Why no women-centric films in the south?

The first quarter of 2014 has witnessed four women-centric films or ones with a strong female lead come out of Bollywood. This is probably the first time in Indian cinema so many such films have released within a very short span of time. These films have been the following – Highway, Hasee Toh Phasee, Queen and Gulaab Gang, which were critically and commercially successful as well.

On the contrary, our southern film industry, which produces more films than Bollywood every year, is restricting from making films with women in the lead roles. The last most popular film with a woman lead was Arundhati. Since then, there haven’t any noteworthy southern film with a strong woman lead. There were a few films such as 22 Female Kottayam and Aarohanam, but unfortunately this number to limited just a handful. Even after the success of Arundhati, we didn’t see the release of women-centric films.

I wonder why our Telugu industry has been ignoring the fact that a successful film can also be produced using a female lead. And we don’t always need male superstars to guarantee success, because even several films starring them bombed at the box-office.