Now, Tollywood isn’t exactly known for being very friendly to women-centric themes but the trend seems to be changing at least in Malayalam. In the last couple of years, there have been some very significant films revolving around actresses and the heartening news is that they have been well-acclaimed commercially and critically. The years 2016 and 2017 were considered to be a harbinger of change for women in Tamil cinema.
Recently, the makers of the upcoming film Rangasthalam decided to unveil their first round of promotional material. Ram Charan’s look was launched first and then leading lady Samantha’s look was launched separately in a small video. Samantha had acknowledged that not all leading ladies get the gesture
Actresses like Meera Jasmine, Rima Kallingal, Shwetha Menon among others are at the forefront of this new wave aided by liberal and modern filmmakers and actors like Aashiq Abu and Fahadh Faasil. We were particularly impressed by films like 22 Female Kottayam, 100 Degree Celcius, Ithinumappuram and Aanju Sundarigal. What’s more rather than reinforce stereotypes about women, these films portray them very realistically. Hopefully, it should continue and become the norm rather than the exception.
In a complete cycle, our women are once again taking charge. We have Nayanthara, Parvathy, Anushka Shetty being hailed as Lady Superstars in their main languages. Apart from these women, we have several other faces who are each breaking stereotypes with élan. If it is Manju Warrier in Malayalam, we have Jyothika in Tamil.