It seems that two actresses are looking to direct films in Kollywood! Recently it has been announced that veteran actress Ambika has donned the director’s hat for a POV film (Point of View) titled "Nizhal" in Tamil and "Anabella" in Malayalam. POV is when the stars hold the camera and shoot the film from their perspective. She is jointly directing this film with Malayalam actor Suresh.
Actress Chaya Singh who made it big with the song "Manmadha Rasa" opposite Dhanush has shown interest in directing too and is planning to become one very soon!
Of course, a woman sitting in the director’s chair isn’t something new to the industry, as there are some hugely successful female directors in South India.
Director Maniratnam’s wife, Suhasini Maniratnam has acted in nearly 50 films in various languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. She then took on the role as director in 1995 with the hit film "Indira" that starred her cousin Anu Hasan Graham, who is also the niece of Ulaganayagan Kamal Hassan.
Assisting her in directing the film was V. Priya, another Tamil director who assisted Mani Ratnam and Suhasini for many years in their films. V. Priya made her debut as director with the film "Kanda Naal Mudhal" which was a musical hit by Yuvan Shankar Raja. She then followed it up with "Kannamoochi Yenada" which was another hit starring Prithviraj and Sathyaraj with music by Yuvan again.
Actress Revathy also made it big with her direction; her debut film "Mitr, My Friend" won a National Film Award for Best Feature film in English, and she brought us Hindi films "Phir Milenge," and "Mumbai Cutting."
For our Throwback Thursday this week, I’ve chosen a song from Suhasini Maniratnam’s 1995 Tamil film "Indira" which received two Tamil Nadu State Film awards. With music scored by music wizard A. R. Rahman, this track has vocals by SP Balasubramanyam and Chitra.
Have a look below and see what song it is!
Nish Raj is an avid music and movie fan based in London. He’s also a musician who specialises in percussion of all types, and he claims to be able to make beats out of "nearly anything". We’re yet to test his skills on this…