Telugu actress Sri Reddy, who recently made the headlines after she stripped in front of Hyderabad’s Telugu Chamber of Commerce building, the headquarters of the Movie Artistes’ Association (MAA), to protest against the practice of casting couch in the Telugu film industry, has now found support among women’s rights activists.
According to News18, many of these activists have taken cognisance of Sri Reddy’s claims about casting couch in the industry and are demanding stringent measures from the industry.
Sri Reddy has been vocal about casting couch in the Telugu movie industry and has accused producers and directors of sexual misconduct. She has also been denied a membership to the Movie Artistes Association (MAA) despite having acted in three films, and with the association further preventing any actors from working with her.
The activists in Hyderabad are now emphasising on how people from the industry promote rape culture through silence.
“First time we are seeing such a protest. It has moved a lot of people. Big heroes who are keeping quiet on the issue show that they are encouraging rape culture. If you don’t speak out, don’t make changes, it will give a message that the industry wants casting couch. The industry is only waiting and hoping that the phase will pass. But this time people are watching and industry will be judged by its action,” says Tejaswini from ‘Hyderabad For Feminism’ to News18.
A few days back, Rakul Preet at an event held by the Movie Artists Association said that she never had to face issues as far as casting couch is concerned. She further said that in the four to five years that she has worked in the Telugu film industry, “not a single person has tried to act funny” with her.
Reacting to her comments, Telugu actresses Madhavi Latha and Sri Reddy accused Rakul of lying. Madhavi Latha said that instead of denying the issue, Rakul should create awareness. She also said that her denial probably stems from fear of losing out on opportunities.
Recently, tennis player Jwala Gutta posted on Instagram stating: “There is a lot of crime against women in general in our society… but if you haven’t experienced it.. do we deny it?? Do we only speak when we experience something like that? Don’t we belong to this society where we are a minority gender?? Don’t you think you being in a powerful position can make a change for women who r being harassed at work place?”
Just saw an interview of a popular actress..two things struck my mind…she says she can only speak for herself as she has not experienced casting couch it has been a wonderful journey!! And this is an opportunist world..it’s upto us as women what to accept and what not to!! So my question.. There is a lot of crime against women in general in our society..but if u haven’t experienced it..do we deny it?? Do we only speak when we experience something like that? Don’t we belong to this society where we r a minority gender?? Don’t u think u being in a powerful position can make a change for women who r being harassed at work place? Second question…opportunities.. How many people get it? If got an opportunity why a sexual favour should be an option? Yes talent will last hard work will last blah blah blah…but why should there be an option of sexual favour at work place?? We as women.in position where our voices r taken seriously should speak responsibly Sexual exploitation at workplace is fact.it exists.we have to admit it..only then we can find a solution to this problem! Maybe today u n me haven’t faced such crimes..but doesn’t mean our daughters won’t!! Let us make this world a safe place for our children ✌? Why should anyone have an advantage or disadvantage over each other when it comes to opportunities??? Let there be the RIGHT opportunity and then let the talent take its course!!! Opportunities should be available to all..EQUALLY!!!
Feature Image: The Indian Express