Every weekend we go to theatres to catch a little extra dose of fun, entertainment, and masala. While Bollywood ensures entertainment with mindless commercial movies, seldom it comes out with an offering that touches significant social issues, like struggles and aspects of being a girl in India. Such movies leave us with a baggage of mixed emotion, and a pleasing sensation that lingers for long, really long!

Here are some movies that you need to watch on this International Day of Girls.

Blue Umbrella
Blue Umbrella

Haven’t we all dreamt to be famous? What if, a blue umbrella brings you that stardom? Based on Ruskin Bond’s novel of the same name, the movie follows the life of a poor girl in a village of Himachal Pradesh. She acquires a celebrity status on finding an attractive blue umbrella and gets heartbroken when it’s stolen. The rest of the movie focuses on her journey to find her umbrella and her rivalry with a shopkeeper thief. The movie ends on a beautiful climax.


Halo

Halo

The movie is about the beautiful bonding between a girl and her pet dog. One day it gets lost and she takes onto the streets to find him. The movie deals with the subject of human-animal bonding and about the struggles of a little girl in judging the fellow strangers.

Makdee

Makdee

The Shweta Prasad and Shabana Azmi horror flick deal with the subject of a young girl and witch in the mansion. It explores the theme of how people get fooled by the name of witchcraft and age-old belief and also highlights sibling love.

Dhanak

dhanak

The Nagesh Kuknoor movie is about orphaned siblings and the extent to which the girl goes to get her brother’s eyesight back. It is one of the most underrated films of recent times.

Bumm Bumm Bole

Bham Bham Bhole

The Priyadarshan direct film is a story about two siblings (girl and a guy) and how they share the only pair of shoes their family could afford.

Jalpari

Jalpari

The film was released in Cannes festival 2012 and follows the story of a rural girl child who finds the truth about the girls being killed at the time of birth on the pretext of witch harbor. The film raises the issue of female feticide and its extent in rural India.

Anjali

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The 90’s flick that originally came out and Tamil and was later dubbed in other languages left everyone rolling over tissues. It’s about a mentally retarded kid, her compassion, and how even after being ill-treated by family and society, she teaches them acceptance and forgiveness.

Kya Kehna

Kya Kehna

Bollywood refrained from topics like teenage pregnancy and this was the first movie which dealt with premarital pregnancy and its outlook in society.

Chak De India

chak-de-india

Is there anyone who doesn’t love this movie? It follows the story of young girls in Indian Women’s Hockey team who go on to winning the world cup even after getting gender discriminated by the people of their own country.

Secret Superstar

Secret Superstar

The upcoming Amir Khan movie is about struggles of a young girl whose dreams of becoming a singer is opposed by her own family.

How many have you watched?

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