Transgender community demands arrest of Vijay Sethupathi and Super Deluxe director

Vijay Sethupathi in 'Super Deluxe'

While Thiagarajan Kumararaja's Super Deluxe is winning hearts among movie buffs, the transgender communities have lashed out at the movie.

The members of the community have claimed that the film showed them in a bad light and they will file a police complaint against actor Vijay Sethupathi and the director to demand their arrest.

Vijay Sethupathi plays a character called Shilpa, who undergoes gender change surgery after giving birth to a son, in Super Deluxe.

Also starring Fahadh Faasil, Samantha and Ramya Krishnan, the film is an amalgamation of four different stories.

In a scene, Vijay Sethupathi is seen collecting money from a storekeeper to show his son how he made his living post his gender-change surgery.

Transgender Priya Babu, took to Facebook criticising Thiagarajan Kumararaja for demeaning their gender.

“A transgender is someone who treats other women like her sister, but in Super Deluxe Vijay Sethupathi was shown as someone who has got wife and kids. To earn applause and victory, directors like Thiagarajan Kumararaja has as usual made us scapegoats. Just when this society started respecting our community, such half-baked portrayal ruins everything for us. Today, a lot of transgenders are getting respectable jobs, but in your film, Shilpa enjoys as if getting Rs 20 from a shopkeeper as her achievement. In another scene, she calls the cop who sexually harasses her as a husband, such a cruel depiction. A transgender is someone who understands the feminine quality within her and cuts off all her men identities. Who told you that transgenders are those who would marry, give birth to a child and then understand their gender?” she wrote.

In an interview to a Tamil website, a few transgenders were quoted as saying. "We had great regards for Vijay Sethupathi, but he has spoilt it by acting in this film. He has spoken a dialogue about a transgender kidnapping children. Can anyone recall of such a crime committed by a transgender? After hearing the script, Vijay Sethupathi should have rejected it."