Sri Reddy's campaign on 'sexploitation' gains momentum, 15 artists rally behind her

Sri Reddy's campaign on 'sexploitation' gains momentum, 15 artists rally behind her

On Sunday a round table debate on "Sexual and financial exploitation of women in Telugu Film industry" in the city where upcoming actresses spoke against casting couch. There are sad stories behind each women artiste in the industry.

Another actress Apoorva alleged, "We are working in film industry due to lack of employment".

"The same men in the industry who deny us roles during the day, saying we are fat and dark- skinned, approach us at night asking for our nude and sexy pictures". Most often, they end up without a role.

The message from junior artistes in Tollywood was loud and clear. What followed, according to her, was nothing but threats. This was what around 15 junior artistes echoed while sharing with the media what they have had to endure. While the managers ask us to use the caravans of the stars, we are not allowed and are treated like worms.

Artist Sandhya Naidu claimed that she is regularly offered the roles of an aunt or a mother.

The budding actress, who has accused a few big names of Tollywood of sexploitation, claimed that the "Film Nagar" area should be rechristened "red-light area" while demanding the industry to give more opportunities for local actresses.

Ram Gopal Varma has come forward in support of Sri Reddy. Drawing parallels to the life of Samrat Ashok, RGV said, "Those condemning @MsSriReddy on how she can project herself as a social activist now, when in her past she did such deeds and language she used, are not realising that a change of heart is what made even the tyrant king Ashoka great".

It may be noted that RGV is first high-profile member of the Telugu film fraternity to express solidarity with the protest of Sri Reddy, which has remained in the spotlight for over a month now. "This will go on till our demands are met", she said.

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