It is no secret that women are underrepresented in cinema. Men usually enjoy the central role in most films while women are added as padding to the actor’s role. However, since the advent of new-gen directors and their increasing innovative ideas and focus on real stories, women-oriented movies have become a thing. Sandalwood, too, has given us some remarkable women-oriented Kannada movies over the years and here are five of the best of them:

Ragini IPS

Directed by Anand P Raju, this is one of the most commercialized female-oriented movies in Sandalwood. It was showered with much appreciation and awards. Watch Ragini Dwivedi in a bold role as a police officer taking some strong decisions. Learn and motivate yourself to be a better citizen and serve the nation with absolute honesty and bravery.
Available on: Airtel Xstream

Kanooru Heggadithi

The film revolutionized Kannada cinema while hitting out against patriarchy and chauvinism. The inspirational movie showcases Subbamma’s progression and evolution from a helpless woman to someone quite unimaginable. For those who think less of themselves, this movie is an absolute confidence booster.
Available on: Voot

Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu

One of the greatest actors of India, Suhasini stars in this story of family, love and emotions. She plays a selfless woman who takes up the responsibility of protecting her family after her father abandons them. Her only goal is to make her siblings self-sufficient and settled in life.
Available on: Jio Cinemas, Eros, Sun Nxt

Moggina Manasu

As teenagers, one goes through different stages in life with unconditional feelings. This movie is an exact portrayal of those times, imaginations, explorations and aspirations. Look how these teenagers survive such experiences and come out as mature adults.
Available on: YouTube


The Shruthi Hariharan starrer is a reflection of the problems women have to go through while expressing their physical needs. It is a constant struggle between their cultural beliefs and desires , while dealing with their vulnerabilities in a close-minded Indian society.
Available on: Netflix

Watch these women-oriented Kannada movies to strike up a few feminist conversations among friends and make yourself question, “Why should boys have all the fun?” Widen your thoughts and work for a greater need. Don’t forget to come back to the blog for more fun watchlists.