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The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The premise of the day is to raise awareness that women around the world are victims of rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the goals of the day is to emphasize that the extent and true nature of the problem is often hidden.

For decades, Hindi cinema has been a mirror reflecting the times and scenarios the nation has gone through. A bewildering number of mainstream Bollywood films from the 60s to the 90s featured graphic depictions of rape with lustful villains and powerless heroines. Now, from playing decorative objects in movies, if not victims or martyrs, to becoming a powerful force, women have come a long way in our films.

Things have changed with films such as ‘Pink’, ‘Thappad’ and the # MeToo-set post ‘Guilty’ which deal with consent, domestic violence and societal treatment of victims of rape, sexual violence against women

The Hindi film actress has gone from being “abala naari” to being a woman of substance and strength who defends her rights, raises her voice against injustice, fights for her dignity and self-respect and rebels also when it has to.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we present 7 films that show women rising from their ashes like a phoenix.

Mardaani

‘Mardaani’ released in 2014 stars Rani Mukerji, with Jisshu Sengupta, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Saanand Verma in supporting roles. The story revolves around Shivani Shivaji Roy, a policewoman whose interest in the case of a kidnapped teenager leads her to discover the secrets of human trafficking by the Indian mafia.

Manikarnika: the queen of Jhansi

“Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” is a 2019 film based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai from Jhansi. It features Kangana Ranaut as the protagonist. The film performed well and was the first highest collection weekend for a female film in India.

Chhapaak

‘Chhapaak’ is a 2020 film based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. It features Deepika Padukone as the lead role of an Agarwal inspired character alongside Vikrant Massey and Madhurjeet Sarghi

Pink

‘Pink’, a legal thriller movie directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury stars Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Amitabh Bachchan, Angad Bedi, Tushar Pandey, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee. The story revolves around a victim of sexual assault, unfairly tried for the attempted murder of her attacker, is defended by an old retired lawyer.

Thappad

“Thappad” is not just a film that aimlessly denounces borderline domestic violence; it highlights the years of conditioning a woman is subjected to by her own family and the society in which she lives. The film, with Taapsee Pannu

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