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    18 Important Times Women Got Very, Very Real In Vintage Bollywood Films

    "Woman and the earth have a lot to tolerate," - Meena Kumari, Kaajal (1965).

    1. When Shabana Azmi pointed out the hypocrisy of misogynists in In Custody.

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    2. When Vyjayanthimala summed up the effects of the patriarchy in Sadhna.

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    3. When Sadhana refused a marriage proposal and wasn't scared to say why in Budtameez.

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    4. When Geeta Bali refused to break under oppression in Baaz.

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    5. When this daughter had the perfectly respectful question to answer her parents in Ek Din Pratidin.

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    6. When Meena Kumari told the world our biggest struggle as women in Kaajal.

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    7. When Sharmila Tagore cleared out your misconceptions about being educated in Devi.

    8. When this answer from Party showed us it should be the universal answer.

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    9. When Jayashree Roy was too fly to care for this question in Pratidwandi.

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    10. When a friend gave awfully honest advice to Nargis in Babul.

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    11. When Sharmila Tagore patronised men the way they patronise women in Sawan Ki Ghata.

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    12. When Rekha Sabnis told this simple truth in Ashadh Ka Aik Din.

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    13. When these girls had no time for the society's son-worshipping nonsense in Doghi.

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    14. When this legit #ConservativeParentProb was pointed out in Dooratwa.

    15. When this conversation from Insan Jaag Utha showed us women don't owe men anything.

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    16. When Neena Gupta asked this important question about art and the mainstream in Susman.

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    17. When Smita Patel showed us how to parent in Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki.

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    18. And when Rekha told 'em stereotyping bitches wassup in Khoon Bhari Maang.

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