Women’s Day Special: 7 Women-Centric Films You Must Watch

 Cinema is often considered to be a male-dominated industry, where heroes are treated as demi-gods and go on to star in leading roles long after their 30s. However, the same isn’t the case for the actresses. Many a times, their role in films is limited to a song-and-dance sequence, and once they are older, not even that. However, there are a few films that gave some of the leading actresses lots of scope to perform. These films gained critical acclaim as well good box office collections. On the occasion of Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some films that you must watch.

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1. Magalir Mattum (1994)
Starring Revathi, Rohini and Oorvasi in the lead, this film can now be deemed as a classic. Devoid of any preachy elements, this comedy was ahead of its times. The film told the tale of three women who decide to gang up and teach their harassing boss a lesson. However, things don’t go smoothly as their plan turns into a comedy of errors.
2. Indira (1995)
Directed by Suhasini Maniratnam, this film was the winner of two Tamil Nadu state government awards. The film shone light on the caste system that causes problems between two villages and how Indira (Anu Hasan) takes the issue in her hands and aims at resolving it. Apart from that, Indira can be remembered for its soulful musical score by A. R. Rahman. 
3.  Mozhi (2007)
Mozhi gained undivided attention because of its powerful story and Jyothika’s stellar performance. Mozhi is centered around Archana (Jyothika), a deaf and dumb girl, who meets a musician and eventually realizes that there is more to life than she had believed. This unlikely love story didn’t portray Archana as a needy person, but rather as a strong individual. This movie should be on your must-watch list. Warning: Please grab tissues, you may need them.
4. Poo (2008)
Winner of several State awards, Poo premiered at the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival. Directed by Sasi, it got the attention of many as it portrayed the concept of love from the point of view of a woman. The film told the tale of Maari (Parvathy) and how she handles rejection in her life. The film is a poignant tale of love, loss and happiness. 
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5. 22 Female Kottayam (2012)
22 Female Kottayam may seem like a regular love story with cute romantic moments in it, but as the film progresses, you discover shocking twists. A revenge film, 22 Female Kottayam will make you travel with Tessa in her journey to re-gain her dignity. A solid film for those who like thrillers. 
6. 36 Vayadhinile (2015)
After a brief hiatus, Jyothika made a comeback with 26 Vayadhinile, the remake of hit Malayalam movie ‘How Old Are You’. This film told the simple story of how marriage shouldn’t stop a woman from achieving her goals. This film was a hit with the audience and critics alike. 
7. Irudhi Suttru (2016)
Irudhi Suttru explored the unlikely relationship between a coach and his student, and how he trains her to win a medal. Refraining from having the conventional hero or the duet song sequences with a love track, Irudhi Suttru centered around Madhi and her zest to achieve her goals. This movie might teach you a thing or two about channelizing your energy in the right way. 
Which film are you planning to watch? Is there any other film you would like to add? Tell us in the comments below.

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