Dora, an upcoming horror film will hit theatres this Friday. Apart from it being a horror film and being directed by a debutante, Doss Ramaswamy, one of movie’s biggest attractions of this film is the lead hero – Nayanthara. She has already dabbled with the horror genre before with Maya, this will be her second venture in the genre. In the last two-years, the actor has moved from movie to movie assuring box office success, along with showcasing talent and style. Today, her name holds weight beyond the boundaries of gender. That’s why to us, she is NOT the Queen but the hero. We have our reasons, check them out:

Box office king – In the last two years, she has had a midas touch when it comes to BO. Last year, she had six releases – Puthiya Niyamam, Idha Namma Aalu, Iru Mugan, Thirunaal, Kaashmora and each of them opened to positive reviews. Her presence is an added advantage for filmmakers today, because she bring with her the assured stamp of commercial success. In fact even when she tried out the unconventional horror genre with Maya, she came out successful.

Central Characters – Gone are those days when Nayanthara would  play a supporting actor to the lead actor. Today, she is the lead actor. In 2017, 4 out of five projects will have her play women centric roles  – Kolaiyuthir Kaalam, Dora, Aramm, Imaikka Nodigal. She is a true hero defined. Also Read: Aramm first look: Nayanthara’s deglam look is making us curious about her 55th film

Style statements – She is not only known for her performances but also for her chic style statements. She is known to mould herself according to film. In Iru Mugan, we saw her don leather pants, but in Thirunaal, she went in for a traditional look as she was playing a teacher of a rural area. In Kaashmora, she looked exquisite as the Queen. Now for her latest film Dora, she has gone in for a de-glam look and pulls it off, just as well.

The mysterious factor – As Sreedhar Pillai puts it, in the last two years she has re branded herself such that – she stays away from film promotions, doesn’t engage in any kind of media interactions. This hard-to-get attitude has clearly worked to the actor’s advantage.

Experimenting – She is for collaborating with new directors, chaisng new ideas and  concepts. Her upcoming film Dora will mark the debut of Doss Ramaswamy. As per reports by Sreedhar Pillai, when she likes a script, she goes ahead with it, collaborates with a producer who will help with the budget and salary. She had also previously collaborated with Vignesh Shivan for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan which happened to be just his second film. She was also part of Iru Mugan that directed by Anand Shankar, another new comer. She is not only teaming up with newer directors but also new co-stars. Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi, Siva Karthikeyan, Vijay Sethupathi are examples. It’s no longer about collaborating with veteran filmmakers for this hero. Instead she paves the way for fresh concepts and upcoming directors and fresh pairings.

Interestingly, she is clashing with her Naanum RowdyaDhaan co-star Vijay Sethupathi this Friday, as his film Kavan finally hits theatres. To be fair, he has had a great 2016 as well. So who will emerge the winner in this box office battle? Whose midas touch will continue to hold out? We will find out soon!