Sexual abuse is a stigma which no woman can ever forget and god willing never has to experience. It’s truly one of those horrifying experiences that can leave such an imprint on the victim’s life, that they remain scarred for life. In India itself, sexual assault is rapidly increasing and the culprits are still roaming at large. Rape in India is one of the most common crimes against women.
Even though we talk about it all the time, it turns out that for actresses who have to shoot such sexual abuse scenes or molestation acts for movies, it isn’t easy at all. While actors are meant to enact a scene with full emotions, shooting such scenes can be very disturbing.
Bollywood actresses like Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapoor recently opened up about their experience while shooting rape and molestation scenes, in a round table conversation interview with acclaimed film critic Rajeev Masand. The other actresses who listened to their co-actors were Vidya Balan and Radhika Apte.
Anushka Sharma who produced the critically acclaimed NH10, was actually in depression after her molestation scene. She said:
“I was in depression when I did the scene of being molested in NH10. But at that time, you want it to be real. Especially in films like NH10, where you do not know where the camera is, you have to make it look realistic.
In the movie, she was chased by some Delhi goons while she was driving alone after a night out, and this scene is a reality in the capital:
She was also brutally thrashed and traumatised by her mother-in-law and her on-screen husband, something which was shown very boldly to the audience.
Anushka added that:
That time I was fine but I was emotionally very low for the next two days… Being punched, kicked in stomach and all that, I was just thinking how humans can be this way. We aren’t exposed to so much in life other than reading in newspaper. But to shoot such scenes are extremely traumatising.
Another brilliant actress Alia Bhatt too, shared her experience of shooting the gang-rape scene in the cult film Udta Punjab. She told Rajeev:
“On the set, you want to be like technical about it. ‘Haan you come here, then this happens, then we’ll do that and I’ll scream and…’ So the face is all ‘Yeah, I’m with it, I’m okay with it because I’m acting’. But actually what’s happening inside is ‘I want this scene to get over. I just want this whole thing to get over.”
Her powerful scene from the movie will make you cringe:
She also revealed how she feared to go on the sets during the time of shooting these scenes.
“This has never happened to me but I used to dread that walk every day while getting out of my room and I used to love the walk every day when I’d be coming back to my room. Even though I love my work, it was weird to be in such a situation but what was even more weird was to pretend to be cool on set.”
Adding to her counterparts experiences, actress Sonam Kapoor also decided to disclose about her very personal incident at the tender age of 14. Yes, you guessed it right – Sonam was molested when she was a teenager and Anushka’s expression says it all.
The Neerja actress further explained how it happened. She said:
“There was a man who came from behind and just held my breasts like that. And obviously, I didn’t have breasts at that time. I started shaking and shivering and I didn’t know what was going on and I started crying right there. I didn’t speak about it. I just sat there and I finished watching the film because I felt that I’d done something wrong for the longest time”.
If you wish to listen to their entire conversation, click the link below:
Kudos to these actresses for sharing their experiences openly, about this ‘taboo’ which exists in our society. Every woman should deal with it strongly and raise their voice. What are your thoughts on this subject?