The Telegu actress, Sri Reddy took a stand on Monday when she decided to strip outside the Telegu Film Chamber of Commerce in Hyderabad. Sri Reddy told a leading news agency that her bold move is in response to the sexual harassment that takes place in Tollywood. She also demanded that more roles should be to native Telugu actresses in the industry instead of outsiders.
But, her protest did not go down well with the Movie Artistes Association (MAA) as they declined her membership and actor Sivaji Raja stated that, "MAA rejected Sri Reddy’s membership application and none of the 900 members in MAA will support her membership. If anyone supports or tries to back her, MAA will also boycott them."
Sri Reddy, however, has been very vocal about the casting couch and sexual harassment in the industry. In a recent interview, she elaborated on one such incident with a producer's son, "He used to take me to the studio and he used to f**k me. He is the son of a top producer who is ruling the Telugu film industry. He used to force sex (on me). He would ask me to come to the studio and I said I will go only to talk, not for any sexual act. But after going there, he used to force (me to have) sex."
She even went ahead to say that North Indian girls in the industry get roles because they are willing to trade sexual favours for work. "For the last 10-15 years, we are only watching North Indian girls as the heroine. Why not Telugu girls? A lot of people are saying that these North Indian girls who are coming from the other states, they will give them sexual favours and all. That's the reason people are showing interest towards these North or other state women. That is the only reason they are getting roles; because they are flexible to everything, and Telugu women are not."
Well, she definitely has a lot to say about the North Indian actresses in the industry, including Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannaah Bhatia, Hansika Motwani, Rakul Preet Singh and Yami Gautam.
Images: News 18
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