Karpaga is perhaps first and last trans actress who acted in a film called ‘Paal.' Karpaga is the first trans person to get a break as a leading heroine in the mainstream movie. This film industry normally says about the lack of trans roles in films but also less tell that roles exist for them in the film industry too. This film ‘Paal’ proved that how we have come as a society regarding accepting perceived differences. But now that the industry is offering trans role to transgender actors proves that we still have a long way to go. Karpaga was born in Erode Tamil Nadu. But at an age of 17, she left for Mumbai where she worked in a saloon and got accepted in her family after five years when she returned home after a long hardship. After getting a role of a leading actress in ‘Paal’ directed by D. Sivakumar, she got other roles in few films. But nothing progressed, and she still looks forward to getting accepted in Kollywood.

In film ‘Paal’, Revathy played her mother who was a very vital part of the film. The film also focused on the difficulty of acceptance of a transgender girl in society. The films also sent a message to the society to accept them. The fact is that the film industry is over-crowded industry and just getting the work in the first place is difficult for Karpaga. So long, the scriptwriters and producers had hardly regarded the transgenders as an issue characters. But in reality, they are the people with disabilities or form ethnic minorities, who are just people and have stories to tell. Karpaga, as a person too, is like something untouchable on the other side of the skin. She has an outward appearance, and she has an inner state -and that is her gender- which people still abandons. After her break in one Tamil movie, she is not seen any more on the screen.

Kanchan Tamil Actress


Kanchan is a yesteryear actress who appeared in many Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi movies. But luck did not smile upon her, and she went into oblivion after making her talent noticed in films of Raj N. Sippy and Sawan Tak banner and a couple of Tamil and Malayalam film. Kanchan’s acting credits included in Telugu and Malayalam movies only. She acted with Ajith Kumar in 1993 Telugu romance film ‘Prema Pusthakam’, which was partly directed by Gollapudi Srinivas before his death. Later the film was finished by his father, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao. It featured debutant Ajith Kumar and Kanchan in the lead roles. That is how this actress made her debut in Tollywood. The film was a success, and she followed with a Malayalam flick opposite Mohanlal in ‘Gandharvam’ that released in 1993. This Malayalam movie had a tremendous initial and ended up as a box office hit. Even in Bollywood, she acted with Salman Khan in ‘Sanam Bewafa’ which was also a box-office hit. However, it was only a Mohanlal film that marked Kanchan’s first leading role in a feature film. However, she was miscast in many Hindi movies as an actress like Sridevi and Karisma Kapoor made their entry and drew maximum notice from the producer. An actress who acted with Mohanlal was thereby reduced to getting smaller roles in Bollywood and went unnoticed totally. Later on, she acted in another Telugu film named ‘Allari Premikudu’ opposite Jagapati Babu. The film was directed by K Raghavendra Rao and the film had three heroines Soundarya, Kanchan, and Rambha. Although, in Bollywood, she acted with Sridevi and Shah Rukh Khan too, her appearances in many B-grade films made her almost an unforgotten face. Kanchan was born on April 17, 1970. Kanchan was not too glamorous and had a girl next-door image, and this was one reason she could not compete with bold and sexy actresses like Rambha or Karishma Kapoor.