Kollywood had plenty of promising projects last year and invariably and not so surprisingly, woman power was at the forefront of almost all major successful films which released last year.
Five heroines – Nayantara, Anushka, Jyothika, Andrea Jeremiah and Amala Paul (in the same sequence) – emerged on top during the year which concluded a fortnight back. Let’s have a detailed look at what they did to garner limelight in 2017!
• Nayantara didn’t have a very successful beginning to last y ear as her Dora, which released in March, didn’t do very well at the box-office. The film’s ‘A’ certification meant that it kept family audiences away from the horror flick. Pre-release publicity glitz which projected Nayantara as a ‘lady superstar’ failed to do wonders for the film at the box-office. The failure was followed by Arram, the super-successful film (produced by Nayantara herself) which along with Aruvi are considered by pundits as last year’s best films. Nayantara’s sensitive portrayal of District Collector Madhivadhani in the film, made with great social consciousness, earned her laurels even from her detractors. The Queen is back and how!
• Anushka Shetty a.k.a. Anushka was bullied for most part of 2016 for not being able to control/check her weight during the shoot of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. She had consciously put on weight for Size Zero (Inji Iduppazhagi in Tamil) which she wasn’t able to shed easily for the shoot of the Baahubali sequel. However, the super-success of Baahubali 2 not only re-affirmed Anushka’s stature as a ‘No.1’ actress in Telugu and Tamil films but also gave her enough enthusiasm to kick off the flab around her waist and acquire a slim frame. The actress, who is in her mid-thirties, is now awaiting the release of Bhaagamathie in theatres.
• Jyothika, who picks and chooses her roles carefully after making a successful comeback to films post-marriage with the super-success of 36 Vayidhinile in 2015, had her Magalir Mattumi (directed by Bramma of Kuttram Kadidhal fame) releasing last year. Jyothika, who comes across as a fluent stage-speaker, surprised her fans and others by speaking about the male chauvinism prevailing in the film industry. Magalir Mattum spoke about women’s greatness and their amazing will-power and brought out another facet of the actress’ multitude of talents. She now awaits the release of Bala’s Naachiyaar and Mani Ratnam’s untitled film in 2018!
• Andrea Jeremiah, the playback singer-turned-actress, had a busy year in 2017 with three of her films releasing in the form of Taramani, Thupparivaalan and Aval. Her portrayal of a single mother’s role in Ram’s Taramani won her laurels from critics. She was also appreciated for her performances in Vishal’s Mysskin-directed Thupparivaalan and in Siddharth’s horror-thriller Aval. Her kissing sequences with Siddharth were also among the most talked-about topics!
• Amala Paul has successfully managed to break the oft-repeated ‘idiom’ in films that married actresses are not considered as heroines in glam-filled roles. The actress, who got married to director Vijay and divorced him before she turned 24 two years back, has had a profitable year in terms release of her films. She had four releases: one each in Kannada (Hebbuli) and Malayalam (Achayans) and two films in Tamil (Velailla Pattathari 2 and Thiruttu Payale 2), both being sequels of successful films of yore. Hopefully, she continues her good run in 2019 too!