Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who is known for her work in movies like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Bhoomi, and Padmaavat, recently opened up about her #MeToo moment, and trust us it is really heart-breaking! The actress recently graced an event ( India Today Conclave South 2018) where she spoke about the same! The diva mentioned that when she was at an early stage of her career, she was asked for sexual favors! The actress even revealed that she was unable to get projects (work) because of the same!
The diva was quoted as saying:
“I remember when I started, I was extra-naive because I came from a protected background. I didn’t know that the rumours were true, that things like this did happen. And honestly, I have not had such a bad time. I had one incident which actually didn’t harm me very much. But yes, I did lose work because I was given a choice – it’s either this or this. For me, it was a no-brainer. I had to walk away”.
Aditi also mentioned:
“At that time when it happened, I was really upset and I did think that this was it and I was never going to get work again”.
Aditi’s team encouraged her and provided her with the optimism which she needed. And nearly eight months after the incident, she started getting work! The Padmaavat star feels that those who have suffered harassment should speak about it gradually when they feel like it, and shouldn’t be forced to do the same!
“I think you should speak about something only when you are ready. And when you don’t talk about it, people are like, ‘Oh, they were paid off’ or ‘oh, they were silenced.”
She further added:
“I think that everybody should do what they need to do, when they think it is right. That is what empowering a person is. This #MeToo movement is turning that on its head and taking that power away by putting these conditions and saying, ‘You must speak. If you don’t, that means you are giving in”.
Speaking about casting couch to another media publication, Aditi Rao Hydari was earlier quoted as saying:
“I did lose work and I cried about it. I didn’t regret it but I cried about it because I felt so upset that this was true and this is how girls are treated. I was like, how dare someone speak to me like that! For about eight months, I didn’t get work, but I feel that decision made me stronger in my intention about the kind of work I wanted to do”.
It is to be noted that the Rockstar actress had earlier tweeted in favor of the cause, it was being speculated that the actress was hinting towards the people who harassed the diva. Have a read at her tweet:
Slow clap for the dizzying heights of hypocrisy… People who are clearly guilty of major harassment giving gyaan on the #MeTooIndia movement…
— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) October 12, 2018
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