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Best Feminist Movies of Bollywood

Last year in particular, was a year celebrating the strength of a woman in Bollywood. We have seen many more of these feminist movies and love watching them all the time. Here is a list of some beautiful feminist movies of Bollywood.
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Queen

Queen
A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled. This movie celebrates womanhood. Queen, is a story about rediscovering yourself and making yourself a priority and not an option. Its a movie which teaches every woman to love herself first before loving someone else

Director: Vikas Bahl
Writers: Vikas Bahl (story), Chaitally Parmar (story)
Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon.
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English Vinglish

English Vinglish
A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English and then decides to learn English and impresses everyone who thought she is just another housewife with her simplicity and passion to achieve her dreams.
Director: Gauri Shinde
Writer: Gauri Shinde
Stars: Sridevi, Adil Hussain and others.
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Chakde! India

Chakde! India
The story of a hockey player who returns to the game as a coach of a women's hockey team.The team of women are very inspiring for every woman out here and that nothing is impossible
Director: Shimit Amin
Writer: Jaideep Sahni
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan and others.
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Mary Kom

Mary Kom
A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.
Director: Omung Kumar
Writers: Saiwyn Qadras (story)
Stars: Priyanka Chopra
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Kahaani

Kahaani
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met her husband. It is a mystery/ thriller which takes you for a ride of discovering the strength of a woman.
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Writers: Sujoy Ghosh (screenplay), Sujoy Ghosh (story)
Stars: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee
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Mardaani

Mardaani
A cop's search for a missing teenage girl leads her to the depraved world of child trafficking. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between the fearless cop and a ruthless mafia kingpin.

Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Writer: Gopi Puthran
Stars: Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin
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Highway

Highway
Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper. Falling in love makes her realise the real ambitions of her life and the real Highway of Life.

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Writer: Imtiaz Ali
Stars: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda
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No One Killed Jessica

No One Killed Jessica
A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case. The story of Jessica Lal and the fight of her sister Sabrina inspired this movie.
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Writers: Amitabh Bhattacharya (lyrics), Raj Kumar Gupta (story)
Stars: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Myra Karn
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Fashion

Fashion
A small-town girl finally realizes her dream of becoming a famous supermodel but soon finds out that there's a price for her glamorous new life and how she leads her life on her principles inspite of going through downfalls.
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Writers: Ajay Monga (story), Madhur Bhandarkar (story)
Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugdha Godse.
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Gulaab Gang

Gulaab Gang
A fearless woman fights social injustice; creating a sanctuary for abused women and battling a crooked politician. The passion of these bunch of women will inspire the best in you.
Director: Soumik Sen
Writers: Soumik Sen (story), Amitosh Nagpal (dialogue)
Stars: Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla
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The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture
The love story between an actress and a director. This is about the ups and downs of a bold woman in a male dominated world of cinema set back in the late 1980's ending in her suicidal death. Inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha portrayed by the phenomenal actress Vidya Balan.

Director: Milan Luthria
Writer: Rajat Arora
Stars: Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor
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Water

Water
The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Director: Deepa Mehta
Writers: Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), Deepa Mehta
Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas
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Lajja

Lajja
Vaidehi (Manisha Koirala) gets married to Raghuvir (Jackie Shroff), an NRI. Suffering the agony of an unhappy marriage, she decides to run away from him when she learns that she is pregnant and he wants to take the child away from her. In her pursuit for freedom, she meets Mythili (Mahima Chaudhury) a bride-to-be, Janaki (Madhuri Dixit) a theatre artist and Ramdulari (Rekha) a village midwife - all of whom are victims of male chauvinism. They however refuse to be put down and fight for their rights.
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Writers: Ranjit Kapoor (dialogue), Ashok Rawat (associate script),
Stars: Rekha, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Mahima Chaudhary, Ajay Devgn
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Shakti: The Power

Shakti: The Power
A couple visits the husband's family in India and finds itself in the middle of a fratricidal battle. This movie is adapted from the Telugu movie Ananthapuram which seemed to be an adaptation of the book of Betty Mahmoody ' Not without my Daughter' , which is her real life story.

Director: Krishna Vamshi
Writers: Krishna Vamshi (screenplay), Kamal Pandey (dialogue)
Stars: Karisma Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Sanjay Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan
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The Liar's Dice

The Liar's Dice
The film follows Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, who embarks on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband. Along this journey she encounters Nawazudin, a free spirited army deserter who helps them to get to their destination with his own selfish motive
Director: Geethu Mohandas
Writer: Geethu Mohandas
Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta
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Zubeidaa

Zubeidaa
Zubeida, an aspiring Muslim actress, marries a Hindu prince to become his second wife. Her tumultuous relationship with her husband, and her inner demons lead her to a decision which has fatal consequences for them all.

Director: Shyam Benegal
Writers: Khalid Mohamed (original story and screenplay), Javed Siddiqui (dialogue)
Stars: Karisma Kapoor, Rekha, Manoj Bajpayee
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