The article explores the top 10 chick flicks of the decade 2007 to 2016. Chick flick is usually defined as a female-oriented, high in emotional drama and motivating. But in recent times there is a rise in these films but have been taking up different social causes rather than containing only superficial female characters and romantic storyline. The plots have become much graver, depicting close to real life characters and stand as a critique of the society.
Jab We Met
One of ‘’s most memorable directorial ventures, the story starts with the heartbroken Tycoon Aditya happening to meet the bubbly, fun-loving Geet. They have a hell of a time, from a missing a train twice to escaping a police raid. Geet helps Aditya overcome his heartbreak throughout the journey and makes him realize his self-worth. Later on, Geet is jilted by her boyfriend, Anshuman, Aditya finds her and wins her love.
’s critique on the grim and gory fashion world, through the characters of Meghna Mathur (
), Shonali Gujral () and Janet Sequeira (
) is as iconic till now as it was when it released. Meghna Mathur is a naïve girl from a small city, but she is confident enough of making it to the top, and she does. The film takes a turn when Meghna reaches the top and overthrows her competitor Shonali.
3) Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)
The friendship of two Besties, Jai and Aditi are put to the test when their college gets over, and they face the real world. Each comforts the other during the time of a calamity, but soon things change as new people arrive in their life and the dynamics of their friendship change. The film depicts the survival of Jai and Aditi’s friendship, and eventually them falling in love.
For every shopaholic who dreams of being a socialite with a cause, this is THE movie. The film portrays the life of an upper-class daddy’s girl Aisha (
) who indulges in match-making of the innocent small-town friend Shefali (
). The film showcases the spontaneity of Love. The film is based on ‘Jane Austen’s novel ‘
Band Baaja Baaraat
The film shows the ambitious Shruti Kakkar (
) and street smart Bittoo Sharma (
) forming a team to become the best Wedding Planner in India. But their business is hit when their partnership breaks off due to Bittoo’s resentment of Shruti’s feelings for him. The duo reluctantly forms a team again when they both are called to plan the marriage of the daughter of a tycoon and face each other. Later, they end up marrying each other.
This film is not only a chick flick but also has a feminist narrative. The film established Kangana Ranaut’s position as successful as her contemporaries in Hindi cinema. She plays the role of Rani, a shy and naive girl who is set to marry Vijay (Raj Kumar Yadav) but her world tumbles down when Vijay breaks off the marriage just a day before, justifying the cause to be Rani’s middle class mentality. Surprisingly, Rani gets up and decides to go to her honeymoon trip alone. Rani meets different people throughout her travel who become her lifelong friends, and she ends up finding her confidence and voice.
The film is loosely based on the 1980 ‘
’ starrer film of the same name. Sonam Kapoor (Mili) is a happy go lucky physiotherapist who is called for attending to the King who is left on a wheelchair after an accident. Mili’s love story starts when she meets the Prince Vikram Singh Rathore (Fawad Khan), and he is a complete opposite of who she is. She still falls in love with him owing to his charming personality and charisma. The film resembles a fairy tale with a modern day twist.
With the change of time the narrative of chick flicks are changing for good and are concentrating on the dilemma of their female characters. Piku is such film. Piku played by
is a strong-willed, independent girl who is having a problem taking care of her stubborn father who is suffering from constipation and an irritable bowel syndrome. Equally frustrated by her demanding career, she takes on a road trip in accordance with her father’s wish to visit their home-town Kolkata. The film shows the father-daughter bond.
The film is a courtroom drama, different from the prevalent chick flicks. It raises the issue of sexual harassment and the notion of modern and independent women ‘asking for it’ if they roam around with boys.
and delivered memorable characters. The film was critically acclaimed and was declared successful in box office. It takes a strong stand against sexual violence against women. The film is inspiring and voices for bringing a change in the society and stigmatizing modern working women.
The recently released movie starring
Shah Rukh Khan
in lead roles revolves around Kaira, a promising cinematographer whose life takes a downhill when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Kaira faces a lot of issues from then and suffers from insomnia. She ends up living with her parents and meets
, her psychologist who treats her for insomnia. Kaira ends up falling in love with life, embracing it and countering her commitment phobia.