Top Rated Indian Movies About Strong Women

by imdb_india_editors | created - 07 Mar 2017 | updated - 07 Mar 2017 | Public

Celebrate International Women's Day with movies that feature strong women from IMDb's Top Rated Indian Movies Chart.

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1. Dangal (2016)

Not Rated | 161 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

Director: Nitesh Tiwari | Stars: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

Votes: 127,029 | Gross: $12.39M

In Dangal, two young girls are given the opportunity to test their physical and mental strength as professional wrestlers.

2. Queen (2013)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled.

Director: Vikas Bahl | Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon, Jeffrey Ho

Votes: 55,753 | Gross: $1.43M

A young woman is on the path to a traditional life as a supportive wife when her life takes a turn that is at first traumatic but eventually becomes empowering.

3. Pink (III) (2016)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Thriller

When three young women are implicated in a crime, a retired lawyer steps forward to help them clear their names.

Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury | Stars: Taapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang

Votes: 33,006 | Gross: $1.24M

This movie challenges the double standard prevalent in even apparently progressive communities when it comes to gender. Three young women, assisted by their lawyer, insist that they deserve the same rights and freedoms under the law as the powerful young men who seek to shame them.

4. Chak de! India (2007)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Family, Sport

68 Metascore

Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds.

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Shilpa Shukla

Votes: 67,176 | Gross: $1.11M

This movie promotes athleticism and self-confidence in women, and shows that with support, community, self-confidence, and effort, women can literally hit their goals.

5. Kahaani (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Mystery, Thriller

A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh | Stars: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Indraneil Sengupta, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 52,456 | Gross: $1.04M

It's poetic that Kahaani is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its release right on the heels of International Women's Day. The movie chronicles the quest of an incredibly tenacious pregnant woman determined to find her missing husband.

6. PK (2014)

Not Rated | 153 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An alien on Earth loses the only device he can use to communicate with his spaceship. His innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani

Votes: 140,125 | Gross: $10.62M

Anushka Sharma plays a modern woman with a successful career and an open mind.

7. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 10,458

A small-town girl's world is blown open by her exposure to the harsh realities of violence in Kashmir. In the process of fighting for her husband's life, Roja evolves into strong womanhood.

8. Mother India (1957)

Not Rated | 172 min | Drama, Musical, Family

53 Metascore

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

Director: Mehboob Khan | Stars: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar

Votes: 7,739

In this classic movie, Nargis plays the archetypal Hindi movie "Ma" figure. In order to feed her children, this mother works herself to the bone, while maintaining her dignity and morality.

9. Masaan (2015)

109 min | Drama

Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and... See full summary »

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan | Stars: Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Pankaj Tripathi

Votes: 19,256

Masaan takes an unflinching look at the oppressive ways in which traditional social structures like gender and caste play out in the lives of young people.

10. English Vinglish (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.

Director: Gauri Shinde | Stars: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand

Votes: 30,668 | Gross: $1.67M

A gentle homemaker is ridiculed for her struggles with spoken English until she takes charge of her own education and gains the respect of everyone around her.

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