Some time ago, I was asked for Bollywood recs featuring ladies as lead characters and with excellent female friendships and relationships, and at the time I did not have many recs because I had not seen as movies featuring such! But now I AM BACK WITH RECS and they are allll have girls being rad!!
1. No One Killed Jessica (2011)
Look forward to: the unlikely partnership conceived in the aftermath of model Jessica Lall’s murder in Delhi; a no-nonsense newscaster teams up with her grief-stricken sister to correct the Indian justice system. Based on a true story and very moving.
2. Aisha (2010)
Look forward to: the friendships between Aisha, a carefree socialite who enjoys making matches that end in marriage, and her friends, who’d rather she sort about her own love life first. An incredibly charming adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma set in modern India.
3. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
Look forward to: the ambition, heartache, and madness that drives Susanna Anna Marie Johannes to marry seven men, and kill them off one-by-one. Priyanka Chopra was awarded Critics’ Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards this year for her performance as Susanna, and I have to say that she most definitely deserved it.
4. The Dirty Picture (2011)
Look forward to: falling in love with Silk, a runaway bride-turned-actress who paved her way by seducing the film industry and the audiences–while upsetting the critics and modest mothers–of the 80’s. Loosely based on the life of Silk Smitha, this film also crowned Vidya Balan as Popular Best Actress at same Filmfare awards.
5. Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009)
Look forward to: the wacky antics of Veera, who disguises herself as a man in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional cricket player. Inspired by the American film She’s The Man, but with none of the “OH GOD HE’S GAY, GAY IS BAD”-ness of the original, amazingly!
6. Aaja Nachle (2007)
Look forward to: the passion for life that a single mother brings back to her hometown by opening a dance studio to save a historic landmark and preserve the culture she’d run away from years ago. A really wonderful story about mothers and daughters and friendship.