Spotlight on women [South India]

Udhav Naig – Hindu – Wednesday, 13 November 2013 (originally published 09 Nov)

Actor-director Sri Priya
Sri Priya Image: The Hindu

Despite a web of problems in our society, Tamil cinema has been obsessed with the issue of corruption. But yesteryear actor and director, Sri Priya says that the recent spate of violence against women, was instrumental in her choosing to remake a critically-acclaimed Malayalam film, 22 Female Kottayam, in Tamil titled Malini 22 Palayamkottai.

“This is not an anti-male film,” she says with a disarming smile debunking any preconceived notions about the film. The decision to remake it in Tamil and Telugu, she says, was made after she watched the original in Malayalam. She talks about the catharsis that the film offers to those who are disturbed by the growing instances of violence. “After watching the film, I went ‘Oh yes’…that’s how it should be,” she exclaims at the poetic justice meted out in the film.

At every possible instance, she talks about the message of Malini 22 Palayamkottai, which is that “women should learn to give it back”.  She also rejects the notion that this film is primarily made for women. “I am surprised when people ask me if it is a film for women as if the men aren’t affected by the violence against women” . . .

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