2 states and the madrasi myth.

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    2 states was one of the first few books by an Indian author that I fell in love with. After all the hype that was created for the movie, I wanted to watch it too. Hence, I did watch it, not once but twice. (The second time was on compulsion and oh yes the popcorn at the sathyam cinemas that I can never say no to).

    Bollywood never seems to get over the Madrasi myth,which can be exasperating every time you find how tamilians are potrayed in movies. It was Chennai Express at first which confused the Malayalis with tamilians  and showed us the land with hairy goons sharpening huge knives, the grumpy father and a heroine with a horrible accent which no tamil girl ever possesses. These movies have created  Mythical tamilians aka Madarasis, stereotypical Tamilians, who exists only in the filmy world.

 
    Being a Chennaite,2 states had me in splits. I laughed at the insane assumptions being made about Chennai and the people of Chennai.

1.The moment Krish lands at the Chennai airport he takes an auto-rickshaw to Pattinampakkam. The auto driver takes him to Chennai Central and they're suddenly in Pondicherry. Like,seriously?

This place my dear, isn't Chennai!

  2. An auto ride from Mylapore to Pattinampakkam costs 200 bucks? That guy could have rather walked home. Oh wait, he lives in Pondicherry right? Is there a pattinampakkam in Pondicherry? I am confused now. :/

3. Tamil women are not always seen in silk sarees. Also they dont wear flowers around their hair tied in a huge bun. Dude seriously who dresses up in a silk saree to a flower market, only if you're willing to get robbed.

4. I've been to the Chennai Airport, but I've never seen grumpy faced uncles in pattu veshties waiting at the counters. I've only seen dads dressed up during the marriages and other special occasions.But, Who goes to the airport like that these days?

5. A traditional TamBrahm wedding without Maamis wearing madisars is quite disappointing. I know looking for this in a Bollywood movie is stupidity, but that's what we read in the book right? A typical Tambrahm wedding , a shirtless groom who wears mickey mouse boxers inside his veshti being rediculed by the kids.
    
        These are the few flaws I found in this movie. Even though the movie is slow and kind of boring, there are a few things that I fell in love with, Alia's costumes(exclude those very bright silk sarees she wore) and her shoes,though she did not look TamBrahm enough for me. Her hostel room is to die for.Also Arjun Kapoor is hot.

     Final verdict: I think the attempts of potraying Chennai in bolly style has failed. Also it lacked the glitter and awesomeness that 3 idiots had.Maybe Film makers really have to live at some place before they try to create stupid stereotypes which do not exist in reality. 

         I really find it annoying when people give cheap glances and pass racist comments at south Indians. Being dark skinned isn't a sin, being a racist is a sin. Finally, we're all classified as Indians not Punjabis or Tamilians.

    P.s. this post shows my heights of joblessness. 

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19 comments

  1. totally agree!!!!!

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    1. ya! me too! same mind voice here!

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  2. guys.. its just a movie! lets not b melodramatic! y do madarasis take evrythn so seriously?

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    2. Maybe it's just because we aren't called madrasis for one and maybe also due to the fact that we have had enough with this stupid stereotyping of south Indians with the madrasi term which is ridiculous

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  3. Its becoming a stereotype! Thats why! More of an exaggeration

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    1. It's already a stereotype, more of a myth. And yeah the exaggeration and the stupid racist jokes makes us laugh, not with the movie but at the movie.It's totally annoying.

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  4. Interesting. So glad to find your blog and "meet" you. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Sylvia. :)

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  5. I think this post needs to be read by everyone. More than movie makers, it is the junta which laps all flaws and frills, equally, from Bolly movies. Only to, alas, perpetuate those myths in the form of jokes, jibes and even innocent costume dressing.
    Very well done!

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    1. I feel that film makers are still ignorant about the various cultures of people in their own country. Making folly jokes and racist comments in a movie isn't really cool.
      Thank you for stopping by Sakshi. :)

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  6. Bollywood! Can't even try to find sense in there.
    As for the colour discrimination, I think you should read this: http://antahkaran.in/news_detail.php?id=22

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  7. Madrasi was the common term for all Sounth Indian states. I remember the 1st standard students look down upon me for being a Madrasi and the way they made faces when I said we used coconut oil for cooking.
    It is true that most Bollywood movies show South- Indians in a poor light and the also accent used. Previously, Malayalam movies were synonymous with sex and nudity. Recently, a Malayalam comedienne received the National Award. These days Malayalam movies have caught the interest of all and even being remade in Hindi.

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    1. It's everywhere. I find the discrimination in movies and also in soap operas :| this should not be happening, movies are meant to be educational, its not supposed to encourage people to trigger any sort of a discrimination.

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  8. Sounds like they needed a good drama turg (sp) to make sure their historical perspective and clothing were appropriate. Road tripping through a-z...fully gased.

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  9. Interesting. Visiting from the A-Z challenge. Glad I came by. :)

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  10. This post should be circulated to filmmakers across the country.

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  11. very gud flow yo hav n tiz context.
    potrayed our feelings exactly :)

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