Filmmaker Shankar faces wrath of transgender community

Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS): Filmmaker Shankar has earned the wrath of a group of transgenders here after they found objectionable scenes about their community in his latest Tamil magnum opus "I", which is currently running in cinemas.

The transgender community is upset with the way Shankar has portrayed the character essayed by popular make-up artist, a transgender, Ojas M. Rajani.

In the film, Rajani lusts over actor Vikram and this has not gone down well with many people.

"We want Shankar to remove those scenes from the film. It belittles our community and we plan to lodge an official complaint on Monday with the police. If required, we don't even mind taking the legal recourse," popular transgender TV personality Rose Venkatesan told IANS.

Rose has sought the support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community (LGBT).

"The way Shankar has portrayed Ojas's character makes us look like some sex-starved individuals. We are in talks with the members of LGBT community to decide the next course of action," Rose said.

On Saturday, a group of transgenders staged a protest in front of Shankar's house here.

"I" also features Amy Jackson and Upen Patel.

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