Twitteratis slam Karan Johar’s Meenakshi Sundareshwar for stereotyping Tamilians

Because of the 'gross stereotyping,' the teaser for Karan Johar's Meenakshi Sundareshwar has sparked a discussion online.

A lot of times when it comes to stereotyped and caricaturish characters who are frequently utilised as punching bags for comedic relief, Bollywood is pointed out. Whether it was the Gujrati mota bhai who only speaks in an incorrect accent or the Punjabi best buddy who can’t stop going balle balle at every other thing, representation was limited to copying and generalising cultures, and we have many examples of this. The South Indian Tamilian, for example, has been subjected to trope-treatment that has limited his or her identity to English-speaking, veg-eating, and Rajinikant-loving Brahmins.

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There is, in fact, another example, according to Twitter. Because of the ‘gross stereotyping,’ the teaser for Karan Johar’s Meenakshi Sundareshwar has sparked the same discussion online. The Netflix film starring Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani is ostensibly about a long-distance relationship in which the protagonist couple falls in love in an arranged marriage, but it’s all tainted when the characters portray tired cliches that we’ve seen a thousand times. There’s even a Thalaiva connection.

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Tamilians, understandably, are fed up with Bollywood’s attempts to pigeonhole them into the same outdated categories, and have resorted to social media to point out the various flaws in the trailer. Take a look for yourself.


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