4 Must Watch Women-Centric Films Of 2016 Directed By Indian Women!

Posted on 22 September, 2016 by Team Wishberry

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In recent times, the number of films with women-centric themes has not just increased in India, but has also seen immense growth and appreciation worldwide. But more than the subject of films like Amelia (2009), English Vinglish (2012) or Margarita, with a Straw (2014), it is the person behind the camera that has made the visual storytelling all the more effective.


The last few years have been great for women filmmakers who’ve not only made profitable films featuring women, but also did so with content that has never been spoken of before.


Here are a few women-centric films directed by Indian women you should catch this year:


Queen Of Katwe by Mira Nair

Director Mira Nair narrates the story of 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi, whose humble life is transformed after she realizes her gift for chess. Queen of Katwe is a thrilling true story of hope and discovery. The film follows the life of a young girl from rural Uganda, who discovers a passion for chess and sets out to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion.

The film is set to hit the screens in India on 7th October 2016.


Parched by Leena Yadav

For Parched, director Leena Yadav turned her lens to a group of ordinary women with a thirst for more than what life has given them. Parched captures the journey of four ordinary women who leave the traditions of servitude behind and set off on a journey away from patriarchy.


The film has been the festival favourite all year long for mirroring stories of women struggling to display the feeling of liberation. Leena Yadav’s bold film set in Rajasthan’s hostile landscapes releases in India on 23rd September.


Nil Battey Sannata by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari


Nil Battey Sannata (The New Classmate) is Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut that released in India earlier this year.

The film follows the story of a single mother who’s struggling to get her daughter to concentrate on her studies. While the daughter believes her education will not help her get a job any better than her mother’s i.e. a household maid, her mother thinks otherwise. Hence, she decides to educate herself in order to display the power of education.


Saala Khadoos by Sudha K. Prasad


An under-fire boxing coach chances upon the raw fighting talent - a fisher woman who also is a sibling to an aspiring boxer. He decides to put in all his effort to train her to accomplish his dream of being a champion through her.


Directed by Sudha Kongara, Saala Khadoos released earlier this year and is available on Netflix to stream. It is one of the few Indian films on women in sports. Sudha debuted as a screenwriter with the critically acclaimed Mitr, My Friend (2002).


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