• Mar 3, 2019
  • Arshdeep Kaur Sidhu
  • Rank 21 in Group I : Entertainment
Category II : Movie


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The changing role of women in the cinema industry over the decades . How this shift is related to growth of feminism and women empowerment .

                                                         EMINENCE OF WOMEN IN INDIAN CINEMA


                                    “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish “- Michelle Obama

Gone is the time when cinema world was dominated by men, nowadays women are getting not only more leading roles but also movies led by them are making more money. Recent study of the box office displays this women empowerment trend.

This is evitable in all aspects of society, women are not only dominating in selective sectors, but nearly in all areas of society nowadays. Tru identity of women is always underestimated in the men dominating society. But in today's era scenario is changed to the great extent.


The 1990s brought appreciable changes in the Hindi cinema. With the passing years, several films came up with the changing roles of female component in the industry. Legends like Hema Malini , Rekha ji, Sri devi, Madhuri Dixit and many others amplified the worthiness of women. This period proved to be a successful beginning of feminism in this arena. This very stage became the means for women to justify their substance and expertise. Talent has progressed exponentially since then.

How these movies are changing impression of women in the new era ? What image is being built ? How change is evolving ?

The Kangana Ranaut led ‘Manikarnika’ voices the life of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the key leaders in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Alia Bhatt in nail-biting ‘Raazi’ essayed a young Kashmiri who portrays an Indian spy in Pakistan. Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Padmaavat’ is the 10th-highest-grossing Indian film worldwide in spite of all the controversies. Sonam Kapoor in and as ‘Neerja’ ushers story of self-sacrifice courage and massive bravery.

Besides acting women have also set a landmark in direction. Movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (by Zoya Akhtar), Main Hoon Na (by Farah Khan), GOLD (by Reema Kagti) have shown immense caliber of female directors.

Listed above are a very lean number of favourite women-led films but their range advocates that roles really impact gender roles in originality and are breaking stereotypes. With modernization, stress goes on feminism and women empowerment. 

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – GD Anderson.

Arshdeep Kaur Sidhu