From KR Vijaya to Nayanthara, here are the South Indian actresses, who have justified playing Goddesses on screen. On Women's Day, we explore how some actresses down South have left viewers brimming with devotion - from KR Vijaya's role as Goddess Shakti in Melmaruvathur Arpudhangal, Ramya Krishnan's Ammoru in Telugu and her character as a village deity in Rajakaliamman to Nayanthara in Mookuthi Amman.
Bengaluru: As Women's Day is celebrated across India, let's take a look at the reel avatar of actresses as Goddesses. Asianet Newsable lists some of the actresses, who have donned the divine role and justified it on screen.
Starting with yesteryear actress KR Vijaya, who has acted in over 500 films, her role as a Goddess in devotional films stands out. Apart from her essaying the role of Goddess Shakti in Melmaruvathur Arpudhangal, her Mariamman avatar in the film Maha Shakti Mariamman will send goosebumps while watching.
The actress has acted in dozens of such films across Tamil and Telugu industry where she is either a devotee or a Goddess.
Actress Ramya Krishnan soon took over with her powerful looks. Her role as Ammoru in Telugu and Rajakali Amman in Tamil stamped her authority for such roles and she soon became a lady superstar. It was reported that in villages of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, many women in the late 90s, after watching Ammoru, were possessed by divine spirit and were taken to temples soon after.
Her prowess drove her to bag the best role as Neelambari in Padaiyappa opposite Rajinikanth. Keeping her record for such powerful roles on track, the actress was roped in by SS Rajamauli to essay Sivagami the queen mother in the masterpiece Baahubali. The dialogue "Na mate Na Shasanam" has been etched in the minds of fans galore.
Now, 35-year-old Nayanthara, who will be playing a divine character in Tamil Film Mookuthi Amman, has already generated a lot of hype.
Nayanthara is seen decked up in a red saree and green blouse, holding the trident, sporting the crown and nose ring. This film marks the directorial debut of actor Balaji, who seems to have done a lot of homework for this project.
The film's poster has created a rage on social media and the flick is all set for a May release.
With her poster as the Goddess in Mookuthi Amman, the Darbar actress has already stunned the audience. Nayanthara seems to have made an indelible mark as the most versatile actress, ready to fit into roles ranging from that of a girl next door to the divine being instilling faith in viewers, and fans.
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