While Gautham latest film's Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu has set cash registers ringing at the box office, the movie has gone on to receive flak for its poor portrayal of the LGBT community. As per reports, offense has been taken with regards to how a homosexual character has been portrayed. As per reports on Hindustan Times, Apsara Reddy, a TV host also a transgender activist has joined hands with Chennai dost, a pro-LGBT community to protest against the film, basis their portrayal of homosexuality and virgin women, at the Tamil Film Producer's Council.
"We’ve approached the Chennai Commissioner of Police, AK Viswanathan, with a complaint against the film. Actor Vishal had told us he’d come to the Council but didn’t turn up. However, I hope he will extend his support.” states Apsara as per reports on New Indian Express.
"Indirectly the film says it’s alright to treat them in a bad way, which amounts to a violation of human rights. Films influence people’s thoughts. Does the director know the amount of bullying that they deal with — starting from schools to be a part of this society? Due to media’s projection of them, people have developed a feeling of disgust towards transgender persons. There are many who are educated, and successful in life" she further adds.
However, the same reports states that the director is unapologetic about it. He is of the view that if the CBFC did not take offense then there is no need for anyone else. According to him it is high time that entertainment is seen as entertainment and that a big deal is not made out of everything.
In other news, veteran director Bharatiraja has slammed the CBFC for for allowing this film to release in Tamil Nadu, reports TOI. While the movie has garnered positive reviews to an extent, it has also been considered crass and vulgar by many.
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