Monday, November 28, 2016

An angst post... post no. 28

If you are someone who watches Malayalam movies, you would agree that apart from the good story line and acting abilities on display  from years together in these movies, another very striking feature of some of the Malayalam movies is the dialogue/s which run down women folk entirely.   In some movies even super stars can be caught delivering mouthful of dialogues absolutely uncalled for towards the dignity of women in general. I do not remember the names of the movies but I have literally cringed on my seat hearing such unabashedly male chauvinistic dialogues.

  At the same time, it is really appreciated that the new generation Malayalam movies are brilliant and they can absolutely stand their grounds in front of some of the master pieces of yester years of Malayalam movies and that too sans reeking of Male Chauvinism.  These movies are as realistic as the simple but effective story telling which once was the forte of Malayalam cinema, it is so heartening to see the same realistic approach, though the simplicity is missing, right fully so because simplicity is a rare commodity in Kerala nowadays…

It is ironical that  Kerala matriarchy hardly exists so to say except in some long forgotten tharavdu (reputed ancestral homes) only, otherwise in reality there is no dearth of people who  applaud such dialogues in a movie theater (at least the majority will). At the same time here in North those who would prefix and suffix profanities of Maa, behen in every sentence they speak still spare these atrocities and profanities at least in the movies, but the new generation Bollywood movies are catching up fast in that department.

The intention of this  post is not to rundown any state and its males or to uphold another but it is totally about being humane, about showing women as respectable in movies South or North  and also about doing the same in real life too.  

 You can definitely say that this post is also my reaction, my angst against the kind of male chauvinistic statements made by this  famous Malayalam actor who got married two days ago to his colleague of many years  … my Malayali friends will understand… 

Disclaimer :  This post does not intend to hurt the feelings of any individual, state or society in general…


  1. Yes - understand. It's pretty this day and age. I pity the women who put up with it (and sometimes enjoy it when it is about another woman, thinking 'avalkku athu thanne venam').

  2. I am great fan of malayalam movies for their simplicity and reality that they portray onscreen. and the new crop of film makers are a certainly a class apart. Many of the newcomers are also the next generation cine artists and others who are pretty new to the industry. This set of people, and the movies they make definitely makes us stop and take notice of them.