Female friendships are special. Women aren't bitchy, spiteful, or pass snide comments on each other as most cultures portray. Instead of showing women tearing down each other, many Bollywood movies have represented female friendships and made us remember our best friends. This features empowered women seeking support and advice from their counterparts. Solid female companies enable women to openly share their concerns, feelings, and thoughts with others. Here are the top 10 Bollywood movies that portrayed this sisterhood and bonding perfectly:
1. Naina and Aditi from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
This movie's central theme may be a coming-of-age romantic comedy, but the friendship between the main characters will always come to mind when they are reminded of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Out of these, Naina's and Aditi's friendship stands out. From being there for each other to embracing each other's differences, they were together. This makes this friendship one of the best portrayed on the Bollywood silver screen.
2. Rani and Vijayalakshmi from Queen
Queen, directed by
, portrays the friendship between Vijayalakshmi and Rani. After Rani goes on a solo trip after her fiance rejects her a day before her marriage, she meets Vijayalakshmi in Paris. They are pretty different from each other, but Vijayalakshmi helps Rani become confident and carefree. This was a very unexpected friendship.
Radha, Shashi's niece, encourages Shashi to learn English, supports her, and covers for her when she is away at spoken English classes. Radha also motivates Shashi to live for herself and tries to help her in learning English. At the end of the film, Radha invites Shashi's whole class to her sister's wedding, where Shashi delivers an excellent speech in English. This makes Radha's face glow with pride.
4. Ila and Mrs. Deshpande from
One of the protagonists of the story Ila and her neighbor upstairs, Mrs. Deshpande, have a beautiful friendship throughout the film. Ila is a lonely housewife and confides in the chirpy Mrs. Deshpande about the exchange of letters between her and Saajan. We never actually see Mrs. Deshpande, but they exchange food, listen to music, and chit-chat in the film.
5. Zeenat and Meera from Dor
After Meera's husband kills Zeenat's husband in an accident in Saudi Arabia, she searches for Zeenat to seek forgiveness and obtain a Maafinaama from her to relieve her husband from the ongoing trial. Both Zeenat and Meera end up rediscovering themselves in this brief friendship.
6. Aisha, Shefali, and Pinki from Aisha
These three friends from wealthy neighborhoods of Delhi unravel love, life, heartbreak, and disappointment together. Both Shefali and Pinki are quick to call out Aisha's selfishness and vanity. This makes this friendship more realistic and relatable.
7. Bauji, Leela, Rehana, and Shireen from Lipstick Under My Burkha
This film is not about female friendships but the mutual support all these four women give each other in the film’s climax. This is a beautiful take on adult friendships.
8. Upasana, Chanbi, and Minam in Axone
Upasana and Chanbi, hailing from different states of the northeast, spend the whole movie roaming the streets of Delhi to find ingredients to cook a local dish for their friend Minam's wedding. Their friendship is very relatable, organic, and realistic, which makes this group one of the best on this list.
9. Minal, Falak, and Andrea from Pink
Three flatmates from Delhi share their apartment and a traumatic experience. After her abuse, Minal and her two friends, Falak and Andrea, file an FIR against a group of men with strong political connections. The loneliness of living in a city like Delhi brings them even closer.
10. Meghna, Janet, and Shonali from Fashion
The film tells the story of Meghna, a model who experiences ups and downs in her modeling career. She develops great bonds with two other fellow models who help her gain confidence and make her realize her true potential. Their friendship only strengthens as the movie progresses despite their career's ups and downs.