After the shocking abduction and molestation incident of a popular Malayalam actress, an actress from the Tamil film industry says she was asked for “other things” by the programming head of a leading Tamil TV channel after a meeting, in a reference to sexual favours sought.
One can only imagine the state of other female actors in the industry, if despite being the daughter of a popular actor and politician, R Sarathkumar, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has been subjected to such treatment.
In a post on Twitter, Varalaxmi, who has acted in movies like Tharai Thappattai, Poda Podi, says she had a meeting with the programming head at the end of which he asked if they could meet outside. When she asked him if it was regarding some work, he shrugged and said “No... for other things.”
The actress in total shock asked him to leave for which the person’s response was “So.. That’s all.”
The actress wrote in the post that a common reaction from people both in the industry and outside when they hear things like this is to say, “Film industry is like this. You knew when you joined. Why complain now or act surprised.”
Varalaxmi went on to say that harassment against women happens across industries, economic strata, cultures and age and that as a woman she sees only one choice - to resist and speak up.
Needs to be said..!! pic.twitter.com/GjJimBIKd3— varu sarathkumar (@varusarath) February 20, 2017
A popular Malayalam actress was abducted and reportedly molested by a gang who also shot objectionable pictures of her. The incident has triggered nationwide anger with many venting out against such harassment.