Mollywood can be proud of giving cinemas which are of world standards. Many other film industries look up to Malayalam cinema for the nuances of film making. Subtlety is the unique selling proposition of Malayalam cinema, script and performances come a close second. And always, the actresses of Malayalam cinema can be proud to be a part of the film they choose to do as they get almost an equal screen time and scope for performance as their male counterparts. Unlike other language film industries, Malayalam cinema has always portrayed women beautifully and most importantly they are essayed in a dignified manner (most of the time).
The ladies of the films have also shown what terrific performers they are and had the industry not been a male-driven one, these actresses could have easily carried the films on their shoulders without the aid of their male co-stars. We have had gem of heroines in different eras- the golden age, commercial age, modern age and the millennial age. And these heroines are all proven talents for they are the recipients of either a National Award or a State award for their acting prowess.
And imagine staying in the limelight, at the top, for nearly two decades at a stretch. There is no denying the fact that the women did not have it easy to reign as box office queens, but they did receive their deserved spotlight, thanks to the working style of the industry.
The kind of cinema made evolved over time, the heroines have also bettered and improvised themselves to the changing needs of the industry. And veteran heroines like Sheela, Jayabharathi, Sharada, Seema have made the men swoon over not just their beauty but over their films and performances too. Then came Shobana, Parvathy Jayaram, Urvashi who were at ease with acting, dancing, humor, showing their multi-talents and their range. Though there were other brilliant actresses like Madhavi, Sumalatha, we have picked only those who have worked on a wider spectrum, role-wise.
90s and 2K heroines like Meera Jasmine, Navya, Kavya, Manju Warrier, Samyuktha and Parvathy Thiruvoth, though cannot boast of a huge filmography like their predecessors, stood neck to neck with their seniors in their performances. And since most of the actresses have done numerous films, we have chosen only the films which won them accolades or public appreciation. Here are the 14 versatile heroines of different time-periods who are the pride of the industry.