Tamil adult comedy Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu, which was released on May 4, is facing a flurry of criticism over its alleged misogynistic and homophobic content.
Transgender activist Apsara Reddy and LGBT organisation Chennai Dost have filed a complaint with Chennai commissioner AK Viswanathan against the portrayal of women and a queer character in the film, The News Minute said. They will also meet Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council Chief Vishal Krishna to demand an apology from director Santhosh P Jayakumar and lead actor Gautham Karthik.
Additionally, the Tamil Nadu Students and Youth Federation has reportedly filed a police complaint against the film, claiming that it projects women in a bad light.
Conservative members of the film industry have lashed out against the movie. Director Bharathiraaja issued a statement calling for a boycott of the movie – though he didn’t refer to it by name – and condemned the Central Board of Film Certification for clearing it for release, Times of India reported. Producer J Satish Kumar criticised the film in a series of tweets.
Apart from Karthik, Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuththu stars Vaibhavi Shandilya, Karunakaran, Bala Saravanan and Rajendran. The movie is about a ghost who traps two couples in a bungalow because she wants to have sex with one of the men. The adult-rated film is doing well at the box office and has earned Rs 10 crore since its release.
In the film, a homosexual character is told that gay encounters don’t count as a loss of virginity, The News Minute said, while a straight man claims that that the safety of men in public spaces is threatened by gay men. The film also mocks the rape of a straight man by the homosexual character, according to the report.
Reddy told The News Minute that Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu portrays homosexuals as “sex-starved” and “devious”.
“Such films incite crimes against women and LGBTQI+ people,” she said. “It is behind such artistic work that bullies and people who discriminate against others on the basis of sexuality and gender hide.”