10 Excellent Short Films about the Lives of Indian Women That Are a Must-Watch for All

Over the last year the world has seen the start of a revolution. A revolution by women, for women and other groups that have been discriminated against. The feminist movement has even spread to the Indian film and content industry, manifesting in some refreshing and unique content. A part of this new content are short films – made by amateurs as well as famous directors and actors. These are short films that are talking about women in every form – from everyday lives to the power of women. These hard-hitting short films are not only entertaining, they are poignant and will make you think. So get yourself a snack, sit back and watch.


Made by Neeraj Ghaywan and starring Shefali Shah, this short film garnered great accolades for its simple yet impactful story. The quiet suffering of Indian homemakers, thanks to the sexism and patriarchal norms that are prevalent in every household, is shown brilliantly in these 15 minutes.

Pressure Cooker

Directed by Heena D'souza, Pressure Cooker follows the story of a homemaker who is out to buy a new pressure cooker. Although her husband tells her not to make any new purchases, the woman (Pallavi Joshi) decides that enough is enough and stands up for herself.

The Day After Everyday

This Anurag Kashyap film will resonate with every Indian woman on some level. It is about everyday sexism, harassment, and abuse that women face daily. And how the protagonists are forced to take matters into their own hands when it gets too much.

Khaney Mein Kya Hai

We cannot write enough about this short film. A mother and her newly married daughter have an uneasy yet light conversation about sex. Promoting healthy sexual activity and conversation, this short film is a must watch for all women.

Ek Dopahar

It is a common stereotype that women can never be friends because they get into catfights and never truly support each other. This short film takes different look at that, proving that women supporting women is more common than you think.

Going Dutch

Starring Gul Panag and Sanjay Rajoura, this five minute film explains the casual sexism every woman faces on dates. Even when it comes to supposedly progressive and educated men, there is no escaping these comments and thoughts. And we have to change it.


When it comes to scandals, our female celebrities are favourites. From sex scandals to relationships, women are more closely scrutinised and unfairly so. Starring Kalki Koechlin, this short film takes a good look at the sexism in the entertainment and media industry.

Mama's Boys

When it comes to relationships and marriage, the woman's opinion and choice are so often overlooked. And it is so deeply entrenched that even our mythology reflects it. But what if characters like Draupadi existed today? How would she choose her husband? This hilarious short film, starring Aditi Rao Hydari and Neena Gupta, imagines exactly that scenario.

White Shirt

Why is it that women are always expected to be the one lamenting after a broken heart? Can she not move on, 'like a man'? This film starring Kunal Kapoor and Kritika Kamra, takes a good look at that.

The Girl Story

A simple short film about breaking the archaic beliefs that a woman is a burden on the man, this video makes you introspect on society's treatment of women.

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