5 Movies That Every Struggling Woman Should Watch

Going through a ‘rough patch’, are we now?

Why watch a chick flick to invite a cathartic release when you can watch an empowering film to kick life’s ass the next morning? Movies have a subliminal impact on how we perceive things. So if you’re going through that “rough patch”- struggling with work, personal relationships, career choice or are pensive about where life is taking you, don’t stress out. Here are 5 movies you can watch to open conversation with your inner self  on what you are truly capable of.

Mona Lisa Smile

“But not all who wander are aimless, especially those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image. I’ll never forget you.” -Betty Warren

A deep and penetrative film that preaches the importance of rooting for oneself and rediscovering one’s self worth.  There could have been no better pick for the role of Katherine Ann Watson than Julia Roberts, who starts teaching art history at a reputable college. Katherine, a modern and passionate woman, particularly for the 1950’s, is rattled at the state of her students. Nearly all the girls seem to be bidding their time till the ‘right man’ comes and proposes them. The teacher forms a strong rapport with her students and encourages them to think beyond what a textbook and the society teaches them.

Any woman who is struggling to rediscover her individuality and who feels has lost her voice, can gain strength from this movie. The movie centers around one main key idea: there is more to the woman gender than we are told.



“So gaye hain, kho gaye hain dil kay afsanay. Koi tau aata phir seh kabhi unko jaganay.”

(Slumbering and lost are the tales of my heart. I wish somebody had come to awaken them.)

A magical yet melancholic story of the ill-fated Zubeidaa whose life undergoes some startling turns that leaves the woman wrestling with her destiny. The film opens with Riyaz, finding clues and traces previously hidden from him, which will lead him to know something about his late mother Zubeidaa. Zubeidaa is the heart of the film. She is the young, fiery, fearless and rebellious girl who wants to become an actress but her dreams are trampled upon by her status-conscious father. Whatever short-lived happiness that entered Zubeidaa’s life was snatched away by the ill fate. She goes on from becoming a rebellious young actress, wife, then divorcee, to a single mother, a trophy wife and then finally to a woman an entire kingdom scorns upon even in her tragic death. The plot is moving and has a beautiful, nostalgic playlist which makes the viewers swoon. The film is based on the true story of the ill-fated Zubeida Begum.

In the film, Zubeidaa is shown as a champion of hardship. Fate threw misery her way, and only a few dashes of happiness. She chooses to wrung lose of the misery and embrace whatever happiness was sent her way, never letting go of her inborn spirit and individuality.


Million Dollar Baby

“Maggie: I’ve got nobody but you, Frankie.

Frankie Dunn: Well, you’ve got me.”

A captivating film that portrays the hardcore reality and severity of life. The movie centers around Maggie who wants to train as a kick boxer. She is initially rejected by her gym trainer, who thinks Maggie is too old for a kickboxing career. But he later agrees to train her and Maggie’s career takes off. Sadly, whenever a woman is seen achieving her desired goals and aims, the cruel world leaves no stoned turned to bring her down. And this what we get to see in Million Dollar Baby.


The movie is a fearless depiction of how determination and a brave heart can steer to your objectives. Its holds a massive underlying message for those who wish to understand; have faith in your capabilities.


Khoon Bhari Maang (Blood on the Head)

“Bhagwan ne mujhe is liye zinda rakha.. ke main tumhare maut ke parwaane par dastakhat kar sakun.”

(God has kept me alive for a reason, so that I can sign on your death certificate.)


Released in 1988, Khoon Bhari Maang is an Indian movie with Rekha as the lead character, delivering perhaps, the best performance of her life. Rekha plays the role of Aarti, a rich unattractive widow whose most dear people remain to be her children and her father. When her father is mysteriously murdered, Aarti is devastated. If such a blow wasn’t enough, another devious being enters her life as Sanjay, who pretends to be in love with her and befriends her children. But in reality he is only after Aarti’s money and also happens to be in love with Aarti’s best friend Nandini.

Sanjay eventually manages to convince Aarti to marry him and plots her new wife’s death so that he can inherit all she has. On the next day of their marriage, he takes her out on a lake trip and in a rather gut-wrenching scene pushes Aarti into the crocodile infested waters, where a screaming Aarti is seen to be mangled by crocodiles.  Aarti by some miracle survives and is rescued by a farmer who nurses a physically and emotionally scarred Aarti. Meanwhile Sanjay is unable to inherit Aarti’s wealth as her body isn’t found from the lake, hence not proving the surety of her death.

The movie shows Aarti’s transformation from a poised and soft person to a strong and revengeful woman as she comes to terms with what happened to her. She fights back the devil in her life who took away her honor, her dignity, her children and her wealth.


The Devil Wears a Prada

“Do you know why I hired you? I always hire the same girl- stylish, slender, of course… worships the magazine. But so often, they turn out to be- I don’t know- disappointing and, um… stupid. So you, with that impressive résumé and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl.”

This one is a light-hearted choice contrary to the violent Bollywood flick. Miranda Priestly, is the intimidating fashion editor at the popular fashion magazine called The Runway. Andy Sachs, is young girl who has good grades but poor taste in dressing up, something that puts her in trouble at The Runway.

Andy endures tough time as the new bait settling among the fashion sharks. She begins to dedicate full hours to the job which begins to impact her personal relationship with her boyfriend and her parents. But most painfully, the Dragon Lady, Miranda Priestly herself inflicts the worst misery on her. Andy, after a rather thorough counseling by her colleague Nigel puts on her fashion armor up and storms into the fashion world,  conquering it all on her own, till she comes to the dilemma: is it worth turning her back on her relationship and her true individuality amidst all the glitz and glory?


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