Telugu cinema has risen beyond boundaries with Baahubali surpassing all previously known records of Indian Cinema. Our place in the global cine front is now clear and more vocal. A notion that Telugu cinema has only powerful men has been broken with characters like Devasena and Sivagami in Bahubali( essayed by Anushka Shetty and Ramya Krishnan), Chitra in Pelli Choopulu(played by Ritu Varma) and others.
With women-oriented scripts, filmmakers are exploring a different side of cinema and bringing important issues like Gender equality to the forefront.
2018 holds promise in the form of female-oriented movies that are to be released. Take a look at the best of the lot that is to be released soon below.
1. Bhaagamathie: Featuring Anushka Shetty as an IAS officer named Chanchala and her tryst with destiny, it is a politically based fantasy movie. Popular actors like Unni Mukundan, Asha Sarath, Jayaram are playing vital roles in the film. It is a niche film that has elements like horror, fantasy, social cause and a romantic angle. Being Anushka’s first outing after the Bahubali series, and backed by UV Creations, the expectations on this are enormous.
2. Mahanati: Mahanati is the official biopic of acting legend Savitri Garu who is one of the fondest actors in Telugu cinema.With a stellar cast like Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salman, Vijay Devarakonda, Samantha and Mohan Babu, Mahanati is a biopic of the actress. The film by Nag Ashwin is getting made as a bilingual in Telugu, and Tamil.
3. Kanam: Kanam is bilingual with Sai Pallavi and Naga Shourya in lead roles. Its innovative concept has grabbed eyeballs. It is expected to be an emotionally based film that runs on sentiment. Sai Pallavi who is so far seen as a bubbly girl goes for a makeover with a performance-oriented role which is going to be the highlight.
4. Queen remake: The Bollywood blockbuster Queen which had the feisty Kangana Ranaut is set to come to South with multiple heroines playing the role of Rani. Amit Trivedi is the music composer and it is being made in all 4 South Indian languages. Tamannah plays the lead in Telugu version whereas Kajal, Parul Yadav, and Manjima do the honor in other Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam respectively.
5. Nayantara’s Bilingual: Called Kolaiyuthir Kaalam in Tamil, the movie is a mystery thriller with a very touching plot just like all the recent Nayantara solo lead movies. Yuvan Shankar Raja is the music director, and it is expected to show Nayantara’s prowess as an actor.
While many more films have heroines with well-etched roles, these are eagerly expected by movie lovers and fans. There needs to be an overhauling of the kind of characters that are written for women. Good character arcs for women is highly appreciated by all sections of the audience, and more often than not they are most memorable films as well.