Why do angry young Tamil heroes love to cross-dress so much?

By me. Published on February 28, 2017, The Ladies Finger

This line of thought — an actor’s credentials depending on his ability to play a woman — is a Tamil film staple, a residue of Tamil cinema’s history in stage-drama. Since then, even the most riotous of heroes have worn female clothing and acted as women. What role does this play in their careers?

More pertinently, what role does it play in our understanding of gender and sexuality? I write for The Ladies Finger here.