Empowerment of women is truly seeping into every industry and space, where you see women not only participate but also lead the way. An increasing number of women are entering each industry with unparalleled talent and skill. This growth in participation, coupled with the growing recognition and acceptance amongst people for such participation is propelling the female population towards achieving greater accolades.
There was once a time when female actors were commodities you could easily replace, while the male actors were really the anchors of the show. Nowadays, some of the most successful women on screen have shown the world that they are ready and capable of hustling and conquering the hearts of audiences all by themselves. They do not need to play the role of damsels in distress for their shows to be successful.
Here are some of the more successful TV shows with female leads that have contributed impressively towards changing the mindset and breaking several stereotypes of society.
Streamed on: Disney+ Hotstar
This web series is based on the Dutch crime drama series, ‘Penoza’ by Pieter Bart Korthuis. The popularity of this show hit new highs, with the amount of appreciation and viewership it gathered. Sushmita Sen portrays the role of the protagonist with so much strength as well as grace. The storyline starts off with Aarya (Sushmita Sen) playing the role of a wife and mother of two, who loses her husband. As the story progresses, it becomes even more intriguing as she is caught in the middle of a murder investigation on one side and balancing the emotions of being a widow and a mother of two children on the other. Ambition, greed, crime, and a whole lot of family drama is the primary plot of the series. Aarya is undeniably one of the best feminist TV shows of all time.
2. The Trip
Streamed on: Amazon Prime Video
A fun light-hearted breezy web series that focuses around four best friends, who wants to run away from the conforms of society and just catch a break with their girls. In this female-centric tv show, each of the four girls has a strong personality, so vastly different from the other. The web series gained popularity despite not having any mainstream actors, because of the strong plot and high relatability quotient. Watching the show can make you instantly connect with the four girls and remind you of your girls’ trips. This show is packed with lots of madness, drama, and fun!
3. Na Aana Is Desh Meri Ladoo
Streamed on: Voot
Set in a village in rural Rajasthan, this satirical drama features a strong woman lead, known as Ammaji, who rules over the entire village. Being among the most famous female-driven tv shows, this story talks about how in this village, Virpur, women are meant to only sit at home and perform their household duties. They have no respect in anyone’s eyes. Ammaji commands over the villagers and tries to maintain this tradition until her own granddaughters start rebelling against her and her principles. The show attempts to throw light on the wrongdoings towards the rural parts of society, with their socially backward customs and mindset. You can see the evil traditions followed to suppress them and how these women finally stand up for themselves and try to overcome these difficulties.
NAIDML definitely makes it to the list of some of the best female lead tv shows, owing to the fabulous storyline and portrayal of each character.
4. Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin
Streamed on: SonyLIV
A show that instantly became everybody’s favourite, talking about ‘Jassi’, played by Mona Singh, who was an extremely dedicated and sincere girl who faced many rejections from society only because of her looks. To her misfortune, she also fell in love with her flamboyant and extremely handsome boss, played by Apurva Agnihotri.
At the time of its release, it was probably the only TV show with a female lead. The show continues to throw light on Jassi’s struggles as a girl who didn’t know how to groom herself and was constantly looked down upon by people for it. The storyline caught the attention of viewers, and the relatable characters made it even more interesting.
5. Girl In The City
This show talks about a girl who belongs to today’s generation, and has just moved into a new city - Mumbai, from her hometown, Dehradun. She starts her new life with lots of aspirations and dreams to one day make it big in the fashion industry. Mithila Palkar, playing the protagonist, makes the character especially relatable with her whole girl-next-door vibe. The story presents an interesting blend and transition of a girl with big dreams, taking on strides while fighting with the big city woes at the same time.
Though no big OTT platform or television streamed this show, it gathered tremendous popularity because of the content, the plot, and the phenomenal performance of all the characters.
6. Diya Aur Baati Hum
Streamed on: Disney+ Hotstar
Another satirical drama, but this one is with a twist. Sandhya, a regular college going girl, has big dreams of becoming an IPS officer. However, after her parents’ sudden demise, she is forced to marry Sooraj. The role of Sooraj is exceptionally important in this story, as it pleasantly surprises the viewers by breaking some set-on-stone norms of society. Rather than being the conventional society-defined husband, who is the superior one in the relationship and the breadwinner for the family, Sooraj encourages Sandhya to pursue her big dreams of becoming an IPS officer. Through Sandhya, the show portrays to the audience that a woman is capable of pursuing her dreams as well as managing the family, simultaneously. Additionally, Sooraj sets the best example for husbands to completely support the dreams and choices of their wives.