Movies for Thinking about Women in India

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Water (2005)
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A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents... (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
“ Beautiful movie about widows in pre-independence India. ” - RRHowell41
 
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White Rainbow (2004)
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White Rainbow is the story of four remarkable women and their struggle to overcome the stigma and brutal reality of widowhood in modern Indian society... (94 mins.)
“ Documentary about widows in Varanasi ” - RRHowell41
 
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Pinjar (2003)
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In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn. (188 mins.)
“ Powerful movie about the plight of women trapped by the partition and repatriation. ” - RRHowell41
 
4.
Chingaari (2006)
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In the village of Rangpur, District of Badlapur, India, lives Narainda, who has been the Postmaster for the last over 35 years... (155 mins.)
Director: Kalpana Lazmi
“ A movie about a prostitute who is abused by the priest in a village, and the postmaster who loves her. ” - RRHowell41
 
5.
Baabul (2006)
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Babul tells the tale of a man (Bachchan) who tries to bring happiness back into his daughter-in-law (Mukherjee)'s life after his son (Salman)'s death. (169 mins.)
Director: Ravi Chopra
“ Movie in which a father-in-law moves to get his widowed daughter-in-law remarried. Strong speech by Amitabh Bachchan. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Dor (2006)
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Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands. (147 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
“ A movie about two widows. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Thodisi Bewafaii (1980)
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Arvind Kumar Choudhary is widowed, respectable and wealthy businessman, who lives with his only son... (150 mins.)
Director: Esmayeel Shroff
“ A movie about a couple who have a misunderstanding and are separated for years, much against the will of the man. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Fashion (2008)
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A small-town girl finally realizes her dream of becoming a famous supermodel but soon finds out that there's a price for her glamorous new life. (167 mins.)
“ I did not much care for this movie, but it probably does show the gritty reality of the fashion business in Mumbai, and the traps that women in that business get into. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Chandni Bar (2001)
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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster. (150 mins.)
“ Tabu is magnificent. This is a movie which shows the life of a young Muslim woman who comes to Mumbai with her uncle after her parents are killed in rioting. She becomes a bar dancer, much to her dismay. While this is not an easy movie to watch, and it is depressing, it is not grim. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman (2007)
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A small town girl lands in big bad Mumbai to earn an honest living but faces a confrontation she would've never dreamt of in her wildest dreams. (122 mins.)
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
“ Star studded cast (all superb performances to tell the story of woman who ends up as a call girl to help her family. Not as realistic as it might be, but probably a helpful movie in many ways. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Chameli (2003)
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On a rainy night, when an investment banker's car breaks down in the red light district, he takes shelter where he meets and later befriends a prostitute. (108 mins.)
Director: Sudhir Mishra
“ A prostitute meets a man (who is not interested in a prostitute) in a place that's out of the rains during the monsoon. ” - RRHowell41
 
12.
Not Only Mrs. Raut (2003)
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Aditya Dandavate is not the public prosecutor in this case, instead he was Raghuvir Karkhanis's lawyer in a previous rape case.
Director: Gajendra Ahire
“ A crazed homeless woman murders a man on a beach and then turns herself in at the police station. The woman who agrees to be her lawyer finds that the case turns her own world upside down. ” - RRHowell41
 
13.
Umrao Jaan (2006)
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J.P. Dutta's adaption of the Urdu novel "Umrao Jan Ada" by Mirza Haadi Ruswa (1905). (188 mins.)
Director: J.P. Dutta
“ The life of a courtesan in India. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Umrao Jaan (1981)
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In Faizabad, British India, Daroga Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's dad testifies against him... (145 mins.)
Director: Muzaffar Ali
“ I haven't actually seen this one, but the people who have tend to feel it overshadows the later version. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Shevri (2006)
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A single woman adrift on the streets feels her own vulnerability as she reflects on past relationships; but as night turns into day, her confidence grows. (106 mins.)
Director: Gajendra Ahire
“ A divorced woman faces the realities of life. ” - RRHowell41