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Hit Women-Oriented Bollywood Movies

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It is often said that Bollywood is lead by the men like Khans and the Kapoors. However, women who are considered only as a side role have also proved their worth and came up as equals through their talent. Well the same this is unfortunately considered in Hollywood as well. If you watch the Oscar winning speech of 2014 Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett, you can make out that a lot of people who think that women-oriented films will not click are wrong.

In Bollywood, there are some daring and strong women who have proved that women-centric films can be as equal to those of men. For example, Vidya Balan is one of the actresses in Bollywood who has proved that women-centric films can be hit.

There are many women-centric Bollywood films which have been a commercial hit and has silenced the critics as well. It all started with Mother India which is still one of the best films made in Bollywood. Chandni Bar, Black, Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica, Fashion and the recent movie Queen are some of the hit women-centric films in Bollywood which you must watch!

From playing a love interest to leading the film alone, these celebrities have given mind blowing performances in movies which can inspire you, move you and encourage you to believe in yourself. For example, Sridevi's comeback film English Vinglish is one of the most inspiring movies made recently in Bollywood. The movie shows how a house wife struggles to learn English and prove her worth in the family where she is always criticised.

Here are some of the best women-centric Bollywood films that you must watch to boost your self-esteem.

Must Watch Women-Centric Bollywood Films:


lack was one of the most successful films of Rani Mukerji for which she swept numerous awards in her kitty. It also stars the superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.

Chandni Bar

Madhur Bhandarkar's movie Chandni bar staring Tabu was a heartwarming story of the struggles done by a sex worker to raise her kids and give them a better lifestyle. No wonder, Tabu deserved the National Award for her brilliant role in the movie.


Another Madhur Bhandarkar's hit film is based on the lives of a model. The movie also stared Kangana Ranaut, Mughda Godse and Arbaaz Khan in lead roles.


2014 hit film Queen is one of the best films done by Kangana Ranaut. After sudden rejection by fiance a day before marriage, Rani (Kangana) decides to alter her life irreversibly and get over her fears.

English Vinglish

Sridevi made her Bollywood comeback with the hit and woman-oriented Bollywood film, English Vinglish. Sridevi plays the role of a housewife and it shows her journey of self-realisation.


Vidya Balan has done quite a couple of women-centric Bollywood films which includes the critically acclaimed Kahaani. She plays the role of a pregnant woman who is searching for her missing husband.

The Dirty Picture

Another blockbuster hit by Vidya Balan was Dirty Picture. The actress went bold and the movie is based on Southern siren, Silk Smitha.


The bold and sensuous movie is another woman-oriented film which brought Mallika Sherawat to fame. Based on the Hollywood film Unfaithful, the story involves the life of a married woman who gets into an extra-marital affair, and what follows afterward.


Deepa Mehta made this beautiful women-centric film which was a treat to the eyes. It is a story tale of forbidden love between a widow (Lisa Ray) and a social reformist (John Abraham).


Although the movie was not that commercially hit, but Heroine is one of the women-centric Bollywood films which shows struggles of a movie star who tries everything to be in the top.

The Namesake

It was a touching movie which got positive response from American critics. It shows the life of Indian descent couple Tabu and Irrfan Khan who settle in US and what happens after her husband dies.

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