Tollywood 'Me Too' campaigner protests semi-nude at Artists Association office

Ismael LynchApr 08, 2018

Sri Reddy, an upcoming 27-year-old actress and crusader against the casting couch malady in Tollywood, the Telugu film industry, was arrested on Saturday for stripping in front of the Film Chamber of Commerce office at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. She also claimed that actresses from Andhra are not getting enough work in Telugu films. Popular South actress Raai Laxmi, who made her Bollywood debut with the film Julie 2, also spoke about how the likes of Harvey Weinstein are a common occurrence in the Indian film industry.

Earlier, she had posted a Facebook post shedding light at the distress of young and aspiring Telugu actresses who fall prey to sexual exploitation at the hands of top filmmakers who prefer "imported" actresses from Mumbai over the local talent.

Sri Reddy episode is taking weird turns. The Tollywood film industry has, however, denied all her allegations. They asked her to send nude videos promising film roles.

Sri Reddy alleged filmmakers did not honor their promises even after giving in to their demands. She says, "They see the videos and give no roles".

Telangana Today reported, "We reached the spot soon after receiving information and shifted her from there".

Telugu actress
Sri Reddy. Screengrab from YOYO TV

She also demanded the formation of a Movie Artists Association exclusively for women, "There is no grievance redressal committee in the present association". She didn't name anyone though. Sri Reddy said that she would prove Rakul wrong before the national media. I live by my CHARACTER and die by it.

However, on being asked if she has personally encountered any such situation, she said that she met quite a few but she knew how to handle the situation diplomatically and walk out.

Sri Reddy mentioned that no roles are given to Telugu girls in the film industry. "We'll take action after watching CCTV footage". The actor said she was not afraid to fight legally as she has proof to back all her allegations.

Sri Reddy, who has been speaking about the casting couch in Tollywood, caused a stir by sitting semi-naked on the road in front of the office in Filmnagar.

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