The recent success Krishnanum Radhayum in cinemas all over Kerala is somewhat similar to the success of Slumdog Millionaire in the west. This post should never be considered as an attempt to compare the two movies by any stretch of the imagination. My comparison is purely on perception and how it affects the mind of the viewer.
Slumdog Millionaire conveyed a collective feel good factor to the western audience at seeing such miserably poverty in one of India's most modern cities at a time when western economies were crumbling while India enjoyed two-digit growth rates. Slumdog Millionaire provided a balm to sooth those damaged egos.
Due to the modern influence of western notions of political correctness our Mallu folks have been recently deprived of the many sadistic pleasures of mocking people of difference: Homosexuals, transvestites, handicapped folks, mentally ill people, short folks, (so-called) low castes, balding men and dark skinned people (Which by the way is 90% of all people in Kerala).
And now in Kerala we have Santhosh Pandit: Who gives the average Mallu an opportunity to laugh at someone whom even they perceive as silly or below par. Someone who is intellectually, and superficially inferior to himself.
Kerala has found a means to vent her degenerate collective complexes. The much wanted feel good factor that she has never managed to achieve by excellence in any other field of activity.