Actresses are hardly seen portraying villainous roles or hardcore action, but director AR Murugadoss feels it is time to change this scenario and arm women characters with more brawn to break the long-held gender stereotype in the film industry.
"Worldwide cinema has always been largely male oriented and the female is always an accompaniment. From the beginning of time we do not have female centric stories, at least now we should change that and tell stories from a woman's point of view," Murugadoss told PTI.
"Especially women oriented action films should be made more as the mindset is that she can't fight, she should be soft, she should not talk back, not speak aloud.." he said.
Murugadoss thinks because of this mindset against women, female actors keep away from action and negative roles.
"When cinema displays a strong woman character who fights back, the audience mindset will change. When Olympic medals are achieved only by them with a fighting spirit, they prove that they are not only soft natured but can fight back if a problem arises... the environment now is right for female films," he added.
Murugadoss is currently awaiting the release of his Hindi film Akira, in which Sonakshi Sinha of Lingaa fame plays the lead.