Bollywood can surprise you sometimes when it does not follow its usual route of sexualizing women. We have gathered up thirty-six women-centric movies that will leave you with applause and smile on your face.

If you like movies where women are playing anything else but the stereotypical women then you should watch these movies. Neither are they playing the “Abla Naari” or the “Hot chick”, in these movies their roles are filled with substance and are nothing close to the mainstream Bollywood heroine

With the success of movies like Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho, we can safely say Indian audience no more judges the movie on the face value of its star but they prefer a script that gives them more than a goody two shoes love story. And to be honest we are all for it!

Nil Battey Sannata

Margarita with a straw

Pink

Mom

Damini

Chandni Bar

Manikarnika

Neerja

Gulaab Gang

Angry Indian Goddesses

Jai Gangajal

Parched

NH 10

Chameli

Fire

Lajja

The Girl with Yellow Boots

Dor

7 Khoon Maaf

Black

Secret Superstar

Naam Shabana

Kahaani

Also read: Indian women comedians you should watch ASAP for a good laugh!

No One Killed Jessica

Raazi

Veere di Wedding

Bandit Queen

Hichki

Mother India

Chak De

Begum Jaan

Mary Kom

Mardaani

Queen

Lipstick Under My Burkha

English Vinglish

Hats off to these filmmakers, actresses, story writers and everyone who went one step ahead and created something so brilliant that we can enjoy it for years to come!