The International Women’s Day is observed across the world on March 8 to celebrate womanhood. We acknowledge them for their achievements in various fields. Bollywood has often been accused of being insensitive towards women. Mostly, our Hindi film industry has portrayed women as dependent on their male counterparts over the years. However, this trend has undergone a change in recent times. There have been women-centric films which have shown women as strong and independent, capable of taking decisions for themselves. Here are some path-breaking flicks.

Here are some path-breaking flicks which you should not miss at all.

Pink: In a society which has regressive norms for women to lead their lives, Pink was a path-breaker. The courtroom drama starred Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Amitabh Bachchan which revolved around an ugly incident involving a local politician’s son. The film laid stress on the fact that a woman’s refusal for consent should be respected.taapsee-pannu-pink-photo-for-inuth

Piku: Deepika Padukone won our hearts when she played a strong independent working woman in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku. In professional life, she was assertive even if it meant pissing off people around her. At home, she was a caring beti to her aging father (Amitabh Bachchan) who often complained of constipation. There is a candid conversation between Deepika and Irrfan near Hooghly river wherein they discuss their future plans. You should not miss this movie at all.

Queen: How would a girl feel if her groom-to-be calls off the wedding at the last moment? Well that’s really a stupid question. But Kangana Ranaut who played Rani in the Vikas Bahl directorial, embarked on a solo honeymoon. The film dealt with Rani’s trip to Europe and her unique experience there. Just have a look at the song. The film got Kangana her second National Award for Best Actor (Female).

Fashion: Madhur Bhandarkar is known for portraying realism in his films. Priyanka Chopra-Kangana Ranaut starrer Fashion was a critical success as it dealt with the lives of models who have to toil hard to make their mark in the fashion industry. Priyanka played Meghna, a small-town girl who defies odds to carve an identity for herself.

The Dirty Picture: “Kuch logon ka naam unke kaam se hota hai, mera badnaam hokar hua.” An unapologetic Silk played by Vidya Balan utters this dialogue to describe her path to success. Based on the life of yesteryear South Indian actor Silk Smitha, the Milan Luthria directorial dealt with various aspects of her life right from rise to stardom and downfall leading to her demise. The film won a lot of accolades including three National Awards.