6 Female Directors Who Redefined Indian Cinema With Powerful & Unique Characters

Women have been spreading their wings in all the directions , whether it be land, air or water literally everywhere. Well, it’s really a matter of extreme pride that our country is prevailing in women empowerment and that is evident in all the fields. Today we look into some of the finest female directors who redefined Indian cinema with unique creations and  amazing plot lines adding that flavour to the crisp of Bollywood industry.

When it comes to silver screen content, women filmmakers have always stood out with their tight scripts and perfect twists on the screen, here are the six exceptional female directors from Bollywood.


1)Gauri Shinde

One of the best films so far. English Vinglish revolves around a woman named Shashi who enjoys making Indian sweets. Her family constantly mocks over her broken English and that’s when she enrolls into English classes. The lesson towards the end proves that no language should determine someone’s intelligence or skill.

2) Zoya Akhtar

The multi-starrer Dil Dhadakne Do has every character sketched beautifully but Shefali Shah’s role is the most moving one. The way she has to deal with her children judging her and her husband’s extra marital affair and yet sticking by the family portrays most Indian women.

3) Shonali Bose

Margarita With A Straw is a heartwarming film about a lesbian couple. It is extra special because Kalki Kochlin has a love of life – and cerebral palsy. How two women slide from friendship to lovers and explore sexual fantasies makes this an adorable watch.


4) Deep Mehta

Fire was one of the first Indian mainstream film to show homosexual relations openly. Starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das as Radha and Sita, the characters are strong, optimistic and proving solace. Indeed one of the out of the box ideas by a creative woman like her.

5) Mira Nair

The popular Monsoon wedding is directed by this wonderful filmmaker. The movie shows romantic entanglements in the middle of a traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding in Delhi. The comic timings, the quirky characters, layered love stories makes every character a potent one.

6) Meghna Gulzar

She created one of the best modern day spy movies in Bollywood. She has directed films like Filhaal, Chapaak, Talvar and has established herself as a complete director, but Raazi specifically was her finest work. The movie was the highest grossing film of the year. Alia Bhatt’s powerful performance as Sehmat Khan despite keeping that innocent face keeps you invested in the film. Alia’s journey from a gullible girl to a determined undercover RAW spy woman makes it worth a watch.