The entire word is gung ho about women empowerment, women’s right, how great women are and how we should love and respect them – which is all a precursor to the international Women’s day celebrated on March 8. Not everyone knows that the earliest celebration of women’s day was held in 1909 in New York City and it was called as International Working Women’s Day. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor and became an occasion for people to express their love for women. In other places however, political and human rights theme designated by the United Nation runs strong political and social awareness about the struggles of women worldwide.

Bollywood has been creative and has portrayed women in a variety of roles with their varied lives, professions, emotions and surroundings. Cinema is a reflection of society and Bollywood has successfully depicted the various careers and jobs women take up with aplomb. Here are 10 of the most unique and exceptional working women created by Bollywood.

Mother India:

The quintessential Indian “Maa” – a farmer connected to the soil of this country and also to her morals and values. Mother India gave a legendary heads on to all the future movies on working women. 


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Aandhi:

The first ever politician on the Indian celluloid, the portrayal of Indira Gandhi was epic.


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Mirch masala:

The protagonist was working in a chilly factory. Incredible. Director needs an applause for even visualising this.


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Lajja:

Vaidehi, Jaanki, Maithili, Ramdulaari – all were depictions of goddess Sita from the different strata of the society. 


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Corporate:

The typical corporate woman with tied hair and a white blazer. She was ambitious and clever, yet emotional and feminine.


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Chandani Bar:

The first bar dancer on a Bollywood screen, Tabu stole our hearts and made us cry.


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Page 3:

This one was the confident, intelligent, sensitive and fearless journalist. No one has matched her mettle yet.


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Fashion:

The extremely beautiful, fashionista yet vulnerable Priyanka Chopra was someone you can still look at for hours.


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Dirty Picture:

A south Indian sensual movie star – this role by Vidya Balan is more legendary than the actual inspiration Silk Smitha.


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Mardaani:

Daring, dashing, bindaas and macho. This Rani was one hell of a police officer.


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Ki and Kaa:

This one is special because Kia had a house husband at home and she made it look “Oh so cool”.


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