Women’s Day Special: Celebrating women’s voices around the world on International Women’s DayI

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Circle of Bollywood is wishing, Happy Women’s Day to all the women out there!! Women are the guiding force of our society and they lead the way to our nation’s development. Remembering the unparalleled contributions of women, we express our greetings on International Women’s Day.

If we talk about the history of International Women’s Day, it is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America, across Europe and now all over the world.

The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. And here we celebrate women’s Day every year on 8th March.

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Talking about the Indian cinema, movies are highly influenced. People connect with actors like God through movies. There are many movies in Indian industry that are women oriented and successful at box office like Queen, English Vinglish, Chak De, Mardaani, Mary Kom, Piku, Neerja, Begum Jaan, Mother India, Dor,  Lipstick Under My Burkha etc.

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We all remember the recent controversy on movie Lipstick Under My Burkha. When Pahlaj Nihalani called Lipstick Under My Burkha too ‘lady oriented’ at the time of its release, he was probably right. Because this Alankrita Shrivastava film could actually be the most woman-oriented film Bollywood has ever seen. But why that irked the then CBFC chief even in the slightest completely evades logic.

There is no doubting the fact that Shrivastava does something utterly unusual with Lipstick Under My Burkha — she finds some massively compelling stories in the most mundane lives of four women in Bhopal. More so, in the secret double lives that these women lead retaliating against the regressive patriarchy of the society. It is in this rebellious world that they can be their real selves, that they can be Rosies. While it means earning a living for one, it means acknowledging one’s sexual desires or not wearing a burkha for another. It means living life with their own terms.