Actress Taapsee Pannu, recently, found herself in the middle of a controversy after she made some remarks on the way Telugu filmmaker K. Raghavendra Rao portrays actresses in his films. Taapsee was part of a stand-up comedy show in Mumbai where she made these remarks about how the filmmaker was obsessed with the midriff of an actress and having fruits and flowers thrown at it. This irked few Telugu viewers and film buffs, who hit back at Taapsee with some strong remarks.
Taapsee has, however, found support from few of her colleagues in the industry in Amy Jackson and Ileana D Cruz. Amy recently, in an interview, said that she wouldn’t encourage such things and would hit back those things whatever were hit at her.
“It’s horrific! I want to request makers to please stop this. I guess it’s in the Telugu industry. I have definitely not gone through this and I am glad I didn’t. Because if someone did that to me, I will throw the coconut right back at them. They would never do that to me because they know I am like this. Also, I have been really fortunate and have worked with some great directors and good co-stars. Not every actress has been in this situation. But being in such a situation is horrible. I would hate to have to deal with that,” Amy Jackson told a leading daily.
Another actress who also is against such practice is Ileana D’Cruz who has experienced such things during her stint in Telugu film industry. “My first South film was with YVS Chowdary, he considers K Raghavendra Rao his guru, and is known to film such scenes. So yes, in my first Telugu film, there was this scene where I had a porcelain shell dropped on my belly, in slow motion. And it was fairly big and heavy. My ab muscles hurt so much. I was 18 then and I had no idea what I was doing and why it is considered sexy. There would be so many shots and close-ups so often. It’s been 11 years, and I still don’t understand what goes into filmmaking at all. I am comfortable having people tell me what to do. As far as the flowers, coconuts, and all are concerned, it’s horrible. They used to call me Nadumu something which technically means hip something. Now, I have to thank them because I was ragged for the longest time for having big hips, and they kind of made me look at myself and feel: that’s not bad,” said Ileana.