In the history of our cinema, there’ve always been visionary male directors who have not only embraced the art of storytelling but have also excelled in presenting strong, women-centric narratives. These filmmakers have defied societal norms, challenging traditional gender roles and stereotypes to deliver compelling stories that center around the experiences, struggles, and triumphs of female characters. Here’s taking a look at some of the recent ones whose films had our hearts.
Ram Madhvani – Neerja
Ram Madhvani directed the critically acclaimed film Neerja based on the real-life story of Neerja Bhanot, a courageous flight attendant who saved passengers during a hijacking. Through his masterful storytelling, Madhvani captures Neerja Bhanot’s unwavering bravery and selflessness, leaving audiences inspired by her remarkable journey.
Vikas Bahl – Queen
Vikas Bahl’s Queen is a heartwarming and empowering film that tells the story of Rani, played by Kangana Ranaut. After being jilted at the altar, Rani embarks on a solo honeymoon trip that transforms her into an independent, confident woman. The film celebrates self-discovery, female empowerment, and breaking societal norms.
Pradeep Sarkaar – Mardaani
Directed by Pradeep Sarkaar, Mardaani is a gripping crime thriller that follows a fearless female police officer played by Rani Mukerji. The film addresses the issue of human trafficking and emphasizes the strength and determination of the protagonist as she fights against the criminals. Pradeep Sarkaar’s direction in Mardaani is commendable for skillfully crafting a gripping crime thriller that sheds light on the grave issue of human trafficking. With finesse, he presents a complex and intense narrative, and through the fearless portrayal of the female protagonist by Rani Mukerji, Sarkaar delivered a hard-hitting film that raises awareness and sparks important conversations.
Omung Kumar – Mary Kom
Omung Kumar directed the biographical sports drama Mary Kom, based on the life of the renowned Indian boxer. The film portrays the struggles and triumphs of Mary Kom, played by Priyanka Chopra, as she overcomes obstacles and becomes a world champion. It showcases her determination, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit of a woman in a male-dominated field.
Anubhav Sinha – Thappad
Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad is a thought-provoking social drama that delves into the issue of domestic violence. The film revolves around a woman who decides to challenge societal norms and seek justice after her husband slaps her at a party. It sheds light on the significance of consent, equality, and the strength of women to stand up against injustice. Anubhav Sinha’s directorial prowess shines brightly in Thappad as he fearlessly tackles the sensitive subject of domestic violence, creating a thought-provoking social drama that resonates deeply with its audience.
While these are our favourite few films of recent times, we are very excited about some very interesting women stories upcoming up directed by male directors: Sanaa and Ulajh directed by Sudhanshu Saria, Tejas directed by Jasti Dharma Teja and Chakda Xpress directed by Prosit Roy.