Another year has gone by and it’s gone so fast that would put Japanese bullet trains to shame. It was a hot and happening year alright and we take a look at what our heroines had to do and who are the movers and shakers in 2017.
2017 was a disastrous year as far as girls in the industry were concerned. None of the heroines in big films with top stars had a well-written role or didn’t have a purpose to be in the narrative. Great injustice was meted out to heroines like Keerthy Suresh in Bhairava, Rakul Preet in Spyder and Theeran Adhihgaram Ondru, Nayanthara in Velaikkaran, Kajal in Vivegam and Mersal, Tamannaah in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, Samantha in Mersal were all props who were underutilized by the directors. And the icing on the cake was when the entire heroine portion from a film (Mehreen Pirzada from Nenjil Thunivirunthal) was chopped off and re-released after three days of release!
If there is one actress who has survived on top for more than a decade and is undoubtedly the Numero uno in our power list for heroines, it has to be Nayanthara. She sure knows how to stay at the top with her right choices of films and mystic nature. She retained her number one position consequently for the fourth year in a row. Her mere presence guarantees hosannas no matter how big or small a project. 2017 will remain a milestone in her career as she graduated into a powerful performer and proved her amazing capabilities as a Lady Superstar who commands an opening and ensures the viability of the project.
Nayanthara has created a new market for heroine-centric films in Tamil. She had three releases-Dora, Aramm and Velaikkaran. She carried Aramm single handedly to the winning post. Her future films are Imaikkaa Nodigal, Colamavu Cokila (Co Co), a psychological thriller with director Arivazhagan and a film with Nivin Pauly in Malayalam.
2017 was a pretty low year for Trisha who didn’t have a single release. But the Queen of south has this uncanny ability of staying on top irrespective of the fate if her films. Her line-up for 2018 is pretty impressive. She has '96' with Vijay Sethupathi, a horror comedy Mohini, Garjanai, Sathuranga Vettai-2 and Hey Jude with Nivin Pauly in Malayalam.
Samantha had just one film Mersal in 2017. Though the film was one of the top grosser in Tamil, Sam did not have much to do. She has Irumbu Thirai, Super Deluxe and a Sivakarthikeyan film with director Ponram in her kitty for this year. Kajal Agarwal had a pretty interesting bundle of work in 2017. But somehow this pretty face in spite of being a part of biggies like Vivegam and Mersal opposite stalwarts like Ajith and Vijay failed to shine in inconspicuous roles.
Keerthy Suresh touted as the next big thing in Kollywood had Bhairava and Pambu Sattai which did not work at the box-office. By sheer force of her forthcoming projects with A- listers, Suriya’s Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and Vikram’s Saamy Square in her kitty and rumours that she is the front runner for Thalapathy-62, Keerthy shines through as the wild card entry.
Tamannaah who was adamant to act only opposite A-listers had a disastrous 2017 with a miniscule role in Baagbubali-2 and the forgettable bit in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan. Her future movies are Sketch for Pongal 2018 followed by a film with Udhayanidhi Stalin and the remake of Queen.
It was lukewarm year for Amala Paul who had just one film Thiruttu Payale where her performance got appreciated but not the film! She has films like Bhaskar Oru Rascal and Ratchasan this year.
Shruti Haasan and Hansika find themselves out of our list this year. Shruti because there is nothing on the anvil right now and she bears the retired tag. She had Singam-3 last year and hasn’t signed any new Tamil films for 2018 and the only movie she has in hand is her dad Kamal’s Sabaash Naidu which is in cold storage for a long time.
Hansika with just one release Bogan last year, suffered some major setbacks after she was continuously seen in few local jewellery ads. She finds stiff competition from new Mumbai girls like Sayyeshaa who are undercutting her and ready to work for half her salary. Now she can regain lost ground with some intense reinvention and yes, that ephemeral touches of luck as she has just two films in 2018 -Gulaebhagavali with Prabhu Deva and a rom-com opposite Atharvaa.
2017 was a promising year for Andrea, who seems to have decided to lean towards serious cinema. She had two critically acclaimed films Taramani and Thupparivalan. Andrea's next two biggies are Kamal Haasan’s long pending Vishwaroopam 2 and Dhanush’s gangster trilogy Vada Chennai.
All that Jyothika did in 2017 was star in her husband Suriya’s Magalir Mattum. The thing with Jo is the sheer force of her unrelenting popularity. Despite the lukewarm effect the film had on the box-office, people lapped her up. She has Bala’s Nachiyaar and Mani Ratnam’s next film.
The two young divas who have enormous potential and are hot favorite among filmmakers are Sai Pallavi and Sayyeshaa. Though Sai Pallavi's debut Tamil film Karu is yet to hit the screens, she already has Suriya- Selvaraghavan project and Dhanush's Maari 2 in the pipeline. Sayyeshaa is simultaneously working on three projects including Vijay Sethupathi’s Junga, Arya's Ghajinikanth and an untitled rural entertainer with Karthi.
Both Sayyeshaa and Sai Pallavi are touted to take Kollywood by storm in 2018. Aditi Balan (Aruvi)and Priya Bhavani Shankar (Meyaatha Maan) are two heroines to to watch out for in 2018.