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‘Ennum Eppozhum’ to ‘Achuvinte Amma’: How single mothers are shown in Malayalam films

MollywoodSingle motherhood has not had a very successful or composite representation in Malayalam cinema.Neelima MenonManju Warrier plays a lawyer who is also a single mother in 'Ennum Eppozhum'It’s been the subject of everything from derision to romanticisation. Motherhood in general. Single motherhood on the other hand has not had a very successful or composite representation in Malayalam cinema. We trace the many representations from early 80s to our very own new wave. Urvashi in the Thulasidas directed Chanchattam (1991) (remake of a K Bhagyaraj film), is a divorcee and a single mother. She walks out of a marriage citing infidelity. Later, she moves to the city with her infant boy and finds employment in a firm that unfortunately has her ex-husband as her boss. Though she is shown as independent, it’s a very grumpy picture you get. Wearing oversized glasses, Yamuna still hasn’t gotten over her husband

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