International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 annually. The day involves a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The month of March is celebrated as ‘Women’s History Month’.
The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the Gender Equality in the United States of America on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
Women Empowerment and Indian Cinema:
The Indian film industry has severed the audience with several films portraying strong women and celebrating their fierce characters. Bollywood has made films that raised a voice against women atrocities across the globe.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, here is the list of Bollywood films that portrays fierce women characters:
Chhapaak (Deepika Padukone):
Starring Deepika Padukone in the lead role, Chhapaak is the story of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, who was attacked by a known person at the age of 15. Chhapaak tells the inspiring story of Laxmi who started campaigns to prevent acid attacks and also filed a PIL to stop acid sales in India.
Thappad (Taapsee Pannu):
In a milieu where marital rape is normalised, a slap is not a big enough crime to merit a discussion and yet ‘Thappad’, a 2020 film directed by Anubhav Sinha, and co-produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, asked who should have the right to decide whether a line has been crossed in a relationship. The husband who slaps his wife or the wife who will not forget how casually her dignity was reduced to nothing.
English Vinglish (Sree Devi):
Sridevi plays Sashi, a devoted housewife who is not fluent in English. Coming from an upper-middle-class family, learning English becomes a source for her character building and confidence.
Lipstick Under My Burkha (Multi-starrer):
Written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the movie portrayed four women of different backgrounds and ages trying to fulfill their desires covertly. They also strive to protest against the men and the patriarchal society that governs their bodily choices.
Pink (Taapsee Pannu):
Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink taught consent to the general public. Three women, led by Taapsee Pannu, fight in the court of justice as they get dragged into a case of assault.
Parched (Radhika Apte):
Starring Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, and Tannishtha Chatterjee in lead roles, Parched is not just a movie but a fight against patriarchy, domestic violence, and marital rape. The film is available on Netflix.