Even as Shankar versus the transgender community controversy continues to make news, coming to the defence of the filmmaker is popular makeup artist Ojas M Rajani, who essayed an important role in the film.
Rajani says Shankar hasn't tried to offend the transgender community in his Tamil magnum opus I.
Shankar's portrayal of Ojas, a transgender, in his film attracted the wrath of a group of transgenders who have demanded a 'public apology' from the filmmaker after protesting in front of his residence Monday.
"Shankar didn't try to demean my character of 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 Amy Jackson and Upen Patel.