We've had some brilliant, independent women who have gone down in the annals of history as strong and charismatic heroines - like Nargis, Hema Malini, Rekha and Jaya Bachchan to name a few.
Then there came a barren period, with heroines merely being written in as the hero's arm candy.
Things are different now. With directors, produces, script writers, editors, composers and actors from the "delicate sex" calling the shots, the industry has changed, and all for the best!
On Women's Day, we look at a few of these stars who proved that they can do it all and have it all, and still stay true to themselves.
Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar