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The News Minute | January 19, 2015 | 03.25 pm IST What has filmmaker Shankar done that has irked the transgender community? In his latest Tamil movie ‘I’ starring Vikram and Amy Jackson, Shankar has been accused of depicting the transgender community in bad light, thus belittling them. A transgender’s character portrayed as a popular make-up artist was played by a real-life transgender, Ojas M Rajani, who is introduced to Vikram in the movie as an artist who will transform him. However, Vikram and comedian Santhanam who in their roles are shown dancing to the song Oorora Puliyamaram from the movie Parutheeveeran where they clap hands and imitate stereotypical gestures used by transgenders thus poking fun at her. The role played by Ojas is shown constantly making romantic advances towards Vikram, begging him for bike rides, dinners and the likes while he constantly rebukes her advances. Interestingly, a source from Shankar’s office said that the director intended to bring out a different message through the portrayal. A bodybuilder who comes from an uneducated, social background, Vikram is first shown mocking the makeup artist. However, when Amy Jackson, playing the role of a supermodel , who essays the character of an educated and affluent girl admonishes Vikram for making fun of Ojas and makes him see that she is also a very successful make-up artist in her field. A group of transgenders assembled in front of the Central Board of Film Certification on Monday morning and handed over a petition making three demands. The demands included removal of certain scenes in the movie, the monitoring of movies in the future as well as the inclusion of one jury member from the transgender community. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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