On National Girls’ Day 2022, take a look at some films featuring strong young female characters and how they fought back against society.
1. The sky is pink
The Sky Is Pink is the story of a young girl Aisha Chaudhary, who suffered from severe combined immunodeficiency and pulmonary fibrosis, and tells the story of her parents Aditi and Niren from the afterlife as they sailed in their marriage while coping with their daughter’s illness. Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Suresh Saraf, and is based on the true story.
The film is based on the life of Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, India’s first world class female wrestlers. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra portray the adult versions of the two Phogat sisters, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, their younger versions. Amir Khan played the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against all odds to train his daughters.
3. Secret Superstar
Secret Superstar tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who aspires to be a singer, uploading videos to YouTube while disguising her identity with a niqab, and her relationships with her mother, father, and mentor. The film deals with social issues such as feminism, gender equality and domestic violence.
This 1990 Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam depicts the harsh reality of a mentally handicapped little girl. The film deals with the story of a dying mentally handicapped child, Anjali and the emotional trauma experienced by her family. The film won three National Film Awards. It was chosen as India‘s official entry to the Oscars in 1991 but was not nominated.
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