Hijra as a hero-ine for the first time on Indian celluloid

Kollywood will be witnessing a new genre of film. The transgender’s (Hijra’s) seem to be setting foot almost everywhere from television anchoring to arts. This time, it’s a new Tamil film starring a transgender heroine. The film is titled as “Paal” also meaning gender in Tamil and It is the story of the neglected state of transgenders in the society today. 

The director of the movie T. Shivakumar to understand what it felt like to be a transgender has spent a full two months with them in Mumbai. The result of this two-month hunt was ‘Karpaka’, who has now been roped in as the heroine. ‘Paal’ will launch choreographer Kadhal Kadas as a hero and paired with him will be Karpaga.

Yet another interesting feature is that the assistant director of the movie is Vidya, another transgender who rose to fame with her book, ‘I am Vidya’, recently. ‘Paal’ is based on the relationship between the lead pair and how Karpaga fears letting out her original identity to the man she loves and thus avoids him and his love. Karpaga plays the role of a short film maker. Whether she is accepted by the society she belongs to, and the man she loves, forms the climax.