Male actors have ruled film industries in India for decades, without a doubt. Women have always taken a backseat when it came to helming a project purely on their big crowd-pulling and acting ability. Film industries are all about male superstars and the word superstar is often only associated with male actors, never with female actors. This is not only the case in Bollywood but in south Indian film industries as well. An actor at the age of sixty can romance an actress half his age but if it was the other way round, who will want to see it, eh? Sad but true.

Yes, actresses have been treated differently for years, more focus given to their looks than their acting. However, in the past few years, we can see a change in the way actresses are perceived. With a number of women-oriented movies hitting the big screen and achieving path-breaking success, women have come to play the role of the 'hero'. Bollywood saw some amazing women-centric movies like Neerja (2016), Kahaani (2012), Queen (2014) in these past few years and so did the south cinema. South films like How Old Are You? (2014), Puthiya Niyamam (2016), Amma Kanaku (2016) and many others had female actors playing the lead role. These movies were well-received by audiences and they truly deserve all the success.

With plenty of movies with these lady superstars up this year, we wonder who will emerge to rule 2017 with their splendid performance. Let's have a look at them here:


The diva of south cinema, as she is popularly known, will be looking to create magic at the box office this year too. Her 2015 horror movie Maya saw Nayanthara emerge as the star that she is. In 2016, she did another female-oriented movie titled Puthiya Niyamam. Her performance in the movie was appreciated and the fact that she was not overshadowed by a big star like Mammootty says a lot about Nayanthara's talent as an actor. Having done many blockbuster movies throughout her career, she sure has emerged to be called one of the top actresses of south cinema. The actress has Dora, Imaikkaa Nodigal and Kolaiyuthir Kaalam lined up for 2017 and we can't wait to see what she has in store for us fans!

Nayanthara South Actress - BookMyShow

Manju Warrier

The Mollywood comeback-queen made quite a splash when she came back to the big screen after a 15-year long hiatus. The actress who was at her prime stopped acting soon after she got married, disappointing all her fans. However, the actor in her could not be tamed for a long time and she made an amazing comeback in 2014 with the movie How Old Are You?. The movie turned out to be an instant hit. She later starred in hit movies like Ennum Eppozhum (2015), Vettah (2016) and Karinkunnam 6s (2016). Her upcoming movie is C/O Saira Banu, which promises to be an entertainer. Do you think Manju will rule the year 2017? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Manju Warrier South Actress - BookMyShow


Trisha Krishnan has a number of projects lined up this year, which includes Mohini, 96, Hey Jude, Sathuranga Vettai 2 and many others. The actress has acted in movies of all South Indian languages except Malayalam. Now she is set to debut in Mollywood as well, with the Nivin Pauly starrer Hey Jude and we can't wait to see if the actress will be called the Queen of 2017.

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Amala Paul

The actress who already has a 2017 hit – Hebbuli is hoping to continue this success with her upcoming movies that include Achayans and a yet-to-be-titled film with Vishnu Vishal directed by Ramkumar of Mundaasupatti fame. The actress is known for her superb performance in movies like Amma Kanakku (2016) and Oru Indian Pranayakatha (2013).

Amala Paul South Actress - BookMyShow


Jyothika made a comeback in 2015 with 36 Vayadhinile, the Tamil remake of the movie How Old Are You?. She has two movies lined up so far, which include Naachiyar and Magalir Mattum. Let's wait and watch if she can achieve the same level of success as her previous movies.

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Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah will be back as Avantika in Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion, an epic fantasy drama directed by S.S. Rajamouli. This sequel to the blockbuster Baahubali : The Beginning (2015) is already the most awaited movie of 2017. Let's see if Tamannaah will create a wave again with her role as Avantika on 28th April, 2017 when the film releases.

Tamannaah South Actress - BookMyShow

Who will rule 2017 according to you? Comment below and let us know.