Note : A bit of an explanation for those alien to Kollywood. Tamil Cinema or Tamil Film Industry (South India) is popularly referred to as ‘Kollywood’. It is known to have a predominant male character usually Macho and unvanquishable and a contrasting trivial female lead character who is generally naive or might I put it ‘Beauty without brains’.
The picture I’m trying to paint here is not unfamiliar to the Kollywood audience. I’m sure you guys relate to it very well. I’m a big fan of Tamil movies and watch literally every movie that releases within the first few days of it’s screening . But the preposterous heroine with her ridiculous dialogues and absurd presence on screen disheartens me. She is a mere puppet to satisfy the unwritten rule that a Kollywood film must definitely have at least five songs (out of which two are shot in ‘irrelevant to the story’ locations – usually abroad) and which have to appear in annoying places to disrupt the flow of the story (That is ,if there is a story in the first place 😉 )!
The heroine is usually introduced with some extra effects ( wind blowing her hair/ seen on the reflection of a glass / an introductory song) for what I don’t understand – Seriously why this hype for a character who is going to brand herself as idiotic in the very next scene . The ‘God on Earth’ hero conveniently uses her stupidity to add value to his already exaggerated character !
The sad plight of these heroines makes me think ‘Is this how our men look at women in their lives’ or ‘Are they going to learn to categorize us as dumb-heads from these movies?’. The worst part is there is actually a huge acceptance to women playing such roles from not only Men but also Women !
Dear talented actresses – Why ? Why ? Why do you take up such roles ? Is that how the system works ? Is it the money ? Or are you hoping one day it’ll change and you wish to hang on until then !