From Super Deluxe To Ammu, 8 Regional Films That Unmask Social Evils And Redefine Gender Norms

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From Super Deluxe To Ammu, 8 Regional Films That Unmask Social Evils And Redefine Gender Norms

In the dynamic landscape of cinema, regional films are increasingly becoming a powerful medium to challenge and reshape societal norms. Addressing issues related to gender and sexuality, these films provide a modern take on age-old conventions, offering viewers narratives that are both thought-provoking and progressive. Here’s a list of films that have taken bold steps in portraying a contemporary perspective on gender norms and exploring the layers of sexuality. You can give these a watch!

Kaathal (Malayalam | Prime Video)

Directed by Jeo Baby, Kaathal captures hearts with its unconventional narration. The film is known for breaking traditional gender norms by portraying characters that defy societal expectations. Its nuanced approach to love and relationships challenges the conventional narrative, making it a noteworthy addition to the evolving cinema landscape. The film explores the themes of loveless marriage and sexual preferences that play a part in it.


Sancharram (Malayalam)

Directed by Ligy J. Pullappally, Sancharram beautifully unfolds a love story between two women in a conservative village in Kerala. The film not only tackles the challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals but also delves into the complexities of societal expectations, showcasing the resilience of love in the face of adversity.

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Ammu (Malayalam | Prime Video)

Ammu, a Malayalam film provides a fresh perspective on the complexities of human relationships and the role of society in shaping characters. By exploring the intricacies of love and freedom, the film challenges traditional societal issues based on gender roles. The film captures the narrative of abusive marriages and a woman’s journey through it, making the audience rethink the gender roles set out for us.

Super Deluxe (Tamil | Netflix)

Super Deluxe is a mind-bending rollercoaster in the world of Indian cinema. This Tamil film, directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja is like nothing you’ve seen before. It weaves together multiple stories, each more intriguing than the last. From a transgender woman trying to reunite with her family to a group of friends dealing with a surprise discovery, the film dives deep into the complexities of human relationships, gender fluidity and society’s impact on it.


Swathi Mutthina Male Haniye (Kannada | Prime Video)

In the dynamic landscape of regional cinema, Swathi Mutthina Male Haniye stands as a disruptor, boldly challenging societal expectations. It tells the story of a woman dealing with what society thinks she should do, making us think differently. The story beautifully explores the freedom to choose love after marriage and navigate the complexities of infidelity as a means of breaking free from a constraining relationship.


Ayali (Tamil Series | Zee5)

This Tamil web series is a modern-day rebellion against traditional gender roles, daring viewers to confront the messiness of contemporary relationships and choices. The story revolves around a young girl aspiring to be a doctor but is restricted because of the age-old traditions that suppress women in the village and her journey to defy these gender-biased customs to find her way in life. By addressing modern challenges and choices, Ayali resonates with audiences seeking narratives that mirror the complexities of contemporary life.


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Paava Kadhaigal (Tamil | Netflix)

A collection of four short films each by different directors; Paava Kadhaigal is a punch to the gut kind of a series. This Tamil anthology unravels tales of honour, love, and rebellion, smashing through the glass ceiling of rigid gender norms. The short film Thangam directed by Sudha Kongara is the story of a transperson and their journey towards the perception of society and discovering love and comfort along the way.


Chitraganda: The Crowning Wish (Bengali | Prime Video)

Directed by Rituparno Ghosh, the film Chitrangada challenges traditional gender norms by telling the story of a choreographer who confronts issues of gender identity. The film engages with the complexities of self-discovery and societal expectations, making it a poignant contribution to the conversation on gender in Bengali cinema.


These regional films not only challenge traditional norms but also contribute to a more inclusive and progressive cinematic landscape, showcasing the transformative power of storytelling in reshaping societal perceptions. Anything and everything that talks about empowerment, we are here for it!

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