“I can’t learn something new at this age. You’re not gay, it’s just a phase.” – Movies today are challenging these stereotypes and age-old beliefs and giving us a new narrative.

Growing up in a country like ours, I’m sure you’ve been listening to statements like these from an early age – “It sucks to fail, if you work hard, you will definitely succeed. Boys provide for the family. Nobody will marry you if you’re fat. Therapy is for crazy people! You don’t need it, talk to your family!” “How can unmarried women get pregnant? We can’t learn at this age! You’re not gay! It’s just a phase, snap out of it! You’re supposed to get married, everyone does! Sex before marriage? Do you have no self-control? Save yourself for your husband!”

While listening to this narrative like a broken cassette, I don’t think a lot of us really questioned these statements at an age when we didn’t quite have a mind of our own. And movies and TV serials reflected this reality as they still do to this day. Even though a majority of India is still stuck with this narrative, our movies have moved away from these stereotypes and age-old beliefs, even if they’re only a handful. Questioning this narrative is needed so each of us can break free from societal norms that make no sense. As much time as this process might take, it’s so refreshing to see movies that challenge stereotypes we grew up believing, instead of giving in to them!

Check them out!

You might fail even you try hard – Chhichhore on Hotstar

There are no gender roles in relationships – Ki and Ka on Eros Now and Jio Cinema

It’s okay to have children at any age – Badhai Ho on Hotstar

Going for therapy is as basic as going to the doctor for a fever – Dear Zindagi on Netflix

Living in together, having a child before marriage is your choice – Salam Namaste on Amazon Prime

You can learn something new at any age – English Vinglish on Amazon Prime

You own your story – Queen on Netflix

Question everything including religious beliefs – Oh My God! on Netflix

There isn’t an age cap on love – Cheeni Kum on Zee5

Women explore their own sexuality – Lust Stories on Netflix

Mom is an individual besides being a mom – Kapoor and Sons on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Domestic violence is a big deal – Thappad on Amazon Prime

She too can share the load – Piku on Sony Liv

Only you decide who you want to be with regardless of gender – Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga on Netflix

There’s more to you than the fat on your body – Dum Laga Ke Haisha on Amazon Prime

If you like watching movies that make you think, you’re going to love these movies.

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