Now that the current year 2016 is drawing to a close in about a week’s time from now, the question of which heroine ‘disturbed’ the minds of the youths in Tamil Nadu with her beauty, brains, figure, etc. has come up.
There had been many promising debutants including Madonna Sebastian and Manjima Mohan but they rarely fit into the category of ‘dream-girl’; here’s a look at the probable contenders for the hot post of ‘dream-girl’ of Tamil cinema in 2016:
• The Nayantara juggernaut has been moving steadily despite spending more than a decade as heroine. Despite her various controversial affairs in the past including the present one, she is still the most sought-after heroine opposite top heroes and has of late started doing films opposite younger heroes too.
From Rajini to Vijay Sethupathi, Nayan is the ‘first choice’ and only when she is not available, the film-maker looks elsewhere. Despite her whopping fee of more than Rs.3 crores per film, she has been getting films frequently; her plus point is her choice of films, screen presence (as seen in Kaashmora in a small role) and looking perfectly opposite all heroes and her minus point is her unique set of controversies;
• Keerthy Suresh, daughter of yesteryear’s heroine Menaka (of of Rajinikanth’s heroines in Netrikan), has delivered two super-duper hit films and invariably, both of them were opposite Sivakarthikeyan: Rajini Murugan and Remo. Her last year’s debut film Idhu Yenna Maayam and this year’s Thodari opposite Dhanush flattered to deceive.
However, the actress with a homely face and a reasonably good figure, is viewed as a promising prospect and has films opposite Vijay and Suriya in her kitty. With her voice as a plus-point, she may go places; her plus point is her smile, youthful exuberance and enthusiasm whereas her minus point is that she hasn’t yet got the opportunity to showcase the ‘actress’ in her so far;
• Samantha appears to have been caught at crossroads in her professional career at this juncture as she has neither been able to keep her impending marriage to Tollywood’s Naga Chaitanya as a ‘secret’ but also can’t stop wondering what may prevent film-makers from approaching her with offers to star in their films.
Her next film would be opposite Sivakarthikeyan and but for her impending marriage, she had been getting regular films opposite top heroes. Her plus point is her complexion, facial beauty and her willingness to go glamourous while her minus point is her reported reluctance to take up heroine-oriented films;
• Tamannaah, the ‘milky beauty’ of Tamil and Telugu films, has said in a recent interview that she has had a ‘fantastic’ and ‘personally satisfying’ year in 2016 wherein she delivered three back-to-back hit films in the form of Thozha, Devi and Dharma Durai. Thankfully, at a time when people started writing her off, the Punjabi Kudi has delivered in time to silence her critics.
Her role in Dharma Durai and Devi showed that she was a good enough performer who didn’t rely only on her glamour aspect. Her plus point is her amazing ‘hourglass’ figure, complexion and a flooring smile while her minus point is not being able become a top actress in Tamil films;
• Kajal Aggarwal, another actress with a near-perfect figure and an amazingly beautiful smile, has been shuttling between Tamil and Telugu films and would be seen in Tamil films after some hiatus after her recent stints in Telugu and Hindi films. She plays Ajith Kumar’s heroine in his upcoming untitled Siva-directed film and has also bagged Vijay’s next untitled film.
Her plus point is certainly her way of maintaining her figure and still looking fresh despite her decade-long stay in films while her minus point is her reported reluctance to pair up opposite heroes younger to her;
• Sri Divya is the typical girl-next-door heroine of Tamil films and with such a kind of ‘homely face’ she can never succeed to become a glam-filled actress even if she makes any conscious efforts in this regard.
With hit films opposite Vishal and Vishnu Vishal in the year, Sri Divya is looking for the one ‘big break’ i.e. film opposite Vijay, Ajith or Suriya or Simbu or Dhanush; as she is still young, she has the prospect of a long stint and great success in the industry. Her plus is her great ‘girl-next-door’ looks and a casual smile while her minus point is that she looks the same in all her films; it’s high time she consulted her make-up artiste;
• Amy Jackson, who paired up opposite Vikram in Shankar’s I, is again part of Shankar’s superstar Rajini-starrer 2.0 which is to release next year. With a typical Western face, she looks surprisingly at home in Indian costumes as well, as witnessed in Thanga Magan.
She is to go places before she is seen as a top actress; her plus point is her figure, complexion and her oomph factor while her minus point is certainly her ‘topless’ photographs and various controversies;
• Shruti Haasan, despite her advantage as Kamal Haasan’s daughter, didn’t bank on her father’s popularity and strived hard to attain her own space in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi film industries. Her ability to dub in all the three language is one of her huge strengths.
The multi-faceted, mightily talented actress, who looks amazingly beautiful despite turning 30 recently, has S3 opposite Suriya which releases on R-Day in January. She is destined to stay at the top for a few more years, as per predictions by analysts. Her strength is her amazing confidence and courage while her minus point is not taking up heroine-oriented roles and proving her actual mettle as an actress of substance;
• Nikki Galrani is the ‘Miss Charming’ of Tamil films and has a super-duper hit film in Velainnu Vandhutta Vellaikkaran opposite Vishnu Vishal. She has a few promising projects and may become a name to reckon with in the years to come if she concentrates hard. Her plus points are her smile, her figure and her on-screen appearance while her minus point is that she is not seen quite often on big screen;
• Manjima Mohan, who played Simbu’s heroine in Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada, has become one of the ‘most sought after’ heroine in Tamil films. Though she doesn’t look like a teenager, her somewhat matured face and her plump figure has made her dear to Tamil youths. She has to prove herself before she is rated but is predicted to have a long Kollywood innings.
Others such as Hansika (who has surprisingly fallen out of reckoning with movie-makers), Catherine Tresa, Nithya Menen, Anandhi, Madonna Sebastian and Raai Laxmi have done very little during the year to be taken into reckoning. Rakul Preet Singh and Regina Cassandra would only be judged by their films-to-be-released in Tamil films!