Shankar Didn't Intend For I to Offend Transgender Community, Says Ojas Rajani

  | January 21, 2015 20:09 IST (Chennai)

Vikram in a still from I.

Ojas Rajani has defended the filmmaker and said that Shankar shot the scenes aesthetically so that it doesn't offend anybody

Filmmaker Shankar hasn't tried to offend the transgender community in his Tamil magnum opus I, says popular makeup artist Ojas M Rajani, who essayed an important role in the film.
Shankar's portrayal of Ojas, a transgender, in his film was not received well by some in the transgender community, who have demanded a "public apology" from the filmmaker after protesting in front of his residence on January 19.
"Shankar didn't try to demean my character as a transgender. In fact, he shot it so aesthetically that it doesn't offend anybody, including the transgender community. It's just part of a story of the film and I requested everybody to not get offended," Ojas said in a statement.
In the film, Ojas lusts over actor Vikram. This had not gone down too well with many people. I also stars actors Amy Jackson and Upen Patel and is having a successful run at the box office.