5 Films based on Rural Women

Today, October 15, is International Day of Rural Women. It was first observed on October 15, 2008 and was established by the UN General Assembly. The purpose is ensuring rural women’s access to productive agricultural resources contributes to decreasing world hunger and poverty; to make rural women critical for the success of the new Sustainable Development agenda for 2030. The day recognizes "the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty". We salute these women. No wonder so many films have been made featuring their lives and struggles. Following is a list, where we have chosen five of the best films centered on Indian rural women.

Mother India (1957)
This epic follows the story of a poverty-stricken village woman named Radha (Nargis) who struggles to raise her kids while going up against a greedy moneylender. Despite the many hurdles she faces, she refuses to sacrifice her integrity, hence setting a goddess-like moral example of an ideal Indian woman.


Parched (2016)
Written and directed by Leena Yadav, the film is about four rural women (played by Radhika Apte, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Lehar Khan, Surveen Chawla) in Gujarat who talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual demons.


Gulaab Gang (2014)
Starring Madhuri Dixiti and Juhi Chawla, it follows a gang of rural women who wear pink sarees, rebelling against issues like domestic violence, dowry system, rape, electricity matters and education.


Rudaali (1993)
This Dimple Kapadia starrer is based on a custom in certain areas of Rajasthan where women of a lower caste are hired as professional mourners upon the death of upper-caste males.


Rihaee (1988)
Featuring Hema Malini as well as Vinod Khanna and Naseeruddin Shah, the film deals with the promiscuity of male migrant workers to urban India, and also the sexuality of women, left behind the rural regions.

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