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Are moms of heroines meddling in Tollywood?

Monday, April 22, 2024 • Tamil Comments
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In China, "Tiger Moms" are revered for pushing their children to excel and achieve Olympic success. However, in the South Indian film industry, particularly Tollywood and Kollywood, there exists another breed of "Tiger Moms" the mothers of young film heroines. These mothers have been a fixture in the industry for years, accompanying their daughters as they ventured from conservative households into the world of stardom.

In the past, when actresses were often treated poorly on film sets, these star mothers played a prominent role, sometimes to the point of over-interference and friction with the heroes. They would involve themselves in everything from selecting makeup artists to managing food arrangements and vanity vans, often rivaling the tantrums of the star heroes. This interference led to comical portrayals in films like Krishna Vamsi's "Khadgam."

However, with the modernization of the film industry, many actresses have opted for professional management, including hiring secretaries, managers, costume designers, and makeup artists. Actresses like Kajal Aggarwal, Shriya Saran, Trisha Krishnan, Rakul Preet Singh, and Rashmika Mandanna have embraced a professional approach to their careers, devoid of indulgences from their mothers.

On the contrary, actresses whose mothers continue to meddle in their careers often face challenges. These interfering mothers irritate everyone from producers to directors with their irrational demands, leading to strained relationships and lost opportunities. Many promising careers have been cut short due to the interference of these mothers, who dictate everything from wardrobe choices to dialogues and scenes.

While it's natural for mothers to be protective, excessive involvement in the creative process and promotional activities can be detrimental. Production houses and directors prefer working with actresses who are in sync with the team and have professional management. The film industry values maturity and understanding, and meddling mothers who cling to outdated views on filmmaking are often seen as hindrances.

Similar challenges are faced in the US, where mothers who micromanage their daughters' careers are often viewed unfavorably. Society has evolved to prioritize independence and professionalism, making it challenging to work with actresses who are unable to handle their own affairs without parental intervention.

In conclusion, while maternal support is valuable, it's essential for mothers to adapt to the changing times and allow their daughters to manage their careers independently. The film industry thrives on professionalism and collaboration, and excessive interference from mothers only disrupts the creative process and hampers the success of aspiring actresses.

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