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Transgender to play lead in Tamil flick
Chennai: Young Karpaga, who makes her debut as a heroine in a Tamil film, is understandably nervous. She is busy rehearsing her lines and learning the nuances in the art of make-up, as the offer is not a passport to fame and wealth, but a lifetime opportunity to join the mainstream of the society. Karpaga, the heroine of ‘Paal’, is the first transgender in the country to don the leading role in a mainstream movie. ‘‘They have played lead roles in short films and documentaries earlier. But, this is the first time a transgender is featured as a heroine in a commercial film,’’ says D Sivakumar, the film’s director. Barring a few exceptions, transsexuals have always been shown in poor light in Indian films. But the heroine of Paal is an intellectual, director of a short-film who is smitten by the love bug but facing a dilemma in revealing her identity to her lover. Besides exploring the emotional and physical conflicts, the film stresses on the need for families to accept transsexuals. Before the society and the government step in, it is parents, who should understand their feelings and protect them, says Sivakumar, who is confident that the low-budget (around Rs 80 lakh) movie will do well at the box office. The hunt for a heroine took several months. A film crew visited Mumbai and Pune before finally zeroing in on Karpaga, who lives in Bangalore. Actor Revathi will play the role of Karpaga’s mother in the film. Born in a middle class family of Erode in western Tamil Nadu, Karpaga, who was then the only son to his parents, left home at 17 and headed for Mumbai. When he returned as Karpaga after five years, the family was shattered but eventually accepted her. ‘‘I was reluctant to accept the offer to act in the film. I was sceptical about the way transgenders are shown in films. It was only after the director told me the story and explained the positive aspects of the film that I agreed,’’ recalls Karpaga. ‘‘I’ve a couple of offers to act as heroine and one as a villain,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ll take a decision after the release of Paal.’’ source article: Times of India


				
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