Seven Times South Asian Film & TV got Female Friendships Right

Queen (2013)

Finding a good girl friend is amazing in itself, but finding one while you’re on a trip by yourself is even more amazing! Rani and Vijaylakshmi in the movie ‘Queen’ are one such example. The line “Vijay nahi toh kya hua? Vijaylakshmi toh hai!” probably warmed all your hearts as it did mine.

Pink (2016)

Personally, I love courtroom dramas. And ‘Pink’ stood out not only for its much-needed theme on sexual consent, but also for its particular kind of female friendship, had with roommates. In college or while working in another city, roommates become your confidantes and support system. I loved seeing Minal, Andrea and Falak fight against all odds to undo the unfairness they had been put through.

Never Have I Ever (2020-2023)

South Asian representation seems to be the underlying theme of many shows from the West nowadays. ‘Never Have I Ever’ is one of these shows and I love the friendship that develops between Devi, Fabiola and Eleanor. They cannot be there for each other every moment, which is a very real scenario, but they always end up finding their way back.

Parched (2015)

‘Parched’ is an underrated yet acclaimed movie which didn’t do well at the box office, but remains a must watch. The movie is set in the rural areas of an Indian state and is a strong reminder of how bravado and friendship can help women get over years of abuse and patriarchal norms.

Mismatched (2020-current)

‘Mismatched’ is book-turned-show filled with drama, but I really enjoyed the friendship between Dimple and Celina. The genre of Young Adult feels overdone nowadays but this show remains simple in its portrayal of female friendships with underlying tones of forgiveness and acceptance.

Dor (2006)

Strength sometimes comes from unexpected sources and the movie ‘Dor’ portrays that beautifully. Meera and Zeenat’s friendship was born out of loss and grief, but prevails despite differences early on. This movie was all about ‘women supporting women.’

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ is a modern day classic, which not only emphasises the restlessness of this generation, but really gets its female friendships right, and keeps it grounded. Naina and Aditi have their own quirks, but what is most relatable is their friendship, which outlasts all the romantic relationships and twists of life in the movie.


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