Samantha Akkineni on casting couch in South film industry; here's what she said
A few years back, Tollywood actress Sri Reddy made allegations about casting couch that prevailed in the Telugu film industry, and Samantha Akkineni was one of the actresses, who came out to speak about it
Many actresses have broken their silence and responded to the casting couch in public and media. Many Indian actresses like Radhika Apte and Marathi artiste Usha Jadhav have joined the list and narrated their horrifying experiences on the casting couch, in an international documentary titled ‘Bollywood's Dark Secret’, which was shown in BBC News.
The Family Man star Samantha Akkineni had also responded to the alleged casting couch issue in the film industry. Sam, who has been working in Telugu and Tamil movies, said, "I have been working for the past eight years and am willing to continue to act in the respective industries even after giving birth to a child."
The actress also stated that she had met several men with good characters in the film industry.
In fact, she has been married to her co-star Naga Chaitanya who also hails from the same film industry with a filmy family background.
However, Samantha hasn't completely ruled out the chances of casting couch in the film industry. The actress said there are a few bad people in every industry and not only in showbiz. She said she hadn't faced such issues in her debut movie Ye Maya Chesave, which was a blockbuster.
Samantha has also welcomed government's move and the MAA's decision to form a special cell to take up the issues on sexual harassment against women at workplace.