Manju Warrier

Where: Asuran, Prathi Poovankozhi

Why: Who says an actress of a certain age only has to play a certain kind of role (where the character ‘discovers herself’ or whatever)? Manju Warrier has disrupted this notion with two portrayals of bold, brave women, who do what’s usually asked of men in the movies. In Vetri Maaran’s Asuran, she brandishes a sickle when attacked. (In that scene, she’s overtly braver than her husband, played by Dhanush.) In Prathi Poovankozhi, she plays a classic vigilante. We want her character to empty herself of all the rage inside her, but we also want this to happen in a reasonably “realistic” manner. Mission accomplished.



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