American Mappillai is a much lampooned creature in
Tamil cinema and provides a lot of fodder for comedy.
He is usually an affected gentleman with a penchant
for branded clothes or stifling suits worn in the
peak of a tropical summer and of course, a horribly
pretentious accent. His spoken Tamil is enough to
make the ears bleed and his ego is usually the size
of Texas. Obviously the heroine turns her back on
him in favor of the ‘local’ hero who has
already cut him down to size and the America Mappillai
has to return with his tail tucked between his legs
and the hot air pumped out of his ego, though he usually
remains insufferable to the bitter end. This slideshow
is in honor of the American Mappillais who came, saw
and failed to conquer.