Malayalam film industry is definitely going through a changing face. There are much welcoming changes in various aspects of films, which definitely is a sign of a good way forward.
There has been a visible change in the way film-makers and
writers are etching out female characters in commercial films. Here
we list 6 such well-etched female characters from recent Malayalam
Tessa In Charlie
The character Tessa in the film Charlie was indeed very
different from the usual female characters we have seen in
Malayalam films. Tessa has been etched with a different tone that
stands close with the character of Charlie.
Kanchanamala In Moideen
Being a love story, the success of the film definitely depends
on the characterisation of the male and female protagonists. The
makers of the film did make it a point to make the character of
Kanchanamala as powerful as Moideen's.
Malar In Premam
Malar, the character played by Sai Pallavi in the film, went on
to in the hearts of many. The character appears only in one of the
three stages in the film, yet Malar became the most talked about
character of the film.
Jimcy In Maheshinte Prathikaram
Jimcy comes in towards the second half of the film, but the
character has been well-etched such that Jimcy makes a lasting
impression in the minds of the people. The character wasn't given
any cliched circumstances and it definitely stood real and
Laya In Two countries
Less often we see a female character getting equal space in an
out-and-out commercial entertainer. The character of Laya portrayed
by Mamtha Mohandas, is a never seen before kind of a character.
More importantly, Laya is equally important in the film just like
the main protagonist Ullas, played by Dileep.
Kalyani In Su..Su..Sudhi Valmeekam
The character played by Shivada Nair may not be having equal
screen space as the character played by Jayasurya in the film. But,
the character Kalyani has been well-etched by Ranjith Sankar,
staying away from cliches. Even the dialogues given to the
character were more real than dramatic.
It has to be noted that most of the films given in the above
list fall into the category of commercial cinema. It also has to be
noted that, none of the above films handled women-centric
Despite all these, the above films had given good space to their
female leads to perform. More importantly, those female characters
didn't fall into the category of stereotyped women characters and
stayed away from cliches.
Films like Charlie, Ennu Ninte Moideen, Premam etc.
were pure commercial entertainers and these films did have in them
some big names of the industry like Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly,
Inspite of all these, the actresses of the film went on to
receive much appreciation for which due credits must be given to
the way the characters were etched.
Well, we hope that this definitely is a positive sign and we
would get to see more and more
well-written female characters in commercial films and thereby giving the actresses equal space to perform.