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Actor tells Indian trans community: ‘Don’t get offended’

Naith Payton January 21, 2015

A transgender actor from controversial Tamil film ‘I‘ has spoken out, telling trans protesters to not be offended.

The film sparked a wave of protests by trans people including a sit in outside the director Shankar Shanmugham home which lasted two days. It features a trans character, played by Ojas Rajini, being rejected by the main character when he discovered she is trans. She then performs a mocking and sexually suggestive dance.

Trans protesters have demanded an apology from the director and the removal of the scenes.

Ojas Rajini said: “Shankar didn’t try to demean the character of a transgender. In fact, he shot it so aesthetically and beautifully that it doesn’t offend anybody, including the transgender community.

“It is just a story in a film of love where my character falls in love and reacts in a certain way. We are not trying to offend our transgender friends. So please I request you not to be offended.

“Please put a stop to this anger and rejoice in the success of the film.”

Trans TV personality Rose Venkatesan said: “We want Shankar to remove those scenes from the film. It belittles our community.

“The way Shankar has portrayed Ojas’s character makes us look like sex-starved individuals.”

More: Asia, Film Reviews, India, India, Trans

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