Ace film director Sathyan Anthikadum, who has made two hugely popular women-centric films, namely Manasinakkare and Achuvinte Amma, said that over-dependence of Malayalam filmmakers on superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal can be reduced by making more women-oriented films.
Women-centric films can be successful without superstars, he opines. Great filmmakers like M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Padmarajan and Bharatan led Malayalam films the way they desired. But today, Mollywood is going the commercial way, depending on the star values of superstars. So it is easy for their films to get released, he said.
However, he hastened to add that the two superstars are no stumbling block. Recently, Anthikadu has released his 48th film, Innnathe Chinthavishayam, in which superstar Mohanlal teams up with the director after a gap of two years. The last time the trio came together was for the super-hit Rasathanthram in 2006.