How many times have we come across actresses talking about garnering a role that recognizes their acting, their capability, and their demeanor? During the audio launch of ‘Magalir Mattum’, Jyothika spoke about how treating women as a piece of meat need to be stopped and how there are many actresses out who could do justice to a meaty role as much as an actor would. Whether she was taken seriously or not is not yet sure but there is definitely a revolution going on about fighting for a role equal to that of a hero.
However, amidst this, we saw Malar, Mynaa, and Vasanthi who were much beyond being beautiful. The role of Malar miss played by Sai Pallavi in the movie ‘Premam’ provided one with a new definition of natural beauty. A beauty that was imperfect, natural and absolutely gorgeous. There was the role of Mynaa played by Amala Paul that made us realize the role a woman could share even if there is a hero in existence. There was the role of Vasanthi played by Jyothika in ’36 Vayadhinile’ which showed what power and prowess a woman holds.
Aishwarya Rajesh’s role as a mother in the movie ‘Kaaka Muttai’ was more recognized and more powerful than Shruti Haasan’s role in ‘Vedhalam’. Roles like those are more to stay unforgettable than any other. How amazing was Amala Paul’s role in ‘Amma Kanakku’? Something that kept us thinking, right?
In a recent interview with The News Minute, actress Aishwarya Rajesh, one of the very few to choose roles that demand more power than glamour said that the major difference she finds between the Tamil and Malayalam industries where she has worked is that the Malayalam industry is more particular about the heroine looking the part than fitting a stereotype.
Rightly said so, the Malayalam industry demands talent and power from artists without any sort of gender difference. Shifting focus from the industry as a whole which objectifies women, many of the actresses allow them to make use of that quotient in them. A Samantha’s role in the movie ‘Kaththi’ and a Katrina Kaif’s role in ‘Dhoom 3’ was as long as three songs. Of course actresses are capable of taking up an entire movie on their shoulders if they fight against the industry that wants to only see the glamourous, unrealistic side of them.
Devasena the princess remains stronger in our hearts than Avanthika only because Devasena showed the internal beauty of the character than Avanthika did. Sai Pallavi acted in two films till date but her fanbase is humungous because she did not cover her imperfections like any other actresses go for these days.
Audience these days have started to pave ways to movies that have real, strong stories be it romance or a social issue. It is upto the filmmakers and artists to bring out the elephant in the room. Won’t the industry garner more respect if it had classic love stories like ‘Premam’ and family entertainers like ‘Dhrishyam’ where no one was a glam doll with dollops of makeup and editing that gives the audience an idea that women are just that.
That doesnt mean wearing make up or wearing what one wants is wrong – the point isnt that. The point is, how that buries the talent and the power a woman could show onscreen. Once there is more concentration on the story and the role, looks and white skin will not be essentials to become an actress, talent will be.
From the Queen of power and acting, Manju Warrier to actresses like Anupama Parameshwaran and Aishwarya Rajesh who are focussing on choosing roles with substance, some of our heroines are already making a statement and it’s high time the others join the club too.