Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Memorable female movie charactors (malayalam)..

I was always fascinated by the depth of the female characters in our I thought my first post will be something about them.
here are the most brilliant female characters, according to me, in Malayalam

5. Ganga/Nagavalli by Shobhana in Manichthratazhu

The only national award winning character in my list and a well deserved one. The brilliance of Shobhana can be underlined by the simple fact that none of the actresses who had done the same role in the remakes (late Soundharya in Aptarakshaka, Vidya Balan in Bhool Bhulaiya and an annoying Jyothika in Chandramukhi) managed to capture the eseence of the character.

The 'vidamatte..' scene will always remain as one of the most thrilling moments..

4. Nandini Thampuratti by Revathi in Kilukkam

Grabbing screen presence when Mohanlal, Jagathy and Thilakan were at their all-time best is not an easy task. But Revathy managed to do exactly that as the eccentric Nandini Thampuratti.
When you think of Kilukkam the antics of Revathy will easily come to your mind along with its outrageously funny moments.

Who can forget the 'angamaliyile pradhanamanthiri' scenes in the hotel..

3. Seema in Avalude Ravukal
"avalude raavukal njan 17 pravashayam kandu"..says a spellbound Dasan in Nadodikattukal.
Same is the case with me :)

Seema might have done 100's of charactors but this will be the role she is best remembered for. A controversial role even by today's standards, Seema chechi charmed the audiances with the brilliant mix of boldness and vulnerability.

2. Clara by Sumalataha in Thoovanathumpikal
"I'm not picky. As long as she's smart, pretty, and sweet, and gentle, and tender, and refined, and lovely, and carefree... " so said Sundance Kid (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), when asked about the woman he wants.

If at all there is any person who satisfies Sundance's requirements, it is Clara. One of the great subtle performance from Sumalatha.

Clara is like rain..always unpredictable..

1. Anappara Achamma by Philomena in Godfather.

Probably the most powerful female role ever in malayalam cinema. I am sure everyone must have noticed the screen presence this lady commanded even while rubbing shoulders with the theater great NN Pillai.

Achamma is shrewd, conniving, manupulative and gracefull while doing all these. It is sad that we wont be able to see another great performance from this great actress.

Honorable Mentions
1. Indira - Geetha in Panchagni
2. Bharghavi - KPAC Lalitha in Amaram
3. Bhadhra - Manju Warrier in Kannezhuthi Pottumthottu


  1. Dude, You missed a big point!. Except the great actress Philomina none of these actresses can live without their dubbing counterparts .... Can u imagine the role of revathy in Kilukkam or Seema in Avalude ravukal without the help of their dubbing artist!. They are great actresses,no offense. But it should be agreed that they cant live in their roles without the powerful dubbing artist as a supporting element behind them... Anyway good post

    1. in kilukkam,first part of film Revathi herself dubbed.

  2. Thank you all..

    @Vinayan - whether the dubbing artists should be given credit for the roles still remains a widely debated issue..
    On a personnel note I do agree that to be complete performer the artists shud dub in her/his voice...

    but here I was just trying to bring out the list of the most memorable or influential female characters in our cinema..

  3. A fantabulous read..Esp the line of Angamaililae Pradhanmanthri and the smart mention of 'annoying Jothika'..The order of ranking is highly debatable but overall a smart compilation

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  5. pls post more characters..its urgent

  6. i wan to do a programme relating women characters in malayalam cinema..pls help more strong cheracters..not only heroines but characters like sethulakshmi did in left right left as indrajith's mother - vattu jayante amma