I like the Gautham Vasudev Menon women more than the women in most other movies these days, but I don’t like them as much as I should.
Consider the women in Kaakha Kaakha, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (just Kayalvizhi, not Aradhana), Pachaikili Muthucharam, Vaaranam Aayiram, Vinnaithandi Varuvaya, and Yennai Arindhaal: They are all essentially the same woman. They speak in low, soothing tones, they meet their friends (or lovers) in places like The Brew Room and Tryst Cafe, they buy their clothes from Kalpastree and Hands of India exhibitions at Kalakshetra, they have a cumulative score of 99.9% in their engineering course (Meghna in VA), and if we do not know whether they scored 99.9%, we know they studied mathematics or some other subject considered difficult (Maya, Jessie). They tend to wear Indian clothing even when the situation does not necessarily ask for it (example: Thenmozhi performing karaoke in a white-purple sari). They are all working, they live in a house decorated with knick-knacks from Dakshinachitra (they mostly live beyond their means as well, but this is excused since they are upper middle class women to begin with).
I am excluding Minnale, Nadunisi Naaigal and Needhane En Ponvasantham. Minnale does not belong to the type of movies I like to think of as the quintessential GVM movie (I find myself wondering why I liked it back then, the picturization of Vaseegara alone is enough to make one reconsider), and the girl in NEPV is richer and younger than your usual GVM woman, and Nadunisi Naaigal is what GVM himself called “a failed experiment” (though I did watch it first day at Devi, only to leave with a headache somewhere between my temples).
Do you like the GVM woman? Is she not intimidating in a way? I might feel like an absolute klutz if I ever meet her. Maybe only the GVM man in his white shirt and blue jeans is classy enough to approach her.