It seems like the voice against the so-called ‘casting couch‘ in the film industry is gaining more momentum with more and more actresses joining in to speak up against the issue. A Telugu actress being the latest entrant in the list of many who have raised their voice against it.
Sri Reddy alleged that she was sexually exploited by many producers and directors. She claimed that she was also denied membership of the Movie Artistes Association (MAA) despite having acted in three films. The actress also alleged that several people in the industry demanded obscene pictures from her in exchange for roles in movies.
“This is the only way I can think of expressing my grief. Since I got no roles despite exposing myself to several people in the film industry, the only way I can protest is by going nude publicly,” she said.
Sri Reddy. Screengrab from YOYO TV
Reddy accused MAA of denying her a membership just because she questioned the wrong-doings in the industry. She alleged that she was denied roles in films because she refused to give in to demands. She has threatened that she will make it a big issue at the national and international level if her demands are not met.
It is reportedly said that Sri Reddy was open to commenting and ranting about the casting couch in Tollywood from the last few days. In the past, she had reportedly accused top directors, producers and male actors of taking advantage of young actresses seeking work in the industry.
You can watch Sri Reddy’s strip protest video here:
The actress was, however, arrested by the police for her obscene act and a case under Section 294 of the IPC was booked against her.
Meanwhile, casting couch has been a severe disease spreading in Bollywood and also South Indian industries for a long time. It’s time to listen to the voice of the victims. It’s time to do away the nonsense. Everything has to be fair. No exploitation in the name of giving roles or work no matter in which field. Wake up, Indians.