8 outstanding female filmmakers in Malayalam film industry
Film industry is one such industry, which is male dominating. The number of female filmmakers is a few when comparing it with the male filmmakers. However, many female filmmakers marked their name in the history of world cinema. Here is the list of female directors who directed Malayalam movies.
1. Anjali Menon
Anjali Menon is one of the famous scriptwriter and director in Malayalam film industry. She began her career as a director with the much-acclaimed short film Happy Journey, which is a part of the movie Kerala Café. Later she directed acclaimed movies such as Manjadikuru, Bangalore Days. Anjali Menon also writes the script of the super hit movie Ustad Hotel.
Veteran actress Sheela, who holds the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films with Prem Nazir as pair has directed two Malayalam films, Yakshagaanam starring Madhu and Sikharangal starring Jayan. She has also directed a telefilm Ninaivukale Neengividu starring Jayabharathi.
3. Geethu Mohandas
Popular actress Geethu Mohandas, spouse of cinematographer Rajeev Ravi, is not only an actress but also a director. She began her career as a director with the short film Kelkkunnundo, which was released in 2009. Later has directed a Bollywood movie named Liar’s Dice. Liar’s Dice was India's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Oscar awards.
Veteran actress Revathi has directed movies in three different languages, Malayalam, English and Hindi. She has directed Makal segment of the Malayalam anthology film Kerala cafe. Her English movie Mitr, My Friend won national film award for best feature film in English. Later she has directed a short film titled as Red Building Where the Sun Sets.
5. Sreebala K Menon
Award winning writer Sreebala K Menon is a filmmaker too. She won the Kerala Sahitya Academy award for Best Humour writing for her book 19, Canal Road. She has directed the Dileep starrer Love 24x7 and it was a hit at the box office. Journey from Darkness to Light and Panthibhojanam are the short films directed by her.
6. Shalini Usha Nair
The critically acclaimed movie Akam starring Fahadh Faasil and Anumol was written and directed by Shalini Usha Nair. The movie is the adaptation Malayattoor Ramakrishnan's famous novel Yakshi. Akam was screened at many film festivals including Dubai International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Kerala.
7. Revathy S Varmha
Revathy S Varmha is a famous ad filmmaker and film director. She debuted as a film director with the Tamil movie June R. After that, she directed two Telugu film. She also remade June R into Hindi as Aap Ke Liye Hum .She has directed a Sri Lankan film too. Later she has directed Malayalam movie Maad Dad starring Lal and Nazriya Nazim.
8. Roshni Dinaker
Award winning costume designer Roshni Dinaker is all set to debut as a director with the Malayalam movie titled as My Story starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy in lead roles. The movie is scripted by Shanker Ramakrishnan and produced by herself. The shooting of the movie is currently progressing in Portugal.