Was Samantha Akkineni a victim of casting couch? Here's what she said
First Published 11, May 2020, 7:06 PM
Last year, 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
Since the #MeToo movement, many actresses across every film industry are slowly breaking their silence and responding to the issue in public and media.
Radhika Apte and Marathi artiste Usha Jadhav also joined the list and narrated their horrifying experience on the casting couch, in an international documentary, titled Bollywood's Dark Secret, which was featured in BBC News.
Telugu superstar Samantha Akkineni also acknowledged 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."
Samantha Akkineni also stated that she had met several men with good characteristics in the film industry. In fact, she has been married to her co-star Naga Chaitanya who also hails from the same film industry.
However, Samantha hasn't completely ruled out the chances of casting couch in the film industry. The actress said that there are a few bad people in every industry and it’s 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 the government's move and MAA's decision to form a special cell to take up issues on sexual harassment against women at workplaces.