There’s been a gradually growing trend in Indian cinema (in particular Tamil cinema) that is rather disturbing.
A trend of men beating their wives or daughters or even mothers on screen, with dialogs saying it’s ok to do that.
I can’t remember this happening in commercial Tamil or Kannada cinema from the sixties, seventies or even eighties, unless the story revolved about domestic abuse. This phenomenon pretty much started some time in the nineties, and has grown. It’s now totally ok for a man to come home and beat up his wife if she disagrees with him. Sometimes, it’s even passed off as “comedy”, but most other times it’s just a “natural” reaction of the lout.
And it’s not just the villain doing this. It could be any “character” role (hero’s still don’t do that), the heroine’s father, or the city police commissioner, or the autodriver. Doesn’t matter. Angry? Just beat the crap out of your wife. It’s your birthright.
Media, especially cinema (even the fantastically unreal “commercial” cinema) does affect society profoundly.
So, why is this ok (or even popular or funny) in the movies?