4. Sai Pallavi
How can we forget the actress who broke stereotypes by going with a no-makeup look in her very first film. “Women shouldn’t be just love interests of the actors in a film – they are much more than that,” the ‘Premam’ actress asserted while she received the JFW Award as the Sensation of South Cinema for her excellent portrayals in Premam, Kali and more recently, in the Telugu movie ‘Fidaa’. Sai Pallavi had proved that she is confident in her own skin and does not need to demean herself in order to make the hero fall in love with her onscreen. Yet, she is one of the most loved actresses of this generation and if she is in a film, one goes without a second thought that there will be enough substance in the character that she has chosen to portray. The confidence she has created amongst the audience is so much that the topic of a gender difference never comes up. That’s the kind of change and establishment a woman needs to achieve.
There are a lot of actresses from Nayanthara, Jyothika and Trisha to Anushka Shetty who have just begun to understand the value of grabbing meatier roles with some substance. However, these ladies made sure that they, in fact, began their career with larger roles. That’s what makes them rare and that’s what aspiring actresses today must try to achieve – quality and quantity. It is important to prove to the world that these women who are working hard to be successful actresses are more than just the 5-minute song and glamour dolls who are just there all dolled-up to satisfy their hero. Why glorify an individual when one can be equal and together put up a fantastic movie?