Dimensions of Women Empowerment : Analysing the shift from Matriarchy to Patriarchy in the movie 'Ozhimuri' (2012).
Directed by Madhupal, the Malayalam film 'Ozhimuri'(2012) projects the story that is embedded in the matrilineal system that prevailed in the Nair community in the erstwhile southern Travancore. The movie unfolds the complexities involved in the shift from matriarchy to patriarchy. A parallel is drawn between the powerful mother in law Kaali Pillai and the submissive daughter in law, Meenakshiamma. They are the representatives of two different worlds. The liberty that the women enjoyed in the matrilineal system is contrasted with their struggle for existence in Patriarchy. The movie projects two types of empowered women. Kaali Pillai belongs to the first category where her power comes from wealth and culturally given position. Different to that, Meenakshiamma attains empowerment through her struggle filled experience. To execute her power she has to come out of the institution of marriage. This paper attempts to appraise the empowerment of the two women characters, Kaali Pillai and Meenakshiamma by exploring their story as it is projected in the movie.