Weekly feature : Do looks matter? A write-up on a few Tamil films where the lead character had to deal with such issues.
Gopurangal Saivathillai - Suhasini acted as Arakkani, who is considered by everyone including herself as ugly in a matter of fact way. She gets married to the vainpot, Mohan who hates the sight of her to the extent that he marries another woman secretly. The movie shows how Mohan finally sees the inner goodness in Suhasini.
Sollamale - showed Livingston as a simple man who develops an inferiority complex as he is often teased for his plain looks even by his friends. When he meets Kausalya who pities him thinking that he is mute, he goes to great lengths to keep her friendship.
Ponniyin Selvan - had Ravi Krishna acting as a middle class youth whose face is scarred on one side. The scars really bother him & he works hard to save money for a plastic surgery. Ravi comes to terms with himself in the end as he is surrounded by people who love him for who he is.
Perazhagan - Suriya acted as Chinna, who has huge teeth & is hunchback too. Chinna lives his life happily, laughing off insults though it hurts him inside. He falls in love with a visually impaired Jyothika who regains her sight later. His insecurity over his appearance cast doubts if she will accept him but she does, wholeheartedly.
Mugam - an offbeat movie starring Nasser who acts with some sort of disfigured face. He is shunned by all until he finds an old mask which strangely transforms his face into a good looking one. He becomes a huge star after that & the movie goes on to show how much importance people give to looks.
I - featured Vikram as Lingesan, a bodybuilder turned supermodel. His enemies get so jealous that they inject him with a virus which completely deforms him. Lingesan is devastated but his friend & his lover give him hope as they love him no matter how he looks. He carries on with his life after taking revenge in Shankar style.
Sathi Leelavathi - had the late Kalpana acting as a housewife whose husband, Ramesh Arvind no longer finds her attractive and gets into an affair with another woman. Kalpana eventually teaches her husband a good lesson & he realises her worth.