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Bang on! The convenient stereotyping of women into two totally contrasting categories in traditional tamil culture - "aavadhum pennale azhivadhum pennale" (it is the woman who creates as well as destroys) - has been long accepted without a thought. it is pretty much ingrained in the subconscious of every man, woman and child who goes to see these tamil films you have analyzed. so, it is equally easy to project the female lead as a sacrificing martyr who deserves all the love and patronizing from the male characters or as a power hungry monster who gets corrected and tamed by the man, of course. all other variations of the tamil cinema heroine are created within these two broad blue prints.

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