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5 WOMEN-CENTRIC DRAMAS TO BINGE WATCH

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Aanchal Sachdeva


Jane Austen quoted, “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

‘Be a certain way’ is so obsolete, 'Make your way' is new!

She’s been the creator of the world and the curator too. Being a woman myself, I know a woman can be as fragile as a bomb and as fierce as a lion. A woman can crush on you and crush you to bits when provoked.

Watch these women-centric dramas to have the first flush of rawness and acceptance of imperfection.



1BOMBAY BEGUMS




“The king may rule the kingdom, but it’s the queen who moves the board.”, quotes D.M. Timney.

Pooja Bhatt as Rani grants sheer elegance to the series, being that queen moving the board. Pooja Bhatt makes a come back in a way; she has been ruling the industry ever since and continues to do so.


Five enterprising women (Rani, Fatima, Ayesha, Lily, and Shai) of Bombay with intertwining lives are seen juggling work, infidelity, motherhood, desires, harassment, discrimination, and love. They fight patriarchy and conservatism, getting bruised by the end, only to get back up and move on.

They bind together with a common trait of being driven in an attempt to quench their thirst for liberty in their respective ways.

Will women continue to be vulnerable? Can women cross barriers? Will Men be Men? Can women fight for discrimination? Can women raise their voice against sexual harassment? Can women work and sustain without social disparity? These are some of the questions you’ll find answers to, in the series.


Available on Netflix, Alankrita Shrivastava's Bombay Begums is an eye-opener; it shows how once in a lifetime, a door’s slammed in every girl’s face, be it for career, relationships, society, or family.



2ZINDAGI IN SHORT


Guneet Mongia’s Zindagi In short, as the title suggests, shows Zindagi of seven women in short episodes of around 12-15 minutes each. Like seven colours of a rainbow, every woman lives her sweet and sour life, trying to fight a cause.

It reminds women to live different facets of life on their terms and not forget one’s identity.

Neena Gupta is seen in a heartwarming character of a homemaker who selflessly cares for the family, ignoring her personal needs and desires. We see a transition in her character the moment she’s familiar with the realisation.

Divya Dutt’s bold character brings light to the side of a woman, where she can love unquestionably, but when provoked, can burn you with bitter reality.

My favourite was this cute love story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl that begins on Tinder. Unfortunately, the fate of two different countries decides their fate.

Watch seven fresh and delightful stories throwing light on the ordinary women’s ordinary life on Netflix. 



3GIRLS HOSTEL


Hostel life at it’s best and worst is what you’ll find in Chaitanya Kumbhakonum's Girls Hostel. The first season quite substantially lays the ground for the second season. The first season covers some petty and regular issues girls face during their hostel life. A highlighted battle between inferior Dental and superior Medical students can be observed disrupting friendships. Just like any other college, there’s a bully and “bullees” keeping shut about it. But the second season breaks the chain, bringing a significant change.

Jo, Mili, Richa, Zahira are the protagonists consistently on their toes, laboriously scheming to change society.

The second season exudes a more concrete message regarding women’s safety and liberty. I was appalled by the Dean’s plan of action concerning women’s safety; however, Jo’s response fills one with euphoria and ecstasy. A series of instances pertaining to women’s safety and security will shake the grounds beneath you.

You’d scream and applaud by the end even though nobody sees you.

Find it on Netflix and Sony Liv, the emotional and quirky series is a must-watch for all the girls!



4BHAAG BEANIE BHAAG



“Jab family samose wali ho to salsa ke sapne nahi dekhne chahiye..” Beanie Bhatnagar says. The series opens with Beanie breaking off her rich fat wedding, quitting up her job and running away to become a stand-up comedian with no direction and then blowing her first show.

She says after MBA, comedy took a backseat, but after watching the series, I can assertively say Beanie never took a backseat. Watch Bhaag Beanie Bhaag on Netflix to know more about Bindiya Akankshi Bhatnagar's life and her struggle against gender stereotype and societal conventions!



5FOUR MORE SHOTS PLEASE


Anu Menon’s Four More Shots please unfolds with four women becoming friends at a bar and parting ways in the end. VJ Bani, Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari, and Maanvi Gagroo look splendid, adding glam to the series. They are alive to life, and it’s gleaming possibilities. Through the lives of these women, we’re taken to a stretch of emotions of these warriors in their personal battle against social barriers. They live glamorously chaotic lives, not admirable at all places but brimming with emotions and longing for better.

Find it on Amazon Prime!

Who Run the World? GIRLS!

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