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He was born in a middle-class family of Erode in western Tamil Nadu. He was then the only son to his parents, left home at 17 and left for Mumbai and worked at a beauty parlour as beautician after finishing his beautician course. When he returned as Karpaga after five years, the family was shattered but eventually accepted her.
Historically, transsexuals have been shown in poor light in Indian movies. Karpaga acts as an intellectual woman who has difficulty in revealing her identity to her lover. The film stresses on the need for families to accept transsexuals.