Even as the government and the society seriously thinking about the rights to be given to transgenders, comes a film, which conveys the feelings of the third community in a subtle and honest way.
Narthagi, directed by Vijaya Padma and produced by ‘Punnagai Poo’ Geetha (of ‘Arindhum Ariyamalum’ and ‘Pattiyal’ fame), is not the usual kind of films you have been watching all these years.
Made with a purpose, the movie advocates for the rights of transgenders. Though a docu-drama feel prevails, one should understand the motive behind such an attempt to understand and appreciate it.
Coming to the story, Subbu (Kalki), born in a ‘strict family’, undergoes mental and emotional changes. He realises that he is not actually a boy and takes shelter with the transgender community. He is now Kalki.
The society ridicules her. But a determined Kalki becomes a dancer and emerges successful in life. And the climax comes with a message, which would make everyone to think for sometime.
Kalki has come out with commendable performance in the lead role while G V Prakash Kumar�s music adds credibility to the script. The linear narration by Vijaya Padma which takes us slowly into the story is neat and convincing.
The film poses a few questions to the society and in some scenes it also comes with answers. ‘Narthagi’, in the meantime, is also recommended for a section of filmmakers in Tamil cinema who normally portray transgenders in bad light.
On the whole, despite its preaching tone, ‘Narthagi’ is the need of the hour. Kudos to director Vijaya Padma and producer ‘Punnagai Poo’ Geetha for making a gutsy attempt.