You will get uncountable daughters of India who are may be well known to people or maybe not, but one thing they surely do and that is to make the country proud. It is amazing when Bollywood made a special place for them in the Indian film history by making movies on them. It is just that, some of them watched that happen in front of their own eyes and some of them did not get to know.
This women’s day let’s celebrate those women who not only affected the Indian society but also inspired Bollywood really hard!
In 1975, Bollywood released ‘Aandhi’, a film starring Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen, and directed by Gulzar. The film was based on the life of the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her relationship with her estranged husband.
The movie was not allowed a full release when Mrs. Gandhi was in power. The film was banned during the national emergency of 1975 a few months after its release. The ban immediately made the film a national topic.
Geeta and Babita Phogat
Though the Phogat sisters got their popularity by their talents in wrestling, ‘Dangal’, released in 2016, gave their story of victory a new level. This biographical, sports drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari starred Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, the father of two and made the Phogat family a talk of the country.
The Ashok Chakra Award winner as the youngest recipient of India's highest peacetime award for bravery, Neerja Bhanot’s story came out in light all over again with the film ‘Neerja’ that was released in 2016. This biographical thriller film directed by Ram Madhvani featured Sonam Kapoor as Neerja and the actress did total justice to the real life character.
Director Omung Kumar met Kom to ask her permission for the film, before her bronze medal victory at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which brought her recognition. Finally in 2014, ‘Mary Kom’ hit the theaters and it was a hit instantly.
The film depicts Kom's journey of becoming a boxer to her victory at the 2008 World Boxing Championships in Ningbo. ‘Mary Kom’ stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role who underwent extensive physical training for three months to attain a muscular physique like Kom.
The Pink Gang
The Pink or Gulaab Gang members are activists and vigilantes in Bundelkhand Uttar and Madhya Pradesh. They wear pink sarees and take up issues like domestic violence, the dowry system, rape, electricity matters, and education.They came under spotlight and became a big part of discussion when Bollywood recognized their contribution to the society and made more than one documentaries on them.
The first documentary released in 2012, written and directed by Nishtha Jain and co-written and produced by Torstein Grude at Piraya Film. The film ‘Gulaab Gang’, released in 2014 and directed by Soumik Sen also gave the gang the reputation it deserves.
‘Bandit Queen’, a 1994 Indian biographical film was based on the life of Phoolan Devi as covered in the book ‘India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi’ by the Indian author Mala Sen. It was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas as the title character.
The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year.
Inspired by the life of Silk Smitha, a South Indian actress noted for her erotic roles, ‘The Dirty Picture’ was realized in 2011 and became an instant super hit in the box office.
It won three National Film Awards including Best Actress, three Filmfare Awards and six Screen Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Vidya Balan got a lot of popularity for her portrayal of Silk.