Ms Representation: A new year, still some old issues

A new year is usually considered to be the harbinger of new beginnings. Tamil cinema, however, has returned to some old traditions. The theatres are open and full again, and we have brand new releases. But along with the festive cheer, two of the Pongal releases also brought back perhaps the most popular version of woman in Tamil cinema: the Loosu Ponnu™. Save for an errant occurrence here and there (the heroine from Dagaalty comes to mind), this woman seemed to have bid goodbye. This isn’t to say that women roles have always been written with diligence, but at least, they weren’t manic pixie dream girls. Sadly, Bhoomi and Eeswaran bring back this woman back. More strangely, both roles were played by the same actor.

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I don’t have an image trap: Karthi

There is an easy charm to Karthi’s answers. No matter how serious the question, the actor finds a way to lighten the conversation, and often, punctuates it with a laugh or two. However, this doesn’t imply a lack of seriousness, for his answers indicate a thorough understanding of his strengths and weaknesses, and how the industry works.

In this conversation, the actor talks about his need to be challenged, and also his pragmatic approach to experimentation.

Read the full interview at:

https://www.cinemaexpress.com/stories/interviews/2019/feb/17/i-dont-have-an-image-trap-karthi-10146.html

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