REPLUG: Nayanthara, the diva who made cash-cows out of women-centric movies


As Nayanthara marries long-time beau Vignesh Shivan, we republish a Could 2021 article that appears at how the ‘girl celebrity’ shattered the Kollywood glass ceiling

Nayanthara stated final yr that she won’t pair up with huge heroes anymore. Pic: Twitter

Tamil celebrity Nayanthara, who has been paired with a lot of the main actors within the south business, has now declared that she’s going to henceforth act primarily in woman-centric movies.

The Tamil each day, Every day Thanthi has reported on Could 18, 2021, that the actress, who instructions a large fan following nearly akin to male superstars, has stated that she won’t pair up with huge heroes anymore and take up roles after cautious consideration preferring to do movies which give prominence to a lady’s position.

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Nayanthara is at the moment working in Rajnikanth’s Annaatthe, the place she appears to be showing in an older model of herself, and in Vijay Sethupathi Kathuvakkula Rendu Kadhal. After these movies, the heroine has made the choice to hearken to storylines with care and act solely in women-oriented cinema.

The gorgeous actress has already proven her mettle in films the place girls characteristic because the central characters. For instance, she has performed the position of IPS officer Anjali Vikramadithyan in psychological thriller Immaikka Nodigal (2018). Her difficult cop position alongside Rudra performed by Bollywood director, Anurag Kashyap grew to become the speak of the city. She has performed a single mom in horror film Maya (2015), a district collector taking over political leaders in Aramm (2017), and a drug smuggler in Kolamavu Kokila (2018).

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Based on Gopi Nair, her Aramm director, Nayanthara has already acted in lots of women-centric movies and it isn’t shocking that she is making this transfer. Chatting with The Federal, Nair stated, “Nayanthara has the chance or is able to name the pictures now. She has labored laborious and has carved a particular place for herself within the male-dominated movie business. I feel it’s a good transfer, although, after Aramm, she has already accomplished many movies, which had been woman-centric.”  He added that it isn’t sufficient for an actress to bop across the hero and romance him.

“They present no individuality, real-life girls usually are not like that. Sadly, south cinema is a really male setup,” Nair admitted.

Nevertheless, of late, there are small however courageous makes an attempt to scale back the misogyny that’s rampant within the south movie business just like the Ladies in Cinema Collective in Kerala, who’re preventing to construct a greater office for girls employed in south cinema. It’s helmed by actors like Parvathy Thiruvoth, Revathy and Rima Kallingal, singer Sayanora however that is the primary time a mainstream actress is staking out on her personal within the male-dominated business.

Nayanthara, born Diana Mariam Kurian, made her performing debut within the 2003 Malayalam movie Manassinakkare. Director Sathyan Anthikkad noticed her image in {a magazine} and was impressed by her grace. Taking part in the position of a bubbly, cheerful Gauri, her hero within the film was Jayaram, and the movie went on to turn out to be a blockbuster. There was no wanting again for Nayanthara ever since then.

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She was simply 19 when she signed the film. Her subsequent movie was with veteran filmmaker Fazil, a psychological thriller, the place she was solid reverse none aside from celebrity Mohanlal. After the success of the movie, Nayanthara was seen by the Tamil movie business, and after her first Tamil movie, Ayya in 2005, she was solid in Chandramukhi and AR Murugadoss’ Ghajini.

Nayanthara shot as much as the highest slot. For some time, her private life bought plenty of consideration, together with her failed romance with director Prabhudeva. Nayanthara made a surprising comeback with the Atlee-directed movie Raja Rani in 2013. As a lady in an organized marriage who ultimately falls in love together with her husband, her efficiency mirrored a brand new maturity and depth. The movie was an enormous hit garnering roughly 3.20 crore on the primary day.

Along with these field workplace smashes, she pulled off the position of a haunted journalist within the horror movie Airaa (2019) and a vengeful hearing-impaired woman in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015). Her performances in SimhaBoss Engira Bhaskaran and Tremendous ultimately fetched her nominations for the Filmfare Finest Actress Award within the respective languages.

Many movie critics have stated that Nayanthara just isn’t significantly a “versatile” performer however owes her success to “the massive films that bought her seen”. Nevertheless, the actress wished to be in mainstream movies the place the gender of the lead protagonist didn’t matter. It didn’t should be essentially women-centric movies, she had stated in interviews earlier than.

In 2016, Nayanthara broke the Tamil movie business’s robust code of silence when director Suraj stated, amongst different offensive issues, that he was not an enormous fan of ladies carrying a sari, if we’re paying good cash, we anticipate actresses to put on skimpy garments and look glamourous.

Demanding an apology for “all girls within the business”, Nayanthara has stated “audiences who look as much as movie stars are way more mature and respect girls greater than Suraj does”.

In 2019, actor and politician Radha Ravi, identified for his sexist feedback, prompt that Nayanthara was not an appropriate alternative for the position of Sita, she issued a tough hitting assertion calling him a misogynist and requested the South Indian Artistes’ Affiliation to conduct an “inside inquiry”. Nayanthara was supported by #MeToo frontrunners equivalent to Chinmayi Sripaada, in addition to different actors and administrators.


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