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Karpaga is an actress who made her debut in a Tamil movie called Paal. She is the first transperson ever in India to perform a leading role in a mainstream movie.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Karpaga was born in a middle-class family of Erode in western Tamil Nadu, an only child, and left home at 17 for Mumbai. Karpaga worked at a beauty parlour as a beautician after finishing schooling. After returning to her family, five years later, her family was shattered but eventually accepted her.[3][4]


Historically, transsexuals have been shown in a poor light in Indian movies.[5] Karpaga acts as an intellectual woman who has difficulty in revealing her identity to her lover.[5] The film stresses the need for families to accept transsexuals.[5][6]


  1. ^ indiaglitz.com, 9 July 2008, "MAN-TURNED-WOMAN to star in a film"
  2. ^ tamilmegatube.com, 8 July 2008, "Transgender in lead role!"
  3. ^ scribd.com, reprint of 19 August 2008 "Ergo" article "The Other Gender"
  4. ^ by Firoze Shakir, firozeshakir.com, 18 May 2008, "A beautiful story titled Paal", Retrieved 26 September 2008
  5. ^ a b c kollywoodtoday.com, 18 May 2008, "A beautiful story titled Paal"
  6. ^ timesofindia.com, 8 July 2008, "Transgender to play lead in Tamil film"

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