Women’s Day 2020: Bollywood has been witnessing a noticeable change – male domination is slowly being edged out -from movies and scripts to women getting into direction and production. Recent years have seen a host of women getting into production to create meaningful films with nimble, well-plotted scripts – there is indeed a new wave of content in Indian cinema.
Women are changing the narrative and showcasing stories from a neutral perspective. From commercial cinema to parallel cinema, women are producing films in all genres. Here are some women who promise to be pave-changers as producers.
1. Deepika Padukone
Deepika debuted as a producer in 2020 as she released the first film under her banner KA ENTERTAINMENT titled Chhapaak. A real-life story about an acid-attack survivor, the film created quite a stir amongst industry-folk, audiences and critics alike. Deepika’s vision as a producer is to back films that need a platform and have an important story to tell. She portrayed the lead character of Malti in Chhapaak, possibly one of the most difficult roles of her career in Bollywood.
2. Deepshikha Deshmukh
Deepshikha has been a true inspiration for many women out there. From donning the hat of a mother and an entrepreneur, she has now taken up the role of a producer taking forward her father’s production house POOJA ENTERTAINMENT. Being Vashu Bhagnani’s daughter and Jackky Bhagnani’s sister, production is in Deepshikha’s genes and she had to turn to it sooner or later. Having recently helmed the successful Saif Ali Khan starrer Jawaani Jaaneman, she has a great line-up of upcoming films including Coolie No. 1 (Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan) and Bell Bottom (Akshay Kumar) in the near future.
3. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma co-founded her production house Clean Slate Films with her brother in 2014 and there has been no stopping her since then. With three wonderful films (NH10, Phillauri and Pari) released under the banner already, Sharma has shown the industry how to create strong stories headlined by women. Clean Slate Films, as the name suggests, works towards collaborating with new storytellers to tell new stories with every film.
4. Dia Mirza
Dia has shown her talent and versatility across the different roles she has played in her life, be it as an actor, a producer or a philanthropist. As the founder of her new production house ONE INDIA STORIES LLP, Dia aims to share meaningful narratives across different platforms and mediums. She is known to be experimental and is currently in conversation with many scriptwriters and filmmakers for compelling stories.
5. Reema Kagti
Reema Kagti’s directorial career has been inspiring for everyone and when she partnered with Zoya Akhtar to start their production house TIGER BABY FILMS, one could expect nothing but the best, and that’s what they have delivered! Be it the path-breaking series Made in Heaven, which revealed uncovered truths about the wedding business or Gully Boy, India’s entry to the Oscars, Reema has been the mind behind some of the most iconic characters in Bollywood.