Suffixing the name of the caste to their names has been a long-standing habit with many leading politicians and film personalities in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the self-respect movement started by ‘Thanthai’ EVR Periyar a few decades back, many decided to drop those surnames indicating their caste.
However, the habit appears to have spread to women nowdays. More and more actresses appear to be coming into the industry with their cast names prominently suffixing their names. While many producers and directors don’t pay much attention to this trend, there are a few society-conscious directors and film-makers who have taken exception to this trend.
Even Bala, considered widely by many within and outside the industry to have many reformist thoughts in him, didn’t object to one of heroines in Avan Ivan starring in the film along with the caste name. Janani Iyer is the actress referred to here. She had some volleys to face at the recently held audio-launch of her upcoming film Paagan opposite Srikanth.
Karu Pazhaniyappan, who took part in the audio-launch, made a strong reference to it when his turn to speak came. “What is the need for the film’s heroine Janani to suffix her caste name of ‘Iyer’ to her name? I strongly object to this trend prevalent among many actresses of our generation. The suffix shouldn’t be indicative of one’s caste,” said Pazhaniyappan.