Top 100 Bollywood Movies Of All Time: No.10 - "Kya Kehna", Bollywood Film That Empowers Women

Mina Muzumdar |Jun 28, 2019

Hindi films rarely centralized a woman in the lead role, but "Kya Kehna" is a masterpiece that takes the different road.

For decades, gender-based disparities in all sector, especially in the film industry and stereotyping has been a thorny issue. In Bollywood, though gender equality has gained increasing momentum, films that centralized female character like Kya Kehna is a silver lining.

The film which made it to top 10 in Top 100 Bollywood Movies Of All Time also inspired Indian women with a heart-touching story.

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Kya Kehna, directed by Kundan Shah, emotionally binds the audience in the story of the first-year college student Priya (Preity Zinta). Her whirlwind romance with play-boy Rahul (Saif Ali Khan) inevitably led to an unexpected result. Priya got pregnant. Whether the young student would defy the norms of society and give birth to her baby and becoming a single mother. Hence the storyline takes many twisted turns.

Priya found herself standing alone in a society full of prejudice for women in general and especially for single mothers. Her lover Rahul instead of standing by her side turned his back on her. Facing the adversity, Priya against everyone's thought and following her heart to keep the baby.

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A bold subject that matter to many Indian's women was brought to the table and just strike the right chord. Priya's story also represented many women who trap in so-called society's norm. Might the audience feel their heartbeat when Priya slaps her Vice-Principal for questioning her about abortion choice or Priya's parent's reaction when they found out the news.

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From the way Priya's story was told on the big screen to the subtle strains of sensitivity that the cast displayed were very convincing to the audience. Both Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta had successfully brought a raw intensity to their role.

Also, veteran actor Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal added their precious experience to the film to make it an unforgettable film. Among numerous accolades received by Kya Kehna, Best Story Award reflects the film value with a burning social issue. Beside, Preity Zinta collected another Best Actress Awards for her excellent performance in the film at the 46th Filmfare Awards.

Until today, while films with topics about women still a rare product in Bollywood, Kya Kehna is an exceptional film that worth a must watch. Being at the 10th position in Top 100 Bollywood Movies Of All Time is enough to say about the film's appealing.


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