A few weeks ago, actress Padmapriya found herself in the limelight when certain comments about the casting couch in Mollywood—which were attributed to her—began doing the rounds on the social media. Now, the star has issued a clarification on the matter. During a chat with a leading daily, she said that her comments were generic in nature and she has never really faced such a thing.
“In my capacity as a cinema professional, I will strongly rally for a concrete recourse to be made available to all those who have claimed and may be vulnerable (men and women alike) to harassment or casting couch. We are all here to work and create art – let’s make that process equal, safe and dependable,” added the actress.
Padmapriya also added that she is grateful to the Malayalam film industry for giving her an identity and considers the fraternity to be her family.
“The state of Kerala and Malayalam film industry has been like a home to me ever since I started my career as an actress. The audience, the government, my colleagues in the industry and the media all have accepted and acknowledged me. I am forever grateful to the industry and the state for what I am today,” she added.
Well, this is quite a strong clarification and should put an end to the controversy. On a related note, Padmapriya was last seen in the recently-released Hindi film ‘Chef’. Also starring Saif Ali Khan, it did not do well at the box office.