are many brilliant comedians in Tamil cinema like
JP Chandrababu, Nagesh, Thengai Srinivasan, Cho, Suruli
Rajan, SV Shekhar, Goundamani, Senthil, Vadivel, Vivek,
and more recently, Santhanam. Looking at this list,
one will be forgiven for thinking that men have come
to monopolize the field and edged out women entirely.
But that is doing great injustice to female comedians
who have excelled in tickling the funny bone and carved
a niche for themselves in an industry where women
have such limited roles to play – the younger
ones are expected to get dolled up and send testosterone
levels soaring or once they have crossed a certain
age dutifully play the sister who gets raped and murdered
or mothers who weep sorrowfully for the camera before
getting killed themselves or watching their son get
killed or daughter raped and weep some more. Surely
it is time to eradicate sexism from Tamil cinema.
Let us take a stand by honoring the top Comedy Queens
of Tamil cinema in order to encourage others to follow
in their footsteps.