When Telugu actress Sri Reddy decided to open up about her experience with the casting couch in Tollywood, little did she know that it would be the beginning of a change in the way her film industry treats women.
Sri went topless in front of the Movie Artistes Association to make the organisation listen to her demands.
Following Sri Reddy, several supporting artists including Sandhya Naidu, K Apoorva and Sunitha Reddy spoke about their experience in the industry.
Recently, Sri Reddy organised a press meet, in which Sandhya Naidu, who has been working in films for the last 10 years, said, "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 was transparent."
Another actress, Sunitha Reddy, revealed that they were forced to change clothes outdoors.
She said, "We have to change clothes outdoors and relieve ourselves outdoors. While the managers ask us to use the caravans of the stars, we are not allowed and are treated like worms. They use crude language and ask us not to lurk around."
At the press meet, Sri Reddy said that her protest against the casting couch will continue.
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