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Gautham Karthik, Santosh Jayakumar must apologise for Araiyil Murattu Kuthu: Apsara Reddy


Reddy, a transgender, journalist and spokesperson for Chennai Dost, an organisation that works for the LGBTQ community, criticised director Jayakumar and actor Gautham, for having made a film that allegedly belittles and insults homosexuals.

Manigandan KR

Santhosh Peter Jayakumar's recently released adult comedy Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuthu (2018), starring Gautham Karthik, Vaibhavi Shandilya, Yashika Anand and Chandrika Ravi, has come in for criticism from politicians, directors and the transgender community.

It may be recalled that eminent director P Bharathiraja had lashed out at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for clearing the adult comedy to be released in Tamil Nadu, without naming the film. The director, taking exception to the film, felt it was vulgar and crass and urged the people of the state to boycott it.

Under these circumstances, Apsara Reddy, a transgender, journalist and spokesperson for Chennai Dost, an organisation that works for the LGBTQ community, has also criticised director Jayakumar and the film's lead actor, Gautham Karthik, for having made a film that allegedly belittles and insults homosexuals.

"First of all, will he (the director of the film) be able to watch it with his family?" Reddy asked at a press conference.

"The film showcases women and transgenders in bad taste. We are all protesting against it. We have also presented a petition to the president of the Tamil Film Producers' Council, Vishal [Krishnan]. What is the director trying to tell the society about gays and homosexuals? Cinema has a social responsibility.

"If they make movies like these, how can we live peacefully? Santosh and Gautham Karthik have to apologise. We have also petitioned the police commissioner. We have also presented a petition to District Legal Services Authority judge Jayanthi. We have urged them to summon these people to have a dialogue with those from our community," she added.