Actor Sandhya Naidu: They call me ‘amma’ at the shooting spot and ask me to sleep with them at night

At a press meet organised by Sri Reddy, Sandhya Naidu spoke about her tryst with harassment

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Actor Sandhya Naidu: They call me ‘amma’ at the shooting spot and ask me to sleep with them at night

During a press meet organised by Sri Reddy, actor Sandhya Naidu opened up about her tryst with sexual harassment and said that many in the industry call her ‘amma’ but make indecent advances towards her. She added that once a person even went to the extent of asking her if she was wearing something transparent.

“Most of the characters I get are that of a mother or an aunty. They call me ‘amma’ at the shooting spot in the morning and ask me to come and sleep with them at night. One of them asked me what I was wearing and if it is transparent,” added the actor.

This is a shocking revelation and it is bound to ruffle a few feathers. In case you did not know, casting couch in Tollywood has become a keenly debated topic because of the actions Sri Reddy. A few days ago, she had stripped in public and claimed that many producers/directors ‘exploit’ local girls and then refuse to give them work.

“They see the (intimate)videos and give no roles. They have even asked for live nude videos from me. That is the extent to which they go to take advantage of women who seek role. They give roles to actresses imported from Mumbai or others places, whereas we local girls are only sexually exploited on the promise of being given roles,” she had said.

Following the protest, she was barred from MAA and also asked to move out her rented accommodation. However, following the NHRC’s intervention, the ban was lifted. Sri Reddy has also been in the limelight because of her war of words with actor Rakul Preet. The Kick 2 star had denied the facing casting couch in her career. And, for some reason, this did not go down well with Sri Reddy who accused her of playing it safe in order to avoid missing out on lucrative offers.

    Anonymous

    please dont stop speaking out

    Anonymous

    Filmdom is a world of big bad wolves where rape and assault is rampant.

    Anonymous

    So much hate for people who are standing up for justice for a kid who was brutally raped and murdered! You bring other cases, other countries, other religion to justify and get defensive. Wow you are the kind of people who rape in real life. Calling other country worse doesn’t make you any better. How progressive you guys are was evident during Padmvat promotions. Making shila or munni doesn’t make a country progressive

    Anonymous

    India is a unprogressive and backward country where no woman is safe.

    Anonymous

    Lol! Who you are trying to fool? India is a backward country where girls are killed before birth, raped in public transport, raped in day light, sold to another state, killed for dowry, denied of bacis right. Your xenophobic nature is beyond words.

    Anonymous

    Muslim or christian card will bring instant reaction from bollywood and politicians

    Anonymous

    Bollytards will only make movies and talk about feminism. When they are pulled up for the horrible sexism/colorism inherent in their industry, they will go silent and start defending each other.

    These poor, brave women! Thank you for your courage!

    The silence from the Telugu Film Industry is deafeningly loud about where they stand on women’s rights issues.

    Anonymous

    respect to Sri Reddy garu, it takes more than guts to talk about the casting couch issue. It happened many times in the past but is taken note of it only when she went nude, this is how bad the situation is. had she filed a complaint will see in news couple of days and its forgotten and thats the reason she took such an extreme step. All these so called ”heroes” ”stars” what the hell are they doing. If its happening in their industry why no one is coming forward to sit and talk and resolve, As an audience I am confused with their silence….are they silent because they or their family member do the same or are they scared of someone to talk about it?. glad that its been addressed and hope they dont stop here and bring strict laws and regulations

    Anonymous

    Where are Bollywood Siculars now ? No Placards ? Ohhhhh I see , the victim is not a MUSLIM…..

      Anonymous

      Absurd statement. Frankly I’m disappointed at Pinkvilla for displaying this post. Do you honestly think that Asifas death was shocking and soul destroying because of her being Muslim??? Freak!

        Anonymous

        Definitely not. Rape is to be condemned and all rapists must be given the most stringent punishment. But the issue here is, why are there no celebrity rallies around rapes of Hindu girls?

          Anonymous

          because this is not rape. Without consent is rape, with consent is not. You should have seen her posts provoking posts from before, she wanted to get attention and roles in that way, but failed, sour grapes. Why don’t just go to auditions and wait , why resort to sexual favours and then blame. Both sides are to blame. Before nay bashing towards me, I am a woman too and I know people make advances in all fields, I faced such things too, but it’s up to me to say yes or no. That’s the point I am saying. ASIFA rape is brutal, don’t even compare this to that and bring religion into this.

            Anonymous

            Do not indulge in victim bashing. Your being a woman gives you no right to blame a victim who was forced to give sexual favors for work. And her past actions DOES NOT take away the merits from her case. Thank God you are no judge in a court of law!
            Every human has a right to work and that work must be given solely on the basis of merit. Anybody in a position of power who misuses his authority and seeks sex in return for work must be stringently punished. There are no ifs and buts about this.

          Anonymous

          What about the Nirbahya (sorry if I misspelt) case. That caused uproar worldwide and she wasn’t Muslim! You people just need an excuse to Muslim bash. The heartbreak after this horrific crime is totally justified and while some continue to make this political, the rest of us are empathetic at what that poor baby went through and it kills us just to think about. The sickos behind this shouldn’t be referred to as Hindus as it’s a beautiful religion and they have made a mockery out of it. Criminals should not be allowed to hide behind any religion weather it’s isis, kkk or Hindu extremists.

      Anonymous

      i agree.. bollywood only reacts if the victim is muslim

    Anonymous

    I wonder if the bollytards will take a stand for her..

    Anonymous

    Yes I agree, If whe was a muslim, there would be feminists rallying with candles in their hands..
    I am sure Bollywood has its own trash pit, and it must be bigger than probably any other movie industry in the world..but no one will raise to take off the lid of the Pit, because they all are scared and they all wanna be in good books of everyone !

    Anonymous

    when will Bollywood start? who will be the first brave one? When kangy mentioned HR the whole of the industry and his PR labelled her mad, psycho and what not.

    Anonymous

    This is horrendous. I’m appalled at the shameless behavior of the bigwigs. It need to be condemned at the highest levels

    Anonymous

    As much as it happens in Bollywood, in south film industry the chauvinism and mistreatment of women is so blatant and rampant. India will have its #metoo moment and movement. One day…

    Anonymous

    Dont see our beloved Bollywood stars standing with a placard for this one? This is ALSO an outrageous abuse against women people ! Where is your sense of social justice now ?

      Anonymous

      If only she were muslim

        Anonymous

        If only you are a human being.

        Anonymous

        you guys just cannot leave religion alone can you? There was a huge outrage over nirbhaya, was she a muslim?

          Anonymous

          Then why was the name of a Muslim juveline Muhammed afroze not mentioned …he also got new identity and a job and was always referred to as an ‘accused’……why HIDE names of Muslim culprits then….they are referred as ‘Accused’ but not Hindus……..These Bollywood stars should be sent to ‘backward’ Muslim countries…..let’s c how these idiots survive in those unprogressive countries…..

    Anonymous

    Wow. More should come oout. Please name the people. Dont spare them.

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