The transgender community in Chennai is reportedly planning a protest in front of director Shankar's residence on Monday for allegedly showing them in a poor light in his recently-released "I".
In "I", popular make-up artist Ojas Rajani - a transgender - lusts over Vikram, and this has irked the transgenders in the city. They have reportedly demanded that the scenes be removed from the film. Apart from staging a dharna in front of Shankar's house, the transgender community has also planned on filing a complaint with the police.
"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 reporters, according to IANS.
Rajani told The Times of India, "Shankar and I share a good equation as I have already worked with him in six films as makeup artist. When I was given a chance to act in this movie, I took it up, that's it. However, I am yet to watch the movie and have only done what I have been asked to do by Shankar."
"And I don't think Shankar would have done anything that would hurt the sentiments of the transgender community," the make-up artist further said.
Meanwhile, police have reportedly given protection around Shankar's house in T.Nagar in the wake of the transgenders' call for a protest in front of the director's house on Monday.
"I", which hit the screens on 14 January, is a romantic thriller with Vikram appearing in different roles including that of a model, a body builder and a crippled man. Amy Jackson plays the female lead, while Upen Patel, Santhanam and Suresh Gopi are seen in supporting roles.
The Shankar directorial, which have been released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions, is faring well at the Indian box office. The film had a fantastic long weekend owing to Pongal/Sankranti holidays. It will be interesting to see how the film fares in the coming days.