Rajini’s ‘Darbar’ have Trans women singers

Saradha Natarajan

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Kannula Thimiru song from Darbar was sung by 3 Transgenders from Hyderabad. Chandramukhi, Priya and Rachana, three trans women are from the Spicy Girls Band. The team recorded the song in three different languages and within a week’s time of the recording the movie’s audio launch took place in Chennai. The trio and has been receiving calls with numerous offers from the Tamil movie industry.
The Spicy Girls Band has been performing at events organized by NGOs in Hyderabad for over a decade now. Chandramukhi, Priya and Rachana are ardent fans of Rajinikanth and they were more than thrilled to have sung in his film and also to perform in front of him at the audio launch.
Darbar Audio launch
Spicy Girls Band was started in 2006 and is a 7-member team who perform regularly through the city of Hyderabad. The trio in an interview to the media said that the band has never performed to one music and song like the recording. They would pick a tune and dance or act along with it as most of their albums and performances are about gender equality, rights of transgenders and empowerment.
The Darbar’s music was composed by Anirudh and the Spicy Girls got the opportunity through Bigg Boss Telugu. In the movie, the picturization of the song depicts the scene as Transgenders are singing and director Murugadoss wanted transgender people to sing it behind the screen as well.
Jasmine, one of the members of the Spicy Girls Band stated to the media that the Telugu film industry does not notice the talents of the transgenders and there is discrimination at all levels. She said that the Tamil film industry have considered them and that she sees this as a positive step that gives better visibility to the band. Rachana said that they would like to work with the Tamil industry as it has recognized their talent though they are not professionally trained.

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