Even though K-town has evolved in terms of filmmaking. Kollywood industry has been casting women merely as eye candy for years. There are many instances in which women actors have portrayed realistic, independent, and brave characters.
Here are some of the women characters in Tamil films who stood up for themselves.
1) Chellama – Pannaiyarum Padminiyum
Chellama, played by Tulasi, is a loving and bold woman who lives in a village. She protects the one whom she loves and supports him. While she picks up small fights with him. The scene in which she innocently requests Murugesan, played by Vijay Sethupathi, to teach her husband to drive a car captures our hearts.
2) Rudhra – Kodi
Rudhra, played by Trisha, is an ambitious and affectionate girl-next-door. Women in many Indian films are usually shown to give up their dreams for love or for their family. Unconventionally, Rudhra chooses her aspirations and contests in the local body elections against Kodi, played by Dhanush. Although surviving in politics is not easy but she does it effortlessly.
3) Aruvi – Aruvi
Aruvi, played by Aditi Balan, gets kicked out of her house when she tests positive for HIV. Subjected to abuse and harassment, a shattered Aruvi makes a comeback in style through a reality show and questions societal norms. From being daddy’s little girl to growing into an independent woman, we see Aruvi evolving through the film.
4) Althea – Taramani
Althea, played by Andrea Jeremiah, is a fiercely independent single mom, who is the breadwinner of her family. She gracefully accepts her ex-husband’s sexuality and chooses not to out him without his consent despite facing hostile questions from society. She does not consider it her responsibility to deal with men’s insecurities.
5) Anjali – Imaikkaa Nodigal
In this film, Nayanthara plays a CB-CID officer named Anjali who is working on a dangerous case. She is a single mother who is raising her daughter to be confident and bold. Smart and feisty, Anjali cracks the case and finds the murderer.
6) Janaki – 96
Trisha played the role of Janaki in 96, where she meets her childhood sweetheart at their school reunion 20 years after they studied together. Ram and Janaki, played by Vijay Sethupathi, spend a night together talking. Their conversations take us through a rollercoaster of love, regrets, and pain. Straightforward, bold, and honest, Janaki floored the audience, prompting remakes in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi.
7) Bommi – Soorarai Pottru
Bommi aka Sundari, played by Aparna Balamurali, is an independent woman who supports her husband Maara’s dreams but does not give up on hers either. She gives it back to every patriarchal thought thrown her way. When Maara, played by Suriya, says 20 men have rejected her, she retorts that his business ideas were so impractical that 24 banks had refused to loan him money. It has been heartening to see Bommi’s character get a lot of love from viewers.
Who is your favourite character in this list? Do share it in the comments.