Women have a unique sense of determination that is so alluring. They may win or lose but they don’t cease their struggle; that’s the beauty of women. Having said that, Kollywood has churned some really good films that focused on the strength of women. Let’s take a look at some of these films.
Azhagi is a poignant tale of love lost and regained. But when it is regained it becomes too late. Nandita Das is the Azhagi of this movie who happens to meet her childhood love Parthiepan after many years, that too after his marriage. The film ends with Nandita letting go… Nandita Das has given an exemplary performance as the innocent yet intense women. Thankar Bachchan enabled her to deliver a superb performance.
Maniratnam always has a flair for two things in his movies: 1) he showcases subtle emotions with perfection 2) the female characters in his movies are crafted well. Kannathil Muthamittal is one such movie wherein the women take all the accolades. Simran was simply stunning as a mother of three kids (Keerthana being the adopted one) while Nandita Das was at her natural best in the portrayal of the real mother, caught between two priorities. Which priority does she choose? That’s the highlight of the film. As for Baby Keerthana, she did a great job as the girl caught in the deluge of emotions.
Every woman will feel a sense of independence when Sonali Kulkarni sings the song Margazhi Poove in May Madham. The lyrics are very beautiful and give tribute to the innocent attitude of women. Sonali Kulkarni, as the woman, torn by the love of Vineeth, has given a convincing performance in the movie.
Well, this movie has a special place in my heart since it talks about the self-realization process of two independent women. After all, love is skin deep. Even though there are three male leads in this movie it’s the women who walk with the accolades. Aishwarya Rai was most spontaneous and candid in this movie while Tabu delivered an equally splendid performance. Kandukondein Kandukondein is an adaptation of the English novel Pride and Prejudice
Meenakshi Seshadri delivered an exemplary performance in Daamini as an innocent wife who seeks justice for a rape victim with the help of a talented lawyer Sunny Deol. This movie was remade in Tamil as Priyanka and Revathy did full justice to her role. She was supported well by Prabhu, the defending lawyer of Revathy.
And here is another Revathy movie for you. In Anjali, she ably portrayed the role of a mother who longs for the love of her differently abled child. The scene in which Baby Shamili finally calls out to her mother and the way in which Revathy responds deserve special applause. This movie is a tribute to motherhood.
This movie is an out-and-out women movie. Jyothika and Sharbani Mukherjee, who are thick friends, are caught in a murder case, and they run away from the city. Both of them show determination and tenacity in this movie. But the show stopper is Tabu, who finally turns out to be the black sheep. She has given a mature performance of a tough cop.
Sujatha is the sole breadwinner of her family. Most women can relate to her character in this movie. Sujatha essayed her role brilliantly as the determined woman who braves all odds.
Here is another movie of Revathy in this list. This film remains fresh in the hearts of Tamil audiences. Revathy, who suffered a heartbreak, finds it hard to accept her husband, but when she finally does, she does it with full conviction. Being a Maniratnam directorial venture, this movie handled emotions in a very fine manner.
Visu is known for his women-centric films and Samsaram Adhu Minsaram is a gem in his crown. Though there are quite some female characters in the movie, Lakshmi’s character deserves special mention for the solidarity and perseverance she shows in uniting the split joint family.
And yet another Maniratnam film to crown this list is Roja. How a rustic naïve girl evolves as a courageous woman forms the crux of the story. Madhubala has done a superb job as the woman who wants her husband (who is held captive in North India) alive at any cost. Language doesn’t act as a barrier for her as long as the passion to find her husband kept alive.
There are many more movies that will adorn this list, but this is just a sample of female-oriented movies in Kollywood that went on to prove that women have immense grit and nerve behind their sorrow.