Women – they are gentle yet fierce creatures who overcome all odds and tackle the toughest situations. They’re ever ready to conquer the hardest battle life throws at them. And cinema has rarely depicted them in a positive light, often labeling them into gender stereotypes. But some films, have give us some awe-inspiring stories about women. Our mainstream cinema has beautifully been able to capture the spirit of womanhood. We give you a list of films, that’ll inspire each woman. Don’t give up just yet.
Chak De! India (2007)
If there is one sports-based film that shook film buffs, then it is Chak De India. A refreshing drama film, that revolved around the game of field-hockey. After his loss to the Pakistani hockey team, Kabir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) is forced to quit from the game. Seven years later, in an attempt to redeem himself, Khan decides to coach a 16 member, women’s Hockey team in order to help them win the hockey world cup. The film explored the religious bigotry, gender stereotypes and sexism. A movie that depicts the saying – a pack that plays together, stays together.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Although this film broke our hearts and made us weep, due to its tragic ending, it did create an impact on us. Directed by the legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank played the role of a struggling waitress who beats all odds to become a boxer. This gritty drama, taught us hope, determination and redemption. This film won 4 Oscars, including Hilary Swank bagging the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Mary Kom (2014)
She’s got the zeal, the passion and the determination; she is Mary Kom. India has finally got its first woman-based sports film that stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role. The film is based on the life of the Indian female boxer, Mary Kom. The film promises to portray the life of the Olympic gold-medalist, and the undying will and dedication she invested to achieve her goal. We all love underdog stories, and Mary Kom is one such story that is most-likely to inspire us.
She’s The Man (2006)
Starring then teenage sensation, Amanda Bynes this sports-based, revolved around a girl who decides to disguise herself as her brother and take part in the school’s boys’ soccer team. Laced with a high comedy quotient, the film gave quite a few laughs and gave us a reason to follow our dreams.
Bend it like Beckham (2002)
A coming-of-age drama, starring Keira Knightely and Parmindar Nagra, this film turned out to be a sleeper-hit film, that captivated everyone’s attention, especially that of the Indian audience. The film showcased the life of an NRI girl, who was not allowed to play Soccer because of the conservative family. Not only did the film challenge gender roles, but it also gave an insight into the cultural identities. But most importantly, it gave us the whacky and thought-provoking quote, "Anyone can cook aloo-gobhi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?”
What did you think of this list? Did you feel an adrenaline rush that’s supercharged your system to take on the world? Do let us know if this inspired you to dream bigger.