comedians are there in the Tamil industry today? Well, there are a
lot of them. Vadivelu, Vivek, Karunas, Ganja Karuppu, Charlie, Dhamu,
Madan Bop, Chinni Jayanth, Vaiyapuri, Mutthukaalai and all.
How many comediennes are there? Well, we have Aachi Manorama who has
now stopped doing comedy and Kovai Sarala who is getting out of sync
with the younger generation.
The question is why there is a dearth of comediennes.
The actresses who are interested in doing comedy do not want to be
branded as comedienne. They believe that the market for female
comedy actresses is not much. They are in the field for making money
and only the roles of heroines or glamour alone can fetch money.
After Mumtaj paired with Vivek as Omna in a comedy role in Budget
Padmanabhan, offers stopped coming her way even for item numbers.
Maybe this is the reason why Mumtaj said no when there was an offer
for similar role.
When they were looking for a pair for Vadivelu in Imsai Arasan
Irubatthi Moonraam Pulikesi, none of the heroines or second heroines
came forward to accept the role. Finally, they had to tempt Teja
Sree and Nandita with huge cheques into the role.
Similar was the case with Vivek’s Solli Adippaen. It was not such an
easy task getting an actress to pair with comedians.
The girls are ready to pair with heroes, no matter what their market
is but they are unwilling to sign up as comediennes. Sham was a new
face when Simran and Jyothika signed up opposite him in 12B.
Srikanth was a new face when Bhoomika paired up with him in
It is sad that comedy track and comedians take a back seat when it
comes when it comes to analyzing the market factors of a movie.
We hope the trend changes and we find good days for comedy actors.
Somewhere down the line, the industry and the moviegoers still
exhibit a sexist attitude.
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