Review of Padosan
I still meet people who think this movie is hilarious. To me, this movie has had only lasting contribution to desi culture- it gave birth to an incorrect and abhorrent stereotype. The South Indian musician that is played by Mehmood is not simply a caricature, it is racist. It is offensive and obnoxious. This character has single-handedly made it okay for North Indians to be blissfully ignorant of their “Madrasi” bretheren while continuing to mock them on the basis of half-baked knowledge. No, my North Indian friend, not all South Indians are “Madrasis”. Not all South Indians say “aiyyo” every three minutes. Not all South Indians speak with a thick accent.
It has taken an entire generation for us to put this offensive caricature behind us. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, for instance, is a sensitive and accurate portrayal of South Indian sensibilities that helps us get past the nonsense perpetuated by Padosan. Thank you, Aparna Sen.
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