8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day. This day serves as a reminder that women have equal rights, choices and freedom as men. It embraces gender equality and celebrates social, cultural, political, economic and other accomplishments of women. To mark the occasion, check out a few Hindi biopics on inspirational women that would motivate you:
Neerja is based on a real-life event in 1986 where an Indian flight was hijacked in Karachi, Pakistan. 23-year-old flight attendant, Neerja Bhanot sacrificed her life trying to help save the passengers and crew. Neerja became and remains the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra. She was also honored with several other accolades from the governments of Pakistan and the United States. The biopic was directed by Ram Madhvani featuring Sonam Kapoor in the lead role.
2. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
Gunjan Saxena is a former Indian Air Force Officer. She joined IAF in 1996 and participated in The Kagil War in 1999. She is one of the first women to fly in a combat zone. She evacuated over 900 troops, both injured and deceased, from Kargil and thus earned the title of “The Kargil Girl”. In 2020, a Bollywood film was made to showcase her accomplishments. The film features Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi and Angad Bedi.
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Dangal is a biographical sports film based on Mahavir Singh Phogat, a Haryanvi wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers. This film features Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Aparshakti Khurana. It was released in 2016 and is one of the highest-grossing Indian films globally. This film promotes gender equality amongst the masses with its popular dialogue “Mhaari Choriyan Chhoron Se Kam Hai Ke?”
Thalaivii is based on the life and achievements of actress-turned-politician Jayalalithaa. Jaya started her career as an actor to support her family and became popular in a short time span. She was given the title of “Queen of Tamil Cinema”. Her close relationship with M.G.R introduced her to politics. Jayalalithaa served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for more than fourteen years over six terms between 1991 and 2016. Kangana Ranaut portrays Jayalalithaa in her biopic called Thalaivii. It was released in 2021.
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5. Mary Kom
Mary Kom is a biographical sports film based on the life of Indian female boxer Mary Kom. This film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role. Mary Kom is the only woman to win the World Amateur Boxing Championship six times, the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships. She is also the only boxer (male or female) to win eight World Championship medals. Her biopic was released in 2014 and serves as a big inspiration to all women.
Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack victim survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The film is directed by Meghna Gulzar and features Deepika Padukone in the lead role. Laxmi was attacked when she was 15 years old. A 32-year-old man threw acid on her after she refused his proposal. Despite this tragedy, Laxmi came back stronger. She is now a TV activist and host.
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7. Gangubai Kathiawadi
The latest Bollywood biopic that created a buzz amongst the audience is Gangubai Kathiawadi. It is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film and was released in 2022. Alia Bhatt features in the lead role with Ajay Devgn, Vijay Raaz and Shantanu Maheshwari in pivotal roles. The film is loosely based on the true story of Ganga Jagjivandas Kathiawadi, popularly known as Gangubai Kothewali. This film shows the life of a simple girl forced into prostitution but how she accepts her fate and rises to power.
Enjoy these biopics and celebrate the spirit of womanhood this Women’s Day!
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