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Transgender community to file complaint against Shankar's 'I'

Transgender community to file complaint against Shankar's 'I'
Director Shankar's latest, I, is in the news for having ruffled the feathers of the transgender community in the city. They are upset and furious with the way their community has been portrayed in the movie. So much so that some of them are all set to lodge a formal complaint. "Yes, we are filing a petition at the commissioner's office on Monday and we are also in talks with others from our community to stage a protest. We want the makers of the film to remove those scenes from the movie," informs Rose Venkatesan, a transgender TV personality.

Their bone of contention is with the way the makeup artist, who is a transgender, propositions the hero in the film. They claim that the way she makes romantic advances on Vikram's character, as well as his reactions to those advances, have been portrayed in a derogatory manner. "Transgenders are shown as sex freaks in the movie. About ten of us, will be meeting the commissioner and we are also in touch with other members of the community to decide what kind of protest it should be," says LGBT activist, Sasha Reddy.

Adds Rose, "Initially, I was called to dub for the makeup artist in the movie. But later I realized that they were just testing my voice to see whether it would match the character. They ended up using a more masculine voice. When I visited the studio for dubbing, I was shown only a few scenes and they asked me to keep everything confidential."

When we got in touch with Ojas Rajani, the transgender who plays the makeup artist in the film, she said, "Shankar and I share a good equation as I have already worked with him in six films as makeup artist. When I was given a chance to act in this movie, I took it up, that's it. However, I am yet to watch the movie and have only done what I have been asked to do by Shankar. And I don't think Shankar would have done anything that would hurt the sentiments of the transgender community."

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