Women have probably never had it this good in the hugely misogynistic landscape of Tamil cinema. And backing them up is a new batch of young filmmakers.
From Prakash Raj to Kausalya Shankar, several individuals and organisations raised their voices against the state and status quo.
“Those who criticise and question power are being brutally silenced today. To accept an award from this government will be a betrayal of his writings and the kind of life he led”.
Activists say that by handing out death sentences to six accused in the killing of a Dalit man, a Tamil Nadu court has sent out a strong message to apologists of caste in the state.
While action was earlier taken at the behest of top leaders, activists allege that the bureaucracy and police are now acting on their own whims.
Until recently, parai was an instrument almost always played during funeral processions – and always performed only by Dalits.
Despite playing a crucial role in food production, women are often not considered to be farmers because, in India, the legal recognition is derived from land ownership.