Director A R Murugadoss says actresses are fed movie roles without letting them be free-spirited by tying them down to objects of love and passion. He feels that stereotype has to change and he is trying encourage women to portray villainous roles or hardcore action stars.
“World cinema has always been largely male-oriented and the female is always an accompaniment. From the beginning of time we do not have female centric stories, at least now we should change that and tell stories from a woman’s point of view,” Murugadoss said in a media interview.
“Especially women oriented action films should be made more as the mindset is that she can’t fight, she should be soft, she should not talk back, not speak aloud..” he said.
Murugadoss thinks because of this mindset against women, female actors keep away from action and negative roles. “When cinema displays a strong woman character who fights back, the audience mindset will change. When Olympic medals are achieved only by them with a fighting spirit, they prove that they are not only soft natured but can fight back if a problem arises… the environment now is right for female films,” he said.
Sonakshi, who is known for her portrayal of girl next door kind of roles, will be seen doing hardcore action sequences in “Akira” directed by Murugadoss. And he thinks she has nailed it.
“My only requirement from her to play this role was that her body language for action should be like a hero. And nowhere should people feel that she is acting just for the film. So every hit and kick should be convincing.”
“To my surprise when I see that (action in film) especially in hand combat she oozes with power. Also her advantage is her powerful eyes and look. She has trained with professionals for six months,” he said, – CINEWS