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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 258) Last page : ( 262)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00047.5

Portrayal of Transgender People in Tamil Cinema and why it Matters

Ravindar Nanditha*

Research Scholar, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author Email: nanditharavindar@gmail.com

Online published on 24 May, 2018.


Despite the fact that there are numerous forms of entertainment cropping up almost every other day as a result of technological advancements, film as a medium continues to enjoy a major fan following of its own. Movies continue to influence minds to quite a large extent, as a result of which, representations and portrayals -be it of individuals or sections of society, become crucial. When it comes to the third gender, a lot of Indian movies have been called out in the past for insensitive and/or inaccurate portrayals of their lives. Slice of life representations of those from the transgender community are generally hard to come by, which leads to the continuation of unabashed stereotypes. Using case studies and in-depth interviews as the research methodologies, this paper will attempt to objectively study the portrayal of the third gender in Tamil cinema, and why representation of such gender/sexual minorities is important in the context of a society, especially in the current day and age.



Influence, representations, insensitive, transgender community, in-depth interviews, gender/sexual minorities.


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