2017: An unforgettable year for Malayalam female actors


Her naturalistic style in playing her role in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum makes it very difficult not to admire her. The goal of WCC is to create a positive atmosphere for the women members of the film fraternity and address gender-related issues. Parvathy had a brilliant run at the box office, award shows and she even dominated news space. The constant harassment of Parvathy kept the debate against the onscreen sexism alive and with many demanding the big stars to stand up and make their position on the issue clear. Just another 999 steps to the destination. Many stars are yet to speak up. She criticised dialogues of Mammootty in controversial film Kasaba that released last year. And played a pivotal role in Villian. 2017 was an unforgettable year for the Malayalam film industry. This year she played the protagonist in two films Udaharanam Sujatha and C/O Saira Banu. And she drew a target on herself for online tolling. As the name suggests the organisation is made up of only women members of the Malayalam film industry. And she swept the audience off their feet with her bold and uncompromising performance in recently released Mayaanadhi. She looked drop-dead gorgeous in the film and her chemistry with Dulquer was refreshing too. While the film offered significant characters to other three leading ladies, it is Neha who stole the hearts (my heart for sure) with her joyous performance. Manju Warrier continues her reign in the Malayalam film industry. Her performance in Take Off won her the best actor (female) award at the International Film Festival (IFFI) 2017. She even received rape and death threats. That led to the formation of Women in Cinema Collective (WCC). Aishwarya Lekshmi made an impressive debut with Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela earlier this year. Well, that’s a right step in right direction. Actor Parvathy, who is one of the prominent members of the WCC, stirred a debate about prevailing sexism in the industry that blatantly normalises misogyny and male chauvinism through the films. The year began with a shameful event that shook the conscience of the country. He openly admitted that he was part of the problem and apologised saying he won’t glorify misogyny in his films anymore. Neha Sharma was one of the leading ladies in Dulquer Salmaan’s Solo, an anthology of four movies. But even before Parvathy or any other actors, it was Prithviraj who first realised the ill-effects of on-screen misogyny. She has been on the top of her game ever since she made a comeback in 2014, after a gap of 14 years. Nimisha Sajayan is a memorable and impressive addition to the Malayalam film industry. She is now shooting for Aami, which will hit the screens next year. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
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Updated: January 5, 2018 10:08 pm

Parvathy stirred a debate about prevailing sexism in the industry. In the history of IFFI, she is the first actor from the Malayalam film industry to win the silver peacock. On February 18, a popular actress was held captive and was sexually assaulted by a group of thugs in her own car when it was in transit in Kochi.