Tamil film industry glorifies the stalking of women, activists say

Makers of ‘Kollywood’ movies urged to rethink plotlines rather than depicting the act as an ‘acceptable way to woo a woman’

People watch a film at drive-in cinema in Chennai, southern India
People watch a film at a drive-in cinema in Chennai, southern India. Photograph: Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images

“Never give up on true love,” reads the tagline for Raanjhanaa, a 2013 Bollywood hit starring the Tamil film star Dhanush. Its plot is standard fare, particularly for Kollywood, the Chennai film industry: boy meets girl, falls in love, gets rejected – and pursues her anyway.

But activists in southern India, home to the country’s largest Tamil communities, now argue that plotlines such as Raanjhanaa’s are not just cliched: they are ….

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/22/tamil-film-industry-kollywood-glorifies-stalking-women-activists

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