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From Aanum Pennum to Ajeeb Daastaans: 6 anthology movies with strong woman protagonists

Megha Mukundan

Megha Mukundan
Jul 13, 2021

In a society which is male-centered by default, there is a need for a constant reminder for women’s space. Since cinema has always served as a strong medium for addressal of social issues, movies with feminist narratives have always been discussed among the critics and audience. This decade has witnessed the birth of several such creations that broke the stereotypes and portrayed different dimensions of female leads. Take a look at some of the anthology movies with a strong female narrative, that you can watch on OTTs:

Aanum Pennum
5.4OTTplay Rating
The anthology revolves around the changes in relationship between man and woman set on different timeline. Three strong women, Savithri, Rachiyamma and Rani deal with the binary narrative in ways which are new to Kerala audiences. The cast includes Samyukhtha Menon, Parvathy Thiruvoth, Dharshana Rajendran, Asif Ali, Roshan Mathew and Joju George. Language: Malayalam
Ajeeb Daastaans
7.2OTTplay Rating
This anthology consists of four stories portraying the emotions and dilemmas hanging on fractured relationships. The inclusion of queer relationships makes this anthology stand out from the usual couple narratives. The cast includes Fathima Sana Shaikh, Manav Kaul, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shefali Shah, Konkona Sensharma among others. Language: Hindi
Pitta kathalu
5.1OTTplay Rating
The 2020 anthology portrays the darker sides of love by experimenting with themes like jealousy, lies, control and secrets. It includes four stories where artists like Amala Paul, Ashima Narwal, Shruthi Hassan etc. play lead roles. Language: Telugu
Zindagi in Short
7.4OTTplay Rating
The bittersweet tales of ordinary life are revealed as seven beautiful stories, each led by female characters. The themes range from marital rape to online romance. The cast includes Divya Dutta, Sanjay Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Rima Kallingal among others. Language: Hindi
Lust Stories
6.8OTTplay Rating
Four short stories by four biggest directors of India explore the themes of love, relationships and sex from a woman’s perspective. The stories question the so-called morality in our society that has put guidelines for women alone regarding sexual feelings and relationships. The movie has several renowned actors such as Radhika Apte, Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala and Bhumi Pednekar among others, playing the titular characters. Language: Hindi
5 Sundarikal
7.2OTTplay Rating
Five female protagonists are focused in this five-story anthology, where each one deals with different themes. Five renowned directors of Malayalam industry worked together in this anthology which includes the likes of Anwar Rasheed, Aashiq Abu, and Amal Neerad. Stars like Kavya Madhavan, Honey Rose, Dulquer Salman, Fahad Faasil etc. are part of the movie. Language: Malayalam
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