10 TV series that celebrate feminism!

Aalhad Bavkar
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These female characters have broken stereotypes and influenced men and women alike through their impactful portrayal.

Women have often been relegated to roles as mothers, wives, and deuteragonists in major films and series. In the early days of cinema, they were absent from both screen and theatre, with cross-dressing men taking on female roles. Over time, doors gradually opened for women to participate in acting. As the golden age of cinema dawned, notable actresses like Nargis, Meena Kumari, and Madhubala emerged.

Today, women don't merely act in movies and television but also portray characters with pivotal roles in the plot and message of the film. Content is no longer solely crafted for commercial purposes but also serves to raise awareness about social, economic and political issues. So when better than Women’s Day to highlight some shows that portray how women have elegantly portrayed empowering and strong characters on screen! Especially in the recent few years,these women stand out for their stellar performances showcasing independance and self-reliance which has been refreshing to watch on-screen for once!

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Let's take a look at some of our favorite women-centric shows!

Maharani - SonyLIV 

Huma Qureshi is the highlight of the show through and through. The tale of an uneducated housewife who transforms into a driven and feisty Chief Minister, Maharani sends across the powerful message that women can move mountains with their grit and determination. 

Karmma CallingDisney+ Hotstar

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! Karmma Calling is the suspense laden tale of a young woman who swears revenge on a powerful family that wronged her. Headlined with flair and finesse by the impeccable Raveena Tandon, this show is tailor made for lovers of revenge thrillers where nothing is what it seems like, and every person has a dark and deadly secret hiding under their smile. 

Raisinghani vs Raisinghani - SonyLiv 

A courtroom saga led by the incredible Jennifer Winget, Raisinghani v/s Raisinghani is an intense family legal drama. It tells the story of Anushka Raisinghani, a talented female lawyer who’s always sidelined by her father who considers her empathy to be a weak trait. When a seemingly innocent intern joins her firm with a hidden agenda, a can of worms are opened, and it is up to Anushka to unravel the truth. 

Aarya- Disney+ Hotstar

Ever since the first season hit screens, audiences have been captivated by this ‘loving wife turns dangerous drug lord’ series. The final chapter of the Aarya universe, Aarya Season 3 sees Sushmita Sen at her edgy and fiery best as she battles countless villains in the quest to keep her family safe. 


Dahaad - Prime Video

This crime/mystery show follows Anjali Bhaati her boss needs to be mentioned too since he was leading the case as she investigates a series of women turning up dead in public bathrooms. As she investigates further, she finds out that these deaths are murders, contrary to the original belief of them being suicides. Sonakshi Sinha plays the main protagonist - she technically isn't so don't mention this in this thrilling series as she bravely uncovers the truth behind these killings.

Aranyak - Netflix

Through the exploration of social issues and the depiction of supportive female networks, ‘Aranyak’ not only contributes to breaking stereotypes but also serves as a platform for inspiring role models, reinforcing the message of women's strength and independence in the face of challenges. How is it doing that? Needs to be explainedRaveena Tandon shines as Kasturi Dogra in this crime thriller, aptly portraying qualities like leadership and mental fortitude. 

Delhi Crime - Netflix

Delhi Crime’ is led by the talented Shefali Shah, who plays the pivotal role of Vartika Chaturvedi, a senior police officer heading the investigation into the heinous gang rape that occurred in Delhi in 2012. Shefali Shah's portrayal of Vartika is both powerful and nuanced, capturing the character's resilience, determination, and leadership qualities as she navigates the complex challenges of bringing the perpetrators to justice. Through Shefali Shah's compelling performance, the series not only sheds light on the harrowing realities of the crime but also amplifies the strength and commitment of women in positions of authority.

Made in Heaven - Prime Video

The lead actress - this series doesn't have a lead actress of ‘Made in Heaven’ is Sobhita Dhulipala, who portrays the character of Tara Khanna, one of the co-owners of the wedding planning agency who is at the centre of the narrative. Tara is a strong, independent woman who grapples with societal pressures, familial expectations, and her own desires. Every episode deals with problems different women from all walks of life face like colourism, dowry, fat-shaming and more.

Masaba Masaba - Netflix 

In ‘Masaba Masaba,’ the main protagonist, Masaba Gupta, portrays a strong, independent woman in the competitive world of fashion. The series provides insight into her journey as a designer, showcasing the creative process, business dynamics, and the resilience required to thrive in the industry. By blending real-life experiences with fictional storytelling, this one highlights Masaba's authenticity and determination, contributing to a narrative that celebrates women pursuing their passion and overcoming obstacles.

While ‘Masaba Masaba’ is primarily centred around Masaba Gupta, it also features her real-life mother, Neena Gupta, portraying a fictionalised version of herself. The dynamic between the two women adds depth to the narrative, exploring themes of family, relationships, and the intersections of personal and professional life.


Taj Mahal 1989 - Netflix

Although the main focus of the show revolves around love, it features several complex characters like Mamta, the ambitious and driven college student who leads a communist party and aims to break norms and stereotypes around women. Another such character is Sarita who represents a woman making strides in the academic and professional realm. Her character reflects intellect, independence, and a commitment to education.

Which one are you most inclined towards watching first? Tell us in the comments below! 

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