As we observe International Women's Day, it's important to acknowledge the significance of sensitively portraying women's stories on screen. These 5 male directors have successfully navigated female-centric narratives with grace, nuance, and sensitivity. Let's celebrate their contribution to bringing authentic, complex, and nuanced female characters to the forefront.
Here are 5 men who have successfully given us shows and films about women that have been appreciated by audiences and critics alike.
Ram Madhvani (‘Aarya’)
Aarya, a crime thriller series, stars Sushmita Sen in the titular role and is directed by Ram Madhvani. The show explores the world of organized crime and its impact on the protagonist's life. Ram's direction and Sushmita's performance make Aarya a must-watch show that explores the themes of love, loss, and redemption. Additionally, Ram Madhvani is also known for his acclaimed film Neerja, which is based on the true story of a young flight attendant, Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting passengers during a terrorist hijacking. The film stars Sonam Kapoor in the lead role, Neerja garnered several awards, including a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
Vinay Waikul (‘Aranyak’)
Aranyak is an upcoming web series that is directed by Vinay Waikul. The show stars Raveena Tandon in the lead role and is set in a small town that is dealing with a series of mysterious deaths. Vinay's direction and Raveena's performance promise to make Aranyak a compelling watch.
Richie Mehta (‘Delhi Crime’)
Delhi Crime, a crime drama series, is directed by Richie Mehta and is based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. The show explores the aftermath of the crime and the efforts of the Delhi police to bring the perpetrators to justice. Richie's direction and the performances of the cast make Delhi Crime a gripping and hard-hitting show that shines a light on the issue of violence against women.
Suresh Triveni (‘Tumhari Sulu’)
Tumhari Sulu is a comedy-drama film that is directed by Suresh Triveni and stars Vidya Balan in the lead role. The film explores the life of a middle-class housewife who becomes a radio jockey. Suresh's direction and Vidya's performance make Tumhari Sulu a delightful and heartwarming film that celebrates the dreams and aspirations of women.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’)
Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime film that is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Alia Bhatt in the lead role and is based on the life of a brothel owner in Mumbai's red-light district. Sanjay's direction and Alia's performance promise made Gangubai Kathiawadi a powerful and unforgettable film that showcases the resilience and strength of women.
In conclusion, while it's important to have women telling their own stories, it's equally essential to acknowledge the role that men can play in amplifying these voices. These 5 men have successfully given us shows and films about women that have been appreciated and celebrated by audiences and critics alike, paving the way for more nuanced and complex portrayals of women on screen.