In the last few years, Indian cinema has turned a new leaf and the importance of female leads in movies has become greater and greater. Unlike the whole using the female lead as the prop to get more viewers, movies that depict women’s rights and can be used as role models for the upcoming generation are being made more often now.
Movies with more women-centric stories and feminism have allowed filmmakers to break the mold and create more gender-empowering characters. Here’s a list of the best south movies which feature feminism with inspiring female leads,
- 22 Female Kottayam
22 Female Kottayam, also known as 22FK, is a 2012 Malayalam revenge thriller movie directed by Aashiq Abu. The movie features Fahadh Faasil and Rima Kallingal as the lead and it did well at the box office as well.
The movie shows the story of a 22-year-old nurse who sets out to get revenge on her torturers. The movie has good reviews and an IMDB rating of 7.4. You can watch this movie on MX player.
- 36 Vayadhinile
36 Vayadhinile is a 2015 Tamil comedy-drama movie directed by Rosshan Andrews. The movie has Jyothika as the lead and Rahman, Abhirami, Nassar, Delhi Ganesh, and Siddhartha Basu as supporting characters.
The movie shows the struggle of a 36-year-old woman who is trying to reclaim her lost charm in a patriarchal society. Jyothika received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for this movie. The movie has an IMDB rating of 7 and you can watch it on Prime Video.
Karthik Subbaraj’s directorial Iraivi is a 2016 Tamil crime drama featuring S. J. Surya, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Anjali, and Pooja Devariya in key roles.
The movie shows how the actions of three financially troubled men who attempt to solve their problem by choosing crime, have affected the lives of the ladies close to them. The movie has an IMDB rating of 8 and it is available on Prime Video.
It has an IMDB rating of 8 out of 10 and is available on Prime video.
- Saala Khadoos
Sala Khadoos is a 2016 sports drama movie that was directed by Sudha Kongara. The movie featured R. Madhavan and Ritika Singh in the lead roles and it was shot in both Tamil and Hindi.
The movie showed the story of a former boxer who retires due to the politics in the federation. However, he makes a comeback after he discovers the talent of a fisherwoman and decides to coach her.
This movie has an IMDB rating of 7.6 and it is available on Prime Video.
Uyare is a 2019 Malayalam directed by Manu Ashokan and it features Parvathy Thiruvothu as the lead Pallavi Raveendran.
The movie shows the story of an ambitious girl and her relationship with her father and two co-workers. It shows how Pallavi makes her goal a reality despite all the toxicity she had to face during her hustle.
Uyare has an IMDB rating of 8.2 and it is available on Netflix.