heroine yesterday, midnight masala queen
It’s not uncommon to see old,
decrepit theatres in the down market
area of the city to show seedy type
of movies, usually imported from our
neighbouring states. And mostly the
lead actress would also be the one
known for her specialization for a
particular type of role.
Now there is a new trend of dubbed
versions of Hindi, Telugu and Kannada
movies hitting the theatres.
is nothing new to films with a lot
of prurient content like ‘C
U at 9’, ‘Monalisa’,
‘Southen’, etc doing well
and being lapped by a hungry Tamil
audiences. What is new is that all
these films have actresses who, at
some point of time in their career,
had been a favourite among their fans
for their clean and nice image.
Take Kiran, for example. Her debut
movie was ‘Gemini’, opposite
Vikram, and the banner was AVM. The
movie was a big hit and her next big
ticket to fame was ‘Anbe Sivam’,
a film with top heroes, Madhavan and
where is Kiran now? She is acting
in soft-porns like ‘Souten’
(‘The other woman’) whose
film posters show more of her bare
backside than her face. People say
her topless scene in the movie can
give a complex or two even to established
Malayalam actresses of that genre.
Malavika, the girl who gave hope to
millions of guys like you and me by
declaring that ‘Karupputhan
enakku pidicha kalaru’ was missing
in action for some time and even when
she appeared, it was only for a brief
while, doing some harmless item songs.
is back now and how! The posters of
her ‘C U at 9’ playing
at theatres, display prominently what
is in store for the film viewers.
And her costumes leave nothing to
The latest release doing the rounds
and raising the hackles everyone is
‘Monalisa’, a Kannada
film of Sada, who used to say ‘Poyya
po’ to producers whenever they
used to ask her to be a little more
glamorous. She is said to have been
very comfortable in shedding a few
clothes in the movie.
Ranganathan, Isha Koppikar Kiran, Malavika,
Sada, …the list is growing. Actresses
these days, would rather do any film that
comes their way than sit at home watching
the latest entrants from Malabar stealing
thunder under their very shapely noses.
The objectives are clear, the heroines of
yesterday are prepared to do any film and
at any cost and are least bothered about
their image or their fan following.