In her recent interview with The Hindu, Meesaya Murukku girl Aathmika said that she was approached by Bollywood filmmaker Aanand L Rai for an important role in one of his films but she couldn't take up the role because the character must be fluent in Tamil and Hindi. Though Aathmika understands Hindi, she is not fluent and so missed the opportunity!
But in Tamil cinema, we have nearly a half of dozen of heroines who are not able to read, write or talk in Tamil but our leading filmmakers are casting them just because they look fair and pretty on screen.
If Aathmika is rejected for a role just because the heroine's role required fluency in Tamil and Hindi, every Tamil film requires actresses who speak Tamil but sadly, our filmmakers have a soft corner on Mumbai girls and continue to give them big offers.
If you carefully look at the South girls (Asin, Sridevi, Hema Malini) who made it big in Bollywood, they were quite fluent in Hindi. So why can't we make Tamil fluency as a basic criterion for heroines here in Kollywood? We are sure most of them would fail but at least Tamil audiences will get see passionate actresses who at least don't disappoint us with lip-sync issues when they recite dialogues.