Actor Keerthy Suresh won the most coveted National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Mahanati. Is there finally a new wave of Indian cinema?
Actor Keerthy Suresh won the most coveted National Film Award 2019 for Best Actress for her role in Mahanati. Is there finally a new wave of Indian cinema?
Actor Keerthy Suresh saw her most precious win at the 66th National Film Awards for her role in the movie Mahanati. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of actress Savitri in the movie.
The 26-year old actor is known for her roles in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu cinemas.
Since the beginning, Indian movies are known for the dramatic element they hold. Drama with a tinge of comedy and action sequences were the perfect ingredients to hold the attention of movie-goers.
However, it is time for us to shun the extremely dramatic element and look forward to a change that is already taking place.
The term ‘superstar’ is usually associated with men. The portrayal of men has forever overpowered the female characters despite there being some extremely powerful performances by women.
Female characters, like those of a mother or a wife, the ones who hold quite an important role in a family, are reduced to screen appearances. These are used only to enhance and support the hero of the movie.
The time has come when we finally can see a female character who is crucial to the story of the movie. We finally have women who are the title characters in movies!
Keerthy deserves a round of applause for her careful portrayal of the legendary actress Savitri in the Telugu movie Mahanati.
Given the nuances of a biopic, there were several occasions where it could have been overdone; however, Keerthy pulled off the role with such elegance and grace.
More power to the many female leads yet to come!
Picture credits: Screenshot from the movie
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