The landscape of Indian cinema has been witnessing a remarkable transformation in recent years, with a renewed focus on women-centric narratives that celebrate the strength, resilience, and diversity of women. Bollywood, the world’s largest film industry, is at the forefront of this paradigm shift, embracing stories that break stereotypes and amplify the voices of women.
And, 2023 promises to be a year of compelling women-centric stories that empower and inspire. The new breed of upcoming women-centric Bollywood movies represents a significant departure from the conventional narratives, ushering in a refreshing era where women take center stage. These films not only challenge societal norms but also present a multitude of complex, layered characters like never seen before.
From Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, and Alia Bhatt starrer Jee Le Zaara to Kangana Ranaut’s Emergency to Kareena Kapoor Khan’s The Crew, this year has many promising women-centric movies that we are excited about.
9 Upcoming Bollywood Women-Centric Movies 
Jee Le Zaara
Starring the dynamic trio of Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, and Alia Bhatt, “Jee Le Zaara” is one of the most highly anticipated movies of recent times. Directed by the talented Farhan Akhtar, this movie promises stunning performances and a celebration of female friendships like never before.
Anushka Sharma is set to make a comeback in Prosit Ray’s Chakda ‘Xpress, a sports drama inspired by the life of veteran Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami, which will arrive on Netflix in 2023. Inspired by the journey of Jhulan Goswami, the movie captures how she moved up the ladder despite the problems created by misogynistic politics to fulfill her dream of playing cricket for India.
Ae Watan Mere Watan
Touted to be an ode to the unsung freedom fighters, Ae Watan Mere Watan is inspired by true events. Starring Sara Ali Khan in the lead role, the movie revolves around a college girl, who becomes a part of the independence movement.
Neeyat marks Vidya Balan’s return to theatres post-pandemic, after her successful stint on OTT with three acclaimed films– Shakuntala Devi, Sherni, and Jalsa. The murder mystery will see the reunion of the Shakuntala Devi team, with director Anu Menon helming the film, which has been produced by Prime Video and Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Entertainment. ‘Neeyat’ is a suspense-thriller, which revolves around the story of an unlikely detective (Vidya Balan) investigating inexplicable killings at a billionaire’s party where nothing is as it seems and all suspects have a secret or two.
Being a rebel, Kangana is well-known for playing characters that fight social norms on the big screen. And once again, she is set to do just that with her upcoming movie, Tejas. In this highly anticipated film, Kangana will portray an Indian Air Force pilot, drawing inspiration from a real-life landmark event in 2016 when the Indian Air Force became the first of the country’s defense forces to induct women into combat roles. We are extremely excited about this hard-hitting movie!
Huma Qureshi’s Tarla, a film based on the life of famous Indian chef Tarla Dalad is going to have its official release on Zee5 soon. Commenting on her character, Huma said: “Tarla Dalal reminds me of my childhood. My mom had a copy of her book in the kitchen and would often try many of her recipes for my school tiffin.” Piyush Gupta is the film’s director, and Ronnie Screwvala, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and Nitesh Tiwari are the producers.
Dhak Dhak is a heart-warming story of four women undertaking a trip breaking out of their cocoons & discovering themselves through this journey of introspection & adventure. Featuring, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Ratna Pathak Shah, Dia Mirza and Sanjana Sanghi as protagonists, Dhak Dhak is co-produced by Taapsee Pannu, Pranjal Khandhdiya and Ayush Maheshwari. The film is co-written by Parijat Joshi and Tarun Dudeja & directed by Tarun Dudeja.
Another highly anticipated women-centric Bollywood movie of the year is Kangana Ranaut’s Emergency. The movie is based on the life of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Not only Ranaut is playing the lead role of Indira Gandhi, but she is also producing the movie, which is based on the emergency period in India between 1975-1977. Along with Kangana Ranaut, the movie also features Anupam Kher, Mahima Chaudhry, Milind Soman, and Shreyas Talpade in significant roles.
Directed by Rajesh Krishnan, the movie stars Kriti Sanon, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Tabu. The movie revolves around three hard-working women as their destinies lead to some unwarranted situations and end up caught in a web of lies. With such a talented star cast, we are sure this movie won’t disappoint us.
With a stellar lineup of actresses and visionary filmmakers, the upcoming releases are set to captivate audiences with their powerful storytelling and thought-provoking themes. Which movie are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below.