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Monday, November 28, 2005

Tamil Filmdom

Its not very uncommon to get annoyed with the film industry. I'll talk about Tamil film industry because I watch more tamil films (compared to other languages). I get irritated when I hear dialogues like "Thangacchi alugadha annagaaran naan irukken". Example - Any Vijaykanth movie. Or when I see a man that belongs to the brahmin community being an absolute idiot and talks with a heavy brahminical accent and has a "kudumi". Example - Anniyan. How many times do you see a brahmin youngster sporting a ponytail in real life that too in a city? And a brahmin woman would always wear a 9-yard saree whether or not she is married. In reality, you are very unlikely to come across a 9-yard-saree-clad woman unless she is at least 60+. A bad guy always instructs "Adinga da avana" and has a few dirty looking men at his disposal. A hero has the implicit right to slap a heroine and she would still sport a smile and romance with him. The man in the movie is allowed to have an affair and the wife always forgives him. There is absolutely no role for females in most of the movies. I wonder why most of the directors take the audience for a ride. If all this is not enough, we see female actors giving interviews like "I acted in 3 films that got released on the same day". You watch those movies and you realise that she was just present in those movies to dance with the hero. You get irritated that she used the word "act".
And then I watch some programs that make me smile at the tamil industry and applaud. The recent one being the AIDS awareness program. They did it during Kargil for the dead heroes and then again during the Gujarat earthquake. Now they do it for another great cause. Bravo Film Industry! We can't do with you and we can't do without you. We need you for entertainment, for such causes and very importantly, we need you so we can make fun of you.:-)

9 Comments:

Blogger Ginkgo said...

ah come on..thts double standards..

U want to make fun of the way they make movies.. :-)
and then u complain when they make fun of 'u' in the movies..

btw, that U is general :-)

7:17 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

I don't mind if I am made fun of. Just dont stereotype a character and thrust it down our throats and make us believe thats whats reality.

7:49 PM  
Blogger NaiKutti said...

logic and tamizh movies don't get along well... and if we think of it in another way, we see all those sterotypes (brahmin youngster sporting a ponytail in real life, etc) in common world and the movie tries to portray some of the not-so-common stuff :-)

but entertainment reaches the masses and am glad they conducted the AIDS awareness event..

10:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Dunno if you saw this post on Movie Disclaimers.

:-)

11:20 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

True naikutti.
Mukundan, I've read that post and I had also left a comment.

9:07 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Sorry, pass me some Gingko Biloba please :-)

12:19 PM  
Blogger Rajesh said...

Neengalum veetla SUNTV program patheengala? Naanum paathen. Naanum Ezhudhinen.

http://rajrag.blogspot.com/2005/11/gere-ing-up-against-aids-in-india.html

10:27 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Rajesh, I dont have SUN TV coxn at home but read and heard about the program.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Rajesh said...

Good for you. I am addicted to the mega thodars. Killing me.

3:35 PM  

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