7 Powerful Female Lead Roles In Tollywood, Which Stood Up To Patriarchy Like Bosses

7 Powerful Female Lead Roles In Tollywood, Which Stood Up To Patriarchy Like Bosses

By Srilakshmi Mudunuri6 March, 2021 2 min read
7 Powerful Female Lead Roles In Tollywood, Which Stood Up To Patriarchy Like Bosses

Though we see many leading ladies play the love interest to their partner just dance around the trees in duets, there are also well-made women-oriented movies churned out at regular intervals. We bring to you some of the best women-oriented Telugu movies of all time that have stuck the right chord among the audience and have subsequently turned out to be blockbusters.

Padaharella Vayasu

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This movie is about a 16-year-old girl Malli, who is cheated by a veterinarian and she fights back. Released in 1978, this movie is a remake of Tamil movie titled 16 Vayathinilae, which also has Sridevi in the lead role. The movie is directed by K. Raghavendra Rao.

Pratighatana

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Released in 1985, this Vijayshanti starrer hogged the limelight for its fascinating portrayal of a women’s fight against the corrupt political system. Directed by T. Krishna, this movie proved the box office power of a women-centric movie and paved way for many more female-oriented movies.

Padamati Sandhya Ragam

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Released in 1987, Padamati Sandhya Ragam is about an Indian girl who falls in love with an American boy in the USA. Extensively shot in the USA, this movie is directed by Jandhyala and came as a breath of fresh air. Vijayshanti once again proved her versatility in acting by donning characters of different shades in various movies.

Mouna Poratam

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Loosely based on the real-life story of Sabita Badhei, the protagonist in the movie, Durga, is a tribal girl who fights for the identity of her illegitimate child born out of betrayal from a government officer. This movie was directed by Mohan Gandhi and has won a Silver Nandi award in the Best Feature Film category in the year 1989.

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Osey Ramulamma

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Released in 1997, Osey Ramulamma is written and directed by Dasari Narayana Rao and has Vijayshanti in the lead role. The movie is about a rebellion spurred by a woman from Telangana after being raped and having her parents killed by a feudal lord.

Matru Devo Bhava

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Directed by K. Ajay Kumar, Matru Devo Bhava is about a woman who loses her husband and had to take care of her four children despite being diagnosed with cancer. The movie is a remake of Malayalam movie titled Akashadoothu and is still remembered as one of the finest women-oriented Telugu movies of all time. Madhavi played the lead role and Nassar is seen as her husband.

Arundati

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Anushka, as Arundati and Jejamma, has won laurels for her performance in the movie where she fights against a black magician who wants to kill her. Directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, the movie had good graphic work by Rahul Nambiar. Anushka proved her stamina with this movie which stood as one of the highest grossers in 2009.

Here’s to all the ladies we have known and loved – Happy Women’s Day!

Tags: #Anushka #Arundati #Matru Devo Bhava #Mouna Poratam #Osey Ramulamma #Padaharella Vayasu #Padamati Sandhya Ragam #Pratighatana #Sridevi
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