Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Now women are playing a significant role in the movies and showing that women can also do anything that men can. In the past era, women were treated as less equal to men and only under-presented or misrepresented in most films. However, women have also proved that they are also capable of bringing positive change and influencing people. Many Indian actresses have presented the strength of women who fight for their rights and against injustice. Here is the list of the ten best Indian female-centric movies you can watch.

1. Raazi

Raazi is a spy action thriller film featuring Alia Bhatt as a lead protagonist alongside Vicky Kaushal, Shishir Sharma, Rajit Kapur, and Jaideep Ahlawat in sporting characters. It is one of the highest-grossing Indian films that feature a female as the main protagonist. It follows the real story of a RAW agent who married a Pakistani officer to send information to India.

2. Piku

Piku is an Indian comedy-drama film that became commercially successful worldwide and received praise for the performance of Padukone. The film features Deepika Padukone as the titular character with Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan. The story revolves around Piku, who manages her work with her 70-year-old widowed father, who often quarrels with Piku.

3. Kahaani

Kahaani is one of the most successful films in Indian cinema that features Vidya Balan as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman who comes to Kolkata from London to search for her missing husband. It is an Indian thriller movie directed, co-written, and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh. The film has received praise from critics for its performance of actors, screenplay, and cinematography.

4. Mary Kom

Mary Kom is an Indian biographical sports film featuring Priyanka Chopra as the main character. It depicts the life of the eponymous boxer Mary Kom who faced several challenges and hardships before accomplishing her dream. It is also among the highest-grossing film that has a female lead actor. Along with Priyanka Chopra, the film also stars Darshan Kumar and Sunil Thapa as her husband and mentor.

5. Pink

Pink is a legal thriller Indian film featuring Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Amitabh Bachchan, and more as the main cast. It tells the world that when women say No, she means it and cannot force them to do anything against their will and not judge them by their lifestyle and clothes. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of an advocate who fights for female rights in the court.

6. Mardaani

Mardaani is an action thriller film featuring Rani Mukerji as Shivani Shivaji Roy, a senior inspector who works hard to uncover the secrets of a child trafficking cartel. The film has got a good response with praise for Mukerji's performance and became commercially successful. The film also has a second sequel titled Mardaani 2 also became commercially successful.

7. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is a biographical drama film starring Janhvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian female air-force pilot to fly in a combat zone. She made her dream come true and served the nation in the Kargil War. Along with Janhvi Kapoor, the film has Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi as the supporting characters.

8. English Vinglish

English Vinglish is another popular female-centric film written and directed by Gauri Shinde. It is a comedy-drama Indian film starring Sridevi as the main character alongside Adil Hussain, French actor Mehdi Nebbou, and Priya Anand. The plot revolves around Shashi Godbole, who always gets trolled and mocked by her husband and daughter for lack of English skills. Therefore, she enrolls in an English-speaking course to gain self-respect.

9. Thappad

Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Thappad is a Hindi drama film featuring Taapsee Pannu as the main protagonist. The story revolves around a young woman named Amrita, who happily married Vikram Sabharwal. However, her happiness gets destroyed when she gets slapped by her husband at an office. The film has received praise for its social message, direction, screenplay, and performance.

10. Neerja

Neerja is a biographical thriller film starring Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot, a brave woman who sacrificed her life while trying to help save the passenger and crew from the attempt of hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73. Directed by Ram Madhvani, it became critically acclaimed and received praise for the performance of Sonam Kapoor.


These are the best Female-centric Indian movies you should not miss.