Films That Challenge Gender Norms

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Naam Shabana (2017) - Netflix

This film challenges gender norms by featuring a female protagonist in a traditionally male-dominated genre. Shabana's character defies stereotypes of women as helpless victims, instead portraying her as a skilled agent who takes on dangerous missions with courage.

Mulan (1998) - Disney+ Hotstar

This Disney animated film challenges gender norms by depicting a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the military. Mulan defies gender expectations by proving her bravery, intelligence, and strength in battle.

Dangal (2016) - Prime Video Rent

Through the true story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, Dangal challenges the stereotype that women are inherently weaker or less capable than men in sports. The film celebrates the resilience, strength, and achievements of female athletes.

The Farewell (2019) - Prime Video

The film explores the protagonist's struggle to navigate between her individual desires and her family's traditional values, questioning the traditional notions of duty and sacrifice imposed on women.

Tarla (2023) - ZEE5

The film highlights how Dalal defied traditional gender roles by becoming a successful entrepreneur in the male-dominated culinary industry, breaking stereotypes about women's roles in the kitchen and empowering them to pursue careers in cooking and food entrepreneurship.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Through the story of a young British-Indian girl who defies her family's expectations to pursue her passion for soccer, Bend It Like Beckham challenges gender norms regarding women's participation in sports and their aspirations beyond traditional domestic roles.

Secret Superstar (2017) - N/A

By focusing on the story of a young girl aspiring to become a singer despite facing resistance from her conservative father, Secret Superstar challenges gender norms regarding women's freedom of expression and pursuit of their passions.

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