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Thiraikku Varadha Kadhai’s Makers Say Lesbian Relationships Are “Against Our Culture”

Thiraikku Varadha Kadhai, a bilingual directed by Malayalam filmmaker Thulasidas, will feature a lesbian relationship, perhaps for the first time in Tamil cinema. A murder mystery with an all-women cast, the film  is scheduled to release on 28 October.


In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, the film’s director Thulasidas said that he had put in the effort to make sure the film’s core message was not lost out. And the core message is that ‘these relationships are against our culture’.

“In fact, I took inspiration for Thiraikku… from a television programme that was aired on a Malayalam channel. Although a few Malayalam and Hindi films had the hardcore theme of lesbianism, here in Thiraikku Varaadha Kadhai, I have not sensationalised it and made it a murder mystery. I have made the screenplay in such a manner that it imparts the message that these relationships are against our culture,” Thulasidas said.

The film’s producer, K Manikandan was quoted by DC as saying that he was initially unsure about producing the film because of its ‘unconventional theme’ and because it does not have a ‘hero’.


“I do agree that it is a subject which has not been touched by any of the Tamil filmmakers so far. But when Tulasidas sir narrated the subject to me, it had a strong message to the society. Initially, I also had apprehensions whether to make it for its unconventional theme and there’s no hero or for that matter any male character in the movie. But all said and done, the script doesn’t support this unnatural relationship and a twist in the tale takes place. I can’t give out much about the story,” he said.

The film’s cast includes Nadia Moidu, Iniya, Reshma Pasupuleti, Aarthi, Kovai Sarala, Eden and Archana among others.

Actress Nadia Moidu essays the role of a police officer in the film, while Aarthi, Iniya and others play Film Institute students. Renowned musician, M G Sreekumar has composed the tracks, and winner of multiple Kerala state awards, Srinivasan has edited the film.