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Web series of 2021 with powerful scenes depicting women empowerment

From Mumbai Diaries 26/11 to Bombay Begums, many series on OTT platforms have brought forth women issues, creating awareness, breaking stereotypes and discussing taboo subjects.

Akhila Damodaran
Nov 10, 2021
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Web series that depict women empowerment in its scenes

The year 2021 produced many great OTT series with explicit stories and impeccable performances, and we have been binge-watching them all. The series have brought great ideas and experimental stories in different formats to our screens. One of the highlights, we could say, of these series has been the way it has portrayed women in them. Many shows have set exemplary examples of women empowerment by talking about gender issues, stereotypes, constant struggles faced by women and taboo subjects like menstruation, sex and menopause. Let's look at some memorable scenes from some of these shows.

1
The Family Man
9.2OTTplay Rating
Season 2 of the crime thriller series starring Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani has a couple of scenes that show women as equal voices and empower them. In one of the scenes at a restaurant, Shrikant (Bajpayee) reminds Suchi (Priyamani) that he has been doing what a father and a husband needs to do - dropping kids off to school, picking them up and getting them home and spending some time with family. Suchi then asks if he's expecting a medal for the bare minimum that he does add that she's been doing all that and much more their whole marriage. The scene, in particular, leaves quite an impact among its audiences as Suchi opens up and tells him that he doesn't do anything extraordinary or more than what she does to help at home. It also gives us an idea of how the two share the household responsibilities equally.
2
Bombay Begums
5OTTplay Rating
Pooja Bhatt rightly says in the show that survival is a battle for every woman and also that society does not see beyond a woman's body and choices. The show constantly portrays the struggles, stereotypes and taboos faced by women. The scenes which especially shed light on menopause and miscarriage have etched in our minds. It tries to normalise periods and menopause by showing a woman bleeding and her panties stained with blood. The series also has the mental state of a woman who is trying to accept herself and her body after she finds out that she cannot give birth to a child. This again is a bold stance against the stereotype or perhaps the societal norm which blames the woman if a couple is unable to bear a child of their own. The actor says she's constantly at war with her body and hating it as she is unable to conceive a child. The series also gives a life lesson that a woman's life should not necessarily revolve around a man.
3
Maharani
7.5OTTplay Rating
The gender or education of a person does not really matter. Everyone deserves equal respect and Rani shows just that. Despite not being educated, she conveys it does not mean she does not deserve to be respected. When she is looked down on for being uneducated, she gives a great response, hinting at unequal opportunities for women in terms of education. She says that it is not her crime that she is uneducated but urges to ask the educated who took away the opportunity from her.
4
Mumbai Diaries 26-11
8.7OTTplay Rating
The characters of Mumbai Diaries 26/11 are impeccable, especially women's. They display a great amount of courage even in the most demanding situations and stand by what is right. One such unforgettable character of the show is Ananya. She rescues people even though she herself was scared and nervous. From being meek and gullible, she goes on to become a bold woman and takes charge of the operation. Her journey and character are inspiring. Her strong words that instead of sitting and doing nothing, waiting to be rescued, we should do something ourselves, will definitely give you goosebumps.
5
The Married Woman
6OTTplay Rating
Set in the 1990s, the series follows the story of Astha, a dutiful wife and mother of two children. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery breaking free from societal norms and traditions after she meets an unconventional artist Peeplika. The series is a women-centric show and the dialogue by Peeplika in one of the series captures Astha's life as she tries to accept and come to terms with their relationship. Peeplika asks: "Tum caterpillar se butterfly ban gayi ho, wapas cocoon mein kaise jaogi?"


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