Gone are the days when female protagonists were usually limited to ‘beautiful’ roles or cinematically referred to as the glamour quotient. As most star heroes in recent times are taking to playing soft antagonist roles, in a new trend even actresses are showing what they are capable of when it comes to playing the reel baddie on the screen. While there have been films like Dandupalya which was an inspiration of real crime incidents, films like Megha alias Maggi and MMCH focused on actresses for their unusual anti avatars. Bengaluru Chronicle reports on the recent trend of the bad and bold women on big screen.
While, the antagonists' role has always been a supporting one, and is played by women who heavily focus on negativity, or even as vamps on the big screen, it is very rare for an actress to portray such a role in the lead capacity. Actress Sukrutha Wagle, who is remembered for her stunning performance in Jatta returns with a much bolder and villainous role in Megha alias Maggi directed by debutant Vishal Puttanna.
“Such roles for actresses in the lead are a blessing in disguise as it allows us to test our skills. I started my career with Jatta wherein I played an antagonist, and the ordinary audience hated me for it, while it was critically appreciated. I also love to portray the so-called glamorous role, as such bold and odd roles and their characterisations allow me to take on new challenges. For this new one, I had to smoke, ride a bike and even walk like a man,” says Sukrutha.
Of late, seeing star heroes playing the soft antagonists' avatar, even Megha alias Maggi is on the same lines but with a female-centric subject involving beginners. The credit goes to the director who has taken the risk in an attempt to convince the audience that he has done something different with a style of his own. “I won’t say that it’s an awesome and marvellous venture but a bold venture in every aspect, and I hope that it will make the audience appreciate it,” she adds.
Star actresses like Malashree were shown in bold avatars before as well. In Malashree’s case, it was more an action avatar.
Actress Meghana Raj, who plays a similar bold role for her upcoming film MMCH, recently said at the audio launch, “When the director approached me with a role about four female protagonists in an unusual role, I was sceptical but my mother and I both liked the story and narration, instantly. But, whether it was possible to make such a film was the big question. The film MMCH was challenging, with four females playing the lead in hatke roles.”
Actress Samyukta Hornad who plays one of the four protagonists, shares her experience while shooting for the film. “When shooting for the film, I liked punching a few men (for a change). I enjoyed it so much that I continued that even after I was done with the shot!” she smiles.ng for.