National Women’s Day: Powerful Personalities Played on Screen

For the longest time, women have been subjected to subordination and considered the weaker sex. But, isn’t it ironic to call the bearer of all humankind weak? The strength of a woman lies in her ability to accept her weakness and rise above it. No doubt, every woman is an inspiration but when we witness the greatness of those who cut across all cultural barriers in order to do the impossible, we are amazed.

Don’t they deserve attention? Cinema is the best visual medium to bring such powerful personalities to a wider span of attention. A lot of filmmakers have attempted to make biopics centered on famous women. Today, on National Women’s Day, as we salute the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives, here's a quick glance at the film industry’s efforts in paying homage to some iconic women.

Bandit Queen (1995)
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masterpiece by Shekhar Kapur, Bandit Queen narrates the gripping story of late Phoolan Devi, an Indian bandit, whose journey is nothing short of being epic. The film traces the rebel’s tough personality as she fought against caste tyranny and patriarchy.

The Dirty Picture (2011)
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Based on the life of Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati aka Silk Smitha, the film made quite the noise for depicting the controversial life of the Southern sex siren. The actress defied all societal norms at a time when men ruled the industry and left behind a legacy.

Mary Kom (2014)
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Priyanka Chopra set the screen on fire with her portrayal of the five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and an Olympic bronze medallistMary Kom in the 2014-released biographical film, Mary Kom. From Manipur, one of the North-Eastern states, she went on to inspire millions of women who dare to dream.

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
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A message of courage and hope in the face of adversity is what Anne Frank gave to millions through powerful memoirs recorded in her diary at the time her family went into hiding during the holocaust. This is the first film that was based on a play, which again was inspired by the actual story.  

The Iron Lady (2011)
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To be the first woman Prime Minister of the oldest democracy is definitely an achievement. Watch out for this movie to explore the electrifying personality of Margaret Thatcher aka The Iron Lady. Her unbending, daring political attitude and leadership made her both famous and immortal in the pages of history.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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This silent movie focuses on the trial of Joan of Arc post the charges of heresy and witchcraft were slapped on her. However, what is to be noticed is French actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti's portrayal of the character's incessant determination to lead the French army thereby bringing victory to France by capturing Orleans.

On this special day, we salute the indomitable spirit of the woman. Check out the movies in the list and let us know your thoughts on them in the comments below.  

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