International Women's Day 2017: Dangal, Neerja, Dear Zindagi to be screened exclusively for women
On the occasion of International Women's Day, four women-oriented films from last year are being screened in Mumbai exclusively for — yes, women — to celebrate (you guessed it) womanhood and its changing perception in society.
Among the four films, the most notable is Nitesh Tiwari's sports drama Dangal, which became the highest ever grosser in the history of Indian cinema. Though it is the biopic of retired Haryanavi wrestler Mahavir Phogat, a large chunk of the film revolves around his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat who defied the stereotypes that Haryanavi rural women are subjected to and went on to become professional wrestlers. Geeta even won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and also represented India in the Olympics.
Dangal stars Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Sakshi Tanwar and Aparshakti Khurana.
Also, Guari Shinde's slice-of-life drama Dear Zindagi will be screened exclusively for women on 8 March. It revolves around a young cinematographer who takes therapy to deal with commitment phobia and other related mental health issues. Dear Zindagi stars Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Ali Zafar.
Another critically acclaimed film from last year, Ram Madhvani's period film Neerja, will also be screened on the occasion. It is the biopic of air hostess Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed her life while shielding the passengers in a hijacked airplane. It stars Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravijani and Jim Sarbh.
Along with these three Hindi films, Theodore Melfi's Hollywood film Hidden Figures will also be screened exclusively for women. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film, this period film chronicles the life of three coloured women who refuse to confine themselves to inferior citizens and go on to make the USA proud through their contribution towards the path-breaking space programs of NASA. The film stars Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.