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The Real Mozhi Of New Madras

These women are subverting what older ­Tamil cinema held as the tacit norm

The Real Mozhi Of New Madras
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The Real Mozhi Of New Madras
outlookindia.com
2019-03-08T18:14:05+05:30

A cursory look at movie posters over the years would serve to show that stereotypes about actresses are as rigid in Tamil cinema as in any other Indian film industry. But, just like in other cinemas, the tough mould has been changing. A few actresses stand out in recent Tamil films by virtue of their range that coincides with a maturing of content.

Aishwarya Rajesh’s filmography tells an interesting tale: her initial films have her flirting with the ‘mom’ image, considered a typecasting trap for ages in cinema. ‘Once a mom, always a mom’ has been the unwritten rule of Indian films. Aishwarya discarded it in style, travelled back in time to play a class 12 cricket-obsessed school girl in 2018, after playing young mother in four films since 2012.

A lateral entry from TV (from a reality dance show), Aishwarya vaulted herself into the hearts of Tamil film-goers as the mother of two slum boys in the award-winning Kaaka Muttai (2014). Virtually living through the shoot in a one-room setup of a Chennai slum, Aishwarya method-acted her...

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