The hero in the film is a rowdy and tells the girl, “So you’re an engineer? Great.” Pat comes the response from the heroine, an IT graduate looking for a job: “What is great about that? In Tamil Nadu, who isn’t an engineer?” It’s a striking scene from Kaadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (Love Also Passes), a 2016 romantic comedy-drama. The retort is one of the most truthful observations that has come from Tamil cinema in recent years. The southern state is actually teeming with engineers. Many completed their course by clearing all exams, but most are still battling arrears, while a sizeable number dropped out midway. According to a study, Tamil Nadu has more than a lakh of unemployed engineers—and their numbers are only growing.