In a recent media interaction, Ila Arun spoke about the difference in the portrayal of transgenders in society at large and in the streaming film Haddi starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub.
“I will say that in our Indian society, initially when they are born or even now, they can be judged. Nowadays, people are choosing to become transgender, and society has changed. During my time, they were only seen when a child was born, especially a son. You gave them money because they were a good Omen – ironically, they were considered to be a good Omen, but they were not treated in society with respect, again that is also very contradictory. I remember when they used to come, clap and sing, people would just give them some money. That's it. Otherwise, one never thought that they could become engineers or doctors. Just like how sometimes a human being loses one arm or one leg, they're still fighters and they are accepted in society. This is also probably true for those who are born with some kind of challenge; they must be respected. They did not get government jobs; they were kept for this kind of petty social drama.”
Speaking about the film, Arun further stated, “Haddi shows transgender people absolutely in a positive way, there is no negativity involved. We see society as being negative, not transgenders."
Directed by Ajay Akshat Ajay Sharma, the film also stars Anurag Kashyap as the antagonist. The film is available to stream on Zee5.