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Strength Of A Woman: Why South Indian Filmmakers Are Willing To Bet Big On Their Heroines

The phenomenon of actresses successfully working both in commercial and women-centric movies is more common to the South than Bollywood

Strength Of A Woman: Why South Indian Filmmakers Are Willing To Bet Big On Their Heroines
Power of a protagonist Keerthy Suresh in Good Luck Sakhi

Her performance in the recent Tamil film release, Saani Kaayidam, has got the audience talking about her acting chops and the possibility of bagging numerous awards. In the last few years, south Indian actor Keerthy Suresh has been choosing female-centric projects like Saani Kaayidam, Miss India, Good Luck Sakhi and Penguin, along with commercial films with top heroes like Vijay and Mahesh Babu, and has been straddling both worlds with ease. However, she is not the only female actor to pursue this career strategy, and nor is this a new phenomenon in South India.

This phenomenon where actresses successfully work both in commercial and women-centric cinema films is more common to the South than Bollywood. The number of Hindi films in recent years that have featured a female protagonist and have been a hit can literally be counted on one’s fingers. While films like Fashion, English Vinglish, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Raazi, Pink, Queen or Kahaani have been box office hits, these female-centric films are more the exception than the rule in the Hindi film world.

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