Mainstream cinema is replete with genres like romance, action, and comedy but movies showcasing the ugly side of the society are rare. Marriage and love has always been glorified in our film industry but how often has a movie tried to share the bitter truth of life? Rarely! And those which have dared to shed light on aspects like rape and abuse have often been forgotten way too soon and that, my friends, is hindering our progress. Enlisted here are 8 such Bollywood movies on marital rape, some based on true stories.
A powerful women-centric movie, Parched dealt with societal evils prevalent in India, including marital rape.
Inspired by a true story, this movie sees Aishwarya Rai playing a victim who foresees a happy married life but ends up being abused by her own husband after moving to London. When she has had enough, she takes her husband’s life by lighting him up in bed.
3. Agni Sakshi
Manisha Koirala plays a timid wife in this movie who is abused and assaulted at the hands of her own husband, played by Nana Patekar. She tries to escape from his clutches and finds love in Jackie Shroff but her husband finds her again and tries to harm her in all ways.
4. 7 Khoon Maaf
A movie that can easily be labelled as one of the best performances by Priyanka Chopra, 7 Khoon Maaf was an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands. Irrfan Khan played the role of one of Priyanka’s husbands who molests her and forced himself on her until one day, she finally kills him.
5. Videsh – Heaven on Earth
With Preity Zinta in the lead role, this movie shed light on the struggles of a newly married woman and the challenges she faces in a new country.
Raveena was bestowed with National award for her strong performance in this movie that revolved around a very strong social evil.
This movie shows how a psycho and possessive husband makes life hell for his wife. Inspired by Julia Roberts starrer Sleeping with the Enemy, this movie failed to impress anyone.
8. Raja ki Aayegi Baraat
One of the very first movies of Rani Mukherjee, this movie dealt with a serious matter of forcing a rape victim into marrying her molester.
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