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‘Stereotyping At It’s Worst’! Tamilians Are Not Happy With Teaser Of Karan Johar’s ‘Meenakshi Sundareshwar’


Bollywood is notorious when it comes to stereotypical and caricaturish characters that are often used as punching bags for comic relief. Be it the Gujrati mota bhai who only talks in an inaccurate accent to the Punjabi best friend who can’t help but go balle balle at every alternate thing; representation was confined to mimicking and generalizing cultures and we have more than a few examples of the same. Among others, the South Indian Tamilian has also borne the brunt of trope-treatment that has reduced his/her/their identity to English-speaking, veg-eating and Rajinikant-loving Brahmins.

In fact, according to Twitter, there’s another example at hand. The teaser of Karan Johar’s Meenakshi Sundareshwar just dropped and it has stirred the same debate online because of the ‘gross stereotyping’. The Netflix film that stars Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani apparently is about a long-distance romance where the lead pair finds love in an arranged marriage set-up but all of it is shadowed when the characters depict the age-old tropes that we have seen a few hundred times. Including a Thalaiva connect.

Needless to say, Tamilians have had it with Bollywood trying to box them in the same tired brackets and have taken to social media to point out the many things wrong with the teaser. See for yourself.

Now, one can hope that the film fares better when the trailer drops eventually making way of the film. Meanwhile, Meenakshi Sundareshwar will mark the digital debut of Dassani of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and the directorial debut of Vivek Soni who has also co-written the film with Aarsh Vora. Produced by Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment, Meenakshi Sundareshwar is all set to release on Netflix on November 5.

Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India


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