On the heels of high-profile successes of directors, Sudha Kongara - A name that needs no introduction when it comes to filmmaking. Since she donned the director’s cap for Andhra Andagadu (Telugu film) in 2008 and Drohi as in Tamil film in 2010, she has emerged as one of the most-talked directors in town.

But how does society look at her?

Well, people tend to indicate her as a ‘FEMALE DIRECTOR’. Why does gender matter in this profession?

According to Kongara, what is essential is the ability to tell a good story and to do justice to the characters and the emotions involved.

Kongara believes that filmmaking is not about gender but about the individual's skill and ability to tell a story. It was not a piece of cake for Sudha as she faced multiple of opposition from her family members when she was about to venture into the film industry :

You’re a woman. And, you're keen to indulge in the Film industry? You can do it?

A drastic change will only come when there is a significant shift in society's attitudes toward gender roles. Creating opportunities for oneself in a competitive industry like Kollywood requires a lot of hard work, perseverance, and creativity, so Sudha's success is truly commendable.

Recognizing and celebrating women's achievements in the film industry matters both for those thinking about a career in the industry and for society as well. To break down stigma, we need to see more women being celebrated – not in a small-level ceremony but more than that.

As a filmmaker, she also has the power to influence and shape the stories that showed on screen, which is a significant responsibility and a privilege.

Speaking about her success, ‘Soorarai Potru’ is one of the great examples which has proved that gender is not a barrier to soar to greater heights in the film industry. Her talent and hard work have earned her recognition and acclaim, and she hopes that her success will inspire other women to follow their dreams and pursue their passion for filmmaking.

Women tend to face criticism and doubt from multiple levels, including their families and colleagues. At home, they might be told to give up on their careers and focus on family responsibilities, while in the workplace, they may face discrimination and stereotyping based on their gender.

Despite facing setbacks and negative attitudes, she was able to bounce back and achieve success in her field. Indeed, Sudha’s story serves as a reminder of the obstacles faced by women in male-dominated industries and the importance of perseverance and self-belief in achieving success.

Image Credit / Source: South Special , Twist Article , Telangana Today , Times Of India