Could Khoka’s transformation be just an entertainer , or a caricature !
Several transwomen have raised objections towards the transformation of the male protagonist , ‘ Khokababu ‘ into a so-called woman by the name ‘ Kantabai ‘ in the bengali serial ‘ Khokababu ‘ , aired at Star Jalsha , at 10 p.m. IST , seven days a week . They allege it to be an endorsement of mockery of transwomen , who are as per definition , biologically male with psychological inclinations of a woman . And that too , under the garb of dishing out light-hearted entertainment .
They argue that khoka’s playing the role of kanta , donning feminine attire and make-up , adjusting the male voice to suit the standards of feminity , and other antics necessary for simulation are no short of a parody , as he very consciously doesn’t represent the sentiments of a transwoman . This according to them is not only an insult to the marginalised community , but also a blatant breach of the declaration put up prior to the broadcasting of the episodes that the programme is purely for entertainment purpose which does not violate the integrity of any community .
Insensitivity of any transgender women’s association of West Bengal towards the issue has allowed such violations to continue unabated . A transwoman , who prefers anonymity , has expressed her grief that as it is life was difficult for her in the neighbourhood , on top of that the serial has reinforced her status as a joke-butt . Her insistence to launch a protest against the serial in a whatsapp group to the leaders were ignored systematically . While the question that entertainment is more important or someone’s survival , remains unanswered !
The main Atricle in Bengali written by Abakaashe Sanjoy and Translated by Sridip Shaw