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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 films.
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 natural.
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 themes.
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, Prithviraj etc.
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.