Ardhanaari

Ardhanaari (2012) is a Malayalam film about the life of transgender people in Kerala. The film is directed by Santhosh Souparnika and produced by M. G. Sreekumar under his production house MG Sound & Frames.[1][2]

Ardhanaari
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Directed bySanthosh Souparnika
Produced byM. G. Sreekumar
Written bySanthosh Souparnika
Starringjijosh jose
Mahalakshmi
jose pala
Thilakan
Sukumari
Sai Kumar
Music byM. G. Sreekumar
Rajeev Alunkal (lyrics)
V Madhusoodanan Nair (lyrics)
Pazhayidam Somarajan (lyrics)
CinematographyHemachandran
Edited byAbhilash Viswanath
Production
company
MG Sound & Frames Company
Distributed byMG Sound & Frames Release
Release date
  • 23 November 2012 (2012-11-23) (Kerala)
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Bhavani (Jijosh Jose Pala ), is a transgender person with male physique and female behavioral traits which leads to ridicule and snide remarks from his brother and others. The film brings out the rituals, customs, angst and preferences of transgender people. The title of the film alludes to the half male and half female Hindu god Ardhanarishvara. Also starring in the film are Mahalakshmi, Maniyanpilla Raju, Thilakan, Sukumari and Sai Kumar. It was one of the last films featuring Thilakan who died weeks before the release of the film.

The film opened to mixed critical reviews but the performance by Manoj K. Jayan as a eunuch gained unanimous appreciation. It is widely considered as one of the finest performances by the actor.[3][4]

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