi Features Alia Bhatt and Sharukh Khan. Alia Bhatt has played the role of Kaira, who is facing struggles with her relationship. Dr. Jehangir aka Sharukh Khan has played the role of Kaira’s mentor. Dr. Jehangir helps Kaira to solve her relationship problems. He also helped her to resolve issues with her family and get a fresh start in life. This transformation leads to following what she wants to do and she also improves her love life. Alia Bhatt was praised for playing a fantastic role as Kaira. Dr. Jehangir used some unconventional methods to treat her life. This 2 hours 31 minutes film is really a must-watch for all!

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Sharukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar.


19. Bandit Queen (1996)

Who hasn’t heard of Phoolan Devi? Inspired by her story Bandit Queen was premiered in 1996. The story revolves around Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas) who came from a lower cast and faced sexual abuse and also discrimination at her young age. Phoolan was sexually abused by multiple men. She wasn’t treated well until She joined a Gang. She joined the gang of Nirmal Pandey (as Vikram Mallah in the movie). After some time, she creates her own gang and became a remarkable woman across India. It is said she shot everyone who sexually abused her. The film shows her transformation from a criminal to a politician. You should totally watch this thriller film.

Cast: Seema Biswas as Phoolan Devi, Manoj Bajpai as Man Singh, Nirmal Pandey as Vikram Mallah, Rajesh Vivek as Mustaquim

AVAILABLE ON: Amazon Prime Video

20. Chak De India (2007)

Chak De India is a biographical film of Kabir Khan who was a former hockey star but loses everything when blamed for betraying the country. After he failed to score the winning goal as a captain of India’s men’s hockey team but he was blamed for betraying the country and for the team losing. After struggling for a long time, he gets a chance to be a coach for India’s women’s hockey team. The film revolves around the struggles they face to win the big tournament of hockey in Australia. This real-life story totally tells us that women aren’t weak, they can do anything if they wish to. The film also won the best Filmfare award.

Cast: Sharukh Khan, Vidya Malavade, Sagarika Ghatge, Chitrashi Rawat, Shilpa Shukla, Tanya Abrol, Anaitha Nair, Shubhi Mehta, Arya Menon, Sandia Furtado, Seema Azmi, Nisha Nair, Masochon V. Zimik, Kimi Laldawla


These were some of the Best Hindi Movies to Watch On Womens Day. Sit back and relax with your queens and binge-watch all these films at once, You won’t regret it.

Happy International Women’s Day from all the team members of Liveakhbar. Enjoy Your Day with all the Women You know.

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