The movie - Caravan ( not to forget the Dilbar song with Aruna Irani) romanticized them. We have also had Kollywood use them:
- Khusboo's tribe in Swayamvaram ( the movie was shot in 24 hrs I think)
- Jooth ley Jooth ley, lambaadi paat ley ( love the tune, not sure about the lyrics or movie)
Have you ever noticed how beautiful those women are : in their gher- waale skirts, swishing about as they walk and backless cholis and large bracelets. A little bit of soap and shampoo and they could give the sultry sirens of Bollywood a run for their money.
In Chennai, you either see them garbage picking with long iron rods in hand or selling colourful bead trinkets, chains, ear rings, bracelets. Their children do not go to school. They end up uneducated, poor and filthy.They are bi/ multi lingual but it is probably not polished enough to be of commercial value to them. It is invariably the women who are into business. Some of them are into false hair sale and a few still offer to predict your fortune. What about their own future?
But it may just be what I see as an outsider, a mere spectator.