Telugu Actresses Allege That Filmmakers Prefer Casting Heroines With Fair Complexion

Lawrence Kim
April 16, 2018

Controversial filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma took to Twitter on Saturday in support of actor Sri Reddy, who has cast a cloud on Tollywood by alleging rampant practice of the casting couch by many powerful men in the industry. "We do all that it takes for a director in the Telugu Film Industry to give us a chance". She was also labelled as a "slut" by fellow female artists. What followed, according to her, was nothing but threats.

Around 15 women started the Sthree Shakthi Movement on Sunday, April 15, and organized the first roundtable meeting to share their stories of sexual exploitation in Tollywood.

They sought help, and stated that until Sri Reddy's "dramatic confrontation", they had nowhere to go to talk about their issues.

In a gathering, where artists came together and spoke about how they sexually are exploited, Sandhya Naidu came in front and said something unbelievable. I was promised a few roles with commitment but after I slept with those guys they denied me the roles saying that I am dark-skinned and not that good looking. "Most of the characters I get are that of a mother or an aunty". Once they are back home and since WhatsApp has become popular, they are forced to chat with them. Besides this, conditions, while they are on location, are pathetic.

Ram Gopal Varma has come forward in support of Sri Reddy. Recently, when Telugu star and politician Pawan Kalyan was asked to comment on the whole thing, he said, "Rather than sensationalism, they should immediately go and file complaints with the police. Real truthful and honest women will only follow Sri Stree Shakti".

Meanwhile, she has got support from women's rights activists and other actresses in Hyderabad.

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