The Best Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood from the Last Decade

Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood

The Best Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood from the Last Decade

In the past 10 years we have seen a rise of many female centric Bollywood films. It has been a pleasant change from the 90s and 00s era where women were casted mostly as arm candy. A new decade is here and let’s take a look at few of the women centric films that have contributed to the society and the industry. 

1 The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture featuring Vidya Balan in the lead role, is inspired by the life and times of Silk Smitha. It was acclaimed for portraying female sexuality and how Vidya Balan’s character is of an empowered woman who does not step back and does whatever it is to take a foot in a male dominated industry

2 Kahaani


This is a thriller by Sujoy Ghosh, with Vidya Balan in the lead role who plays the character of a pregnant woman whose husband goes missing in Kolkata. Through immersive imagery and an engaging story, this movie is all about power, courage and strength of women.

3 English Vinglish

English Vinglish

English Vinglish is the comeback film for Sridevi and it was a critical and commercial success and for all the good reasons. Sridevi plays the role of a middle-class simple housewife who wishes to learn English language in New York and regains her confidence. If at all your friends and family lets you down, this movie is for you. 

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4 Queen


With Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, this movie made solo honeymoon cooler than ever. In the movie you will see her transform from a quiet simple woman to a confident and assertive one. This movie will give you numerous life lesson.

5 Mary Kom

Mary Kom is based on the life on Mary Kom and it is been portrayed by Priyanka Chopra Jonas in the titular role. This movie shows her journey from taking her training in a local gym to becoming on the most famous personalities in India and a National Champion. The movie faced criticism for Priyanka Chopra’s accent but still it showed an empowering story.

6 Margarita with a Straw

The lead of this film is Kalki Koechlin who plays the character of a lady with cerebral palsy and how she explores her life, tries to study and even find love in a foreign place. It also focuses on the experiences and coming to terms with her sexual orientation.

7 Pink

Pink movie, Best Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood

The movie which made no means not a mainstream dialogue and however this did not show much of a courtroom drama but raised many questions on consent and sexual assault. In the era of MeToo, this film is quite gripping. It stars Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu.

8 Lipstick Under My Burkha

Lipstick Under My Burkha, Best Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood

It’s about the story of four Indian women who balance their professional and personal lives while dealing with patriarchy. With all four stories moving parallelly, there is one thing that is common; how men and women are differently judged by the society. The movie was denied certification by censor board as it brought the state of women in end in broad light. 

9 Tumhari Sulu

Tumhari Sulu, Best Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood

Vidya Balan plays the character of Sulu, a housewife who wanted to do something new, so she bags the job of a radio jockey. With her colleagues and boss helping her out, she excels in her work, but her personal life takes a hit. How she balances both and emerges victorious tells us the story of determination and grit. 

10 Soni

Soni, Best Woman Centric Movies in Bollywood

This is a story about two lady cops who try to deal with misogyny and casual sexism at their workplace. The film looks more like a crime drama, but it shows the bonding between the two women and how they help each other with their professional and personal lives.