Is Kollywood Unfair Towards its Heroines?

  • 31 May 2018

The career span of a heroine is much shorter than the heroes in Kollywood. Though actresses like Trisha, Nayanthara and Anushka are very popular even after crossing their 'prime', Indian cinema industry is slow in adapting to strong, stand-alone and much older female protagonists. 

Despite giving female-oriented hit films every now and then, the salaries of Kollywood actresses fall short as compared to their male counterparts. Let's take a look at how much the top heroines of Kollywood get paid for every film:

Anushka Shetty: Rs 4 crores
Nayanthara: Rs 3 crores
Samantha Ruth Prabhu: Rs 2 crores
Kajal Aggarwal: Rs 2 crores
Tamannaah: Rs 1.75 crores 
Shruti Hassan: Rs 1 crore
Trisha Krishnan: Rs 1 crore
Hansika Motwani: Rs 80 lacs
Amala Paul: Rs 70 lacs
Keerthy Suresh: Rs 60 lacs

The lowest salary in the top paid Kollywood actors' list is the highest salary in the actresses' list. Not really shocking given that until recently, heroines were treated as love subjects of top heroes and some are in the films only to fill the glamour quota. Milky beauties from the North always score a lot of films at the start of their career.

We can't blame the directors or producers entirely. How often the audience give entire support for good films instead of masala flicks by their favourite heroes? 

It's a common practice among fans to glorify their heroes and their films. Some even go to the extent of pouring milk on their posters as 'abhisegam'.

Tickets are COMPLETELY sold for the first few days. Everyone is excited and can't wait to catch the movie. Even if the movie turns out to be average, the fever continues. If the Tamil audience continues to support average film only because of their love and devotion for the actors or heroes, we will lose originality and true talent in the industry.

Directors and producers are not ready to gamble with good stories when they can just have heroes with a large fan following in their movies. Female lead films are even more scorned as their fans are relatively small compared to actors. 

But this mentality needs change! If we actually take a look at some of the blockbuster hits, performances by actresses were more appreciated than the main character. Padayappa's Neelambari, Bahubali's Devasena, Paruthiveeran's Muthazhagu, Kannathil Muthamittaal's Shyama, Mozhi's Archana and many other roles stayed with us after watching the movie.

Yes, we can tune ourselves to accept actresses in better roles that are important for the storyline instead of glamourous item numbers. Our movies should focus on the issues and life of women from various walks of life.

There is so much to explore in the complexity of being a woman and more than that, the one question that always pricks us is that the same people who worship female goddesses in holy temples are reluctant to see females as heroes in movies.

What's your answer to that? Share with us!
Recently released Nadigaiyar Thilagam is a great example of how films with a good story and a few talented actresses can actually make a big impact. Here's what we think about the movie: Is Savitri's Biopic 'Nadigaiyar Thilagam' Based On Gossip Or Reality?

Source: Tamil Traffic
Photo Credit: Feedyeti, Ayngaran, Galli News, The Indian Express, Imgpic & Deccan Chronicle 


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