Transgender activist-politician-TV host Apsara Reddy held a protest at the Tamil Film Producers Council on Tuesday against last week’s release, Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu for derogatory portrayal of a transgender character in the film. Apsara Reddy said, “Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu portrays homosexuals as s*x-starved devious human beings. It should be banned.”
She added, “Rape is an alarming issue in our Country India. This wrong portrayal is absolutely dangerous. By mocking homosexuals and telling young people that it is ok to treat them in a derogatory fashion, they are instigating violence against the community.”
Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu is adult comedy horror film written and directed by Santhosh P. Jayakumar and produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja. The film starring Gautham Karthik and Vaibhavi Shandilya in the lead roles.
Apsara Reddy said, “Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu mocks homosexual. We have approached the Chennai Commissioner of Police, AK Viswanathan, with a complaint against Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu.”
Apsara further added, “Gautham is the son of a renowned actor like Karthik. He is not a struggling actor. Gautham Karthik was launched by Mani Ratnam. How can he endorse such humour? I tried calling him but there was no response.”
Veteran film maker Bharathiraja also criticised the director of ‘Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuththu’, He said, “There are other ways to earn money.” The producer J Satish Kumar also posted a sarcastic tweet against CBFC, which had problems certifying the Bollywood film ‘Padmaavat’,starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Sathish Kumar tweeted, “Wish #cbfc for great gesture censoring with so much social responsibility#IruttuArayilMurattuKuthu fabulous work by #censor board members wish entire #cbfc to continue encouraging this kind of films that society needs so good messages for our youngsters.”