Bengali films have excelled in their portrayal of women who aren’t looking for a “saviour,” whether they be adaptations of Mahashweta Devi, Sarat Chandra, our Rabindranath Tagora’s works, or movies made by Aparna Sen or Satyajit Ray. Instead, as they go through the world, they engage in their own conflicts. In their tales, Bengali movies have continuously tried to show these strong, independent women.
The culture is reflected through movies. Despite the fact that most movies are fiction, the culture and psychology in our environment serve as inspiration. Bengali cinema have been doing it for decades now. However Bollywood still lags behind in terms of creating more female-centric films and different roles for women.
These Bengali films have been chosen as must-sees for women across the nation.
Shakuntala Barua, Abhishek Chatterjee, Indrani Halder, Subhendu Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, and Suchitra Mitra star in Rituparno Ghosh’s late 1997 social drama film Dahan. The film is based on the same-titled short story by Suchitra Bhattacharya. Romita, a bride, is followed home by five men who are harassing her. The only one with the guts to offer help is the young female instructor Jhinuk.
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The 2003 National Award-winning movie Chokher Bali, which also starred Lily Chakravarty, Tota Roy Chowdhury, and Swastika Mukherjee in significant roles, is based on the same-titled 1903 novel by Rabindranath Tagore. It stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Raima Sen, and Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead roles. Binodini, a young widow, lives with a woman and her son Mahendra, who had earlier turned down her request for a marriage.
The 2017 movie, which Aparna Sen directed, features Lillete Dubey, Shabana Azmi, and Sen in the key characters. The movie follows an evening in one of the homes of these three friends, who are now in their fifties and get together to drink wine and reflect on their lives. Every young and middle-aged woman in the world ought to see this movie.
The Bengali film Kuler Achar, which recently had its Hoichoi debut, is an uproarious ride that tells a tale about a woman’s desire to retain her maiden surname and the humorous yet sad nuances that surround the idea. Indrani Halder, Neel Mukherjee, Madhumita Sarcar, and Vikram Chatterjee make up the ensemble cast.