Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! It’s 2021, and we still don’t have equal pay, women are still raped, and fairness creams still abound. But as light always shines the brightest in the midst of darkness, women have paved new paths for themselves, refuse to take sexism lying down, and make their place in a man’s world. In the entertainment industry, while we have very, very far to go for gender equality in terms of pay, nominations, etc, there are trailblazing women creators who have created shows that show that women – we run the world!
Fleabag is Waller-Bridge’s baby – she created, wrote, and starred in it – that earned numerous Emmy awards and has a spot in every binge-watcher list with its tragicomedy and brilliant writing. Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays the titular character Fleabag, who is grappling while coming to terms with the death of her best friend. Often breaking the fourth wall, baring topics like sexuality, love, therapy and parental effect, Phoebe’s shockingly funny yet heartbreaking realistic show is a must-watch.
2. Ladies Room
A realistic depiction of the modern Indian woman who doesn’t dress up before going to bed and doesn’t think being a sanskari bahu is her only goal in life, Ladies Room is the ultimate watch. Created by Ashima Chibber and written by Neha Kaul Mehra and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, the story is an adventure of two women – Dingo (Saba Azad) and Khanna (Shreya Dhanwanthary), who struggle to be unapologetically themselves. They are nothing like the daily soap actresses, but are cynical and empowered, and unapologetically themselves. This short show will connect with many ladies across the globe, not only in India.
3. Killing Eve
Phoebe Waller-Bridge strikes again, this time with a story about an MI5 agent and the serial killer who becomes obsessed with her. Winning multiple awards, this show has a different female head writer every season. Following Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an MI5 agent who is tasked with capturing the hired assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The mouse and cat chase soon evolves into obsession, and the rest is the utter magic of female creators who subverted the male-dominated spy-trope and gave us a story worthy of watching.
4. Russian Doll
Created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler, this show is the ultimate head-scratcher. The plot follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne) who dies at a party and gets resurrected again and again in an endless loop. How she solves this life-altering problem forms the show, and with issues like addiction, trauma, existential questions, and the magic of pets, this multi-layered show is a wonder to watch.
5. Bombay Begums
Netflix’s Bombay Begums drops on International Women’s Day and revolves around 5 women who break societal norms and smash the patriarchy. Starring Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur, and Aadhya Anand, the trailer of the show has left everyone in intrigue, and we cannot wait to see how the story of these ambitious women in Bombay unfolds.