Meenakshi Sundareshwar: Teaser starring Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani, receives criticism for stereotypes
 
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Meenakshi Sundareshwar: Teaser starring Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani, receives criticism for stereotypes

The Netflix rom-com set in Tamil Nadu revolves around a young couple, dealing with various dimensions of relationship

Megha Mukundan
Oct 14, 2021
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Bollywood often receives flak for its stereotypical narrative of various characters and cultures in its movies. Especially while coming to the depiction of South Indian culture, the Hindi language movies are often slammed for depicting it through a generalised and narrow viewpoint. The recent film to face this is Meenakshi Sundareshwar, which has been facing the fury of audiences since the release of its teaser.

The teaserr of the Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani starrer was released lately, and netizens took to social media to express their displeasure. The trailer showcasing Tamil culture, makes many stereotypical references like all South Indians being Rajinikanth fans, playing kuthu songs (fast beat songs), and all South Indians being vegetarians. 

Many of the audience were enraged by the portrayal and marked their opinions on the comment section and Twitter. One of the users thinks Bollywood making films on South Indians is the same as Hollywood making one on Indians. The other one feels this as stereotyping at its best and slammed against the references which include picturing South Indians as pretentious English speaking people. There are also disappointments for not choosing even one South Indian actor to play the role of a South Indian. 

Meanwhile, the rom-com set in Tamil Nadu revolves around a young couple, dealing with various stages of their relationship, joint family and the uncertainty in a new marriage. Helmed by debutant Vivek Soni, the movie is backed by Karan Johar under his banner of Dharma Entertainment. It is also the digital debut of Abhimanyu Dassani, who rose to fame after Vasan Bala’s 2019 comedy Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The movie is slated to be released on November 5 on the popular OTT platform Netflix.

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