The Tamil film industry was already huge and star studded while the smaller ones from the south, like Kannada and Malayalam and to some extent Telugu, were still struggling to make a few films a year. But, they all had one thing in common. They were all still emerging from the thrall of stage plays where men played the parts of women and therefore women were treated as mere add-ons. The characters of women were never really explored or developed. All the filmmakers had a specific tested and tried template which they used.