Tamil cinema is facing an acute heroine shortage, and all top production houses are looking for new faces to be cast opposite big heroes. AR Murgadoss is yet to firm up his heroine for his Vijay project which will start rolling in January.
STR is shooting for his home production with Pandiraj as director without a heroine and the second schedule can start only after the heroine is finalised!
Says a top director, who is starting a big hero film: "There's a real shortage of girls in the industry today. There is literally no new talent who can act, dance and look glamorous on screen. She should have charisma and a halo around her to carry the show. ”
A casting agent confessed “ A new breed of actresses have sprouted who after initially doing a few films are more interested in making a fast buck through event appearances and ribbon cutting. And actresses who come after doing itsy-bitsy roles in Hindi films are keener to go back and become heroines opposite little known stars in Bollywood.”
And due to extreme shortage of heroines, nowadays the secretaries or managers of little-known actresses are asking for unheard of salaries, which make budget go haywire. At the moment there is no red hot young girl who can take the market by storm.
Meanwhile Nazriya Nasim touted as the next big thing looked promising, but turned infamous for dragging her director and producer to police station for using a body-double for a mid-riff scene in a song! Now nobody including top stars wants to be associated with her. The grapevine has it that she has been dropped from AR Murgadoss’s new film, due to her troublesome reputation.
A top production house in south that was on the verge of signing Nazriya for a biggie opposite a Telugu superstar backed out after her recent interviews in which she openly admitted that she will not show glamour. Remember that heroines in Telugu biggies are always been glam-girls who are perfect eye-candy to audiences.
Shruti Haasan is not keen on Tamil films where her father is still a well-known hero and is concentrating more on Telugu and Hindi projects. Recently, when her name was tossed by his director, a young hero was not too keen to be paired with her.
Priya Anand is the current flavour after Ethir Neechal and Vanakkam Chennai, but needs to move up the ladder and be paired opposite big heroes.
Amala Paul and Hansika seem to be waiting to sign a project opposite a big hero and are in no hurry. Samantha is considered “unlucky” in Tamil though she has been signed opposite Suriya in his new Lingusamy directed films. And filmmakers find Andrea too mature; Lakshmi Menon and Sri Divya fitting into only homely roles, Anjali a ‘controversial queen’ and girls like Bindu Madhavi, Karthika or Oviya having few takers.
Gautham Menon’s next two films with Silambarasan and Ajith is slated to go on floors in the coming months, he is still hunting for heroines.
Top actors in Tamil like Ajith, Vijay, Suriya, Vikram who have done more than one film with Trisha, Nayanthara, Anushka, Kajal Aggarwal,Tamannaah are not too keen as the pairing has become stale and they are on the look-out for fresh faces. All top directors and their agents are scouting for saleable heroines to be paired opposite popular stars.
According to K-Town buzz, director Shankar preferred to scout for fresh talent for his film Ai opposite Vikram and some leading names were tossed around for the role. But the hit maker who takes a long time to complete his films, apparently detested 'begging' the busy leading actresses to do his film and wait for their dates and instead zeroed in on Amy Jackson who gave him bulk dates.
Director KV Anand is making his next film with Dhanush but after a long search flew to Mumbai and signed on a newbie Amyra Dastur to do the female lead. In fact scriptwriters are given clear instruction to avoid two or three-heroine subjects as it’s difficult to get saleable stars on board.
As G Dhananjayan, UTV south chief says: “ I agree there are not enough heroines compared to the number of heroes emerging in Tamil cinema. But let me tell you the new breed of heroines are not going to last like the Nayanthara’s and Trisha’s who has survived for more than a decade. And why do film makers run after glam girls alone? Even in past, good-looking girls with homely looks and talent have reached the top and I am sure a new set of girls will take over Tamil cinema soon.”
By Sridevi Sreedhar