The entertainment industry, which has always given importance for male-centric films, saw an interesting twist in 2014.
Apart from directing films on male heroes, Bollywood film-makers took the 'risk' of focusing on female-centric movies this year.
Priyanka starrer sports biopic "Mary Kom" released on 5 September 2014, depicted the successful story of Olympic bronze medallist and five-time World Boxing Champion MC Mary Kom. Directed by Omung Kumar, the film was well accepted by critics and audience alike and Priyanka was praised for her amazing non-glamorous performance.
Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, "Khoobsurat", starring Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor in the lead, revolved around the life of a physiotherapist, who serves a royal family. The film was reviewed as a one-time watch movie.
Even though the film received rave reviews, Rani Mukherjee was praised for her role in her come-back crime thriller, directed by Pradeep Sarkar. Her role as female cop Shivani, who was in charge of uncovering the secrets of human trafficking and drugs in India, was one of the best performances by the actress.
Though Vidya Balan managed to create wonders at the box office with her previous female centric films like "Dirty Picture" and "Kahaani", her 2014 film "Bobby Jasoos", directed by Samar Shaikh, couldn't grab the attention of the film lovers. Vidya played the role of a wannabe private detective, who is in a mission to solve the assignments given to her, to prove her talent in investigating crimes.
Following the huge success of Kangana Ranaut's "Queen", audience were expecting way too much from the satirical love story "Revolver Rani". However, Sai Kabir directorial couldn't make a mark at the box office.
One of the best films of 2014, "Queen", starring Kangana in the lead was released on International Women's Day. The film was about the story of a girl who goes alone on a honeymoon after her fiance dumps her just a day before their marriage. Kangana's down to earth acting in Vikas Bahl directorial received quite a lot of positive appreciations.
Sunny Leone-starrer horror drama "Ragini MMS2", directed by Bhushan Patel, was declared as a box office hit. The film was a sequel to the 2011 film "Ragini MMS".
Directed by Imtiaz Ali, the Alia Bhatt-Randeep Hoonda starrer was praised for the actors' amazing performances. The woman-centric film, was about the story of a girl, who was being kidnapped just a day before her wedding. Soon she develops a connection with her kidnapper, who will be killed by the police.
Starring Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah and Huma Qureshi in the lead roles, "Dedh Ishqiya", directed by Abhishek Chaubey, garnered rave reviews. It was the sequel of 2010 release Vidya Balan starrer "Ishqiya".
Directed by Soumik Sen, "Gulaab Gang" marked the come-back of Bollywood's evergreen actresses Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla.
Though the film was a box office flop, the actresses were appreciated for their performances. The film focused on many social issues, including the dowry system, domestic violence, rape, electricity issues and education, among others.