Women Centric Films In Hindi Cinema

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by Anita Thomas on Monday, February 2, 2015

Interactive Media & Cinema

Session type
Lightning Talk

Technical level


Hunterwali (1935) was the first film to be entirely lead by a female character and Queen (2014) is the most recent one. In over six decades that lie in between these two films, many others have come and gone. Women centric films is not a new concept in Hindi cinema, the characters that they represented over the years is of greater significance. What role did they play, what characteristics they represent and why, are questions we will try to address in this session.


The first Indian sound film, Alam Ara, had three women playing central roles - Alam Ara herself, and the warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. From 1931 when cinema started talking numerous films have been made with women in the centre of the plot. The session will include snippets from select films, sharing of observations, the background that these films were made in, etc.



Speaker bio

I majored in Journalism, Bachelor’s in Mass Media, from Sophia College For Women (Mumbai). Thereafter, I joined Font And Pixel Media Pvt.Ltd. as a Correspondent for the monthly magazine Animation Reporter. I also worked with DearCinema.com, writing about independent Indian cinema, international cinema and film festivals across the globe.