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Chimayi Sripada's blistering reaction to Vichitra's allegations on Balakrishna

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 • Telugu Comments
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Chimayi Sripadas blistering reaction to Vichitras allegations on Balakrishna

In a deeply unsettling revelation, veteran Kollywood actress and former Bigg Boss contestant, Vichithra, has brought forth alarming casting couch allegations against Tollywood's esteemed actor, Natasimha Balakrishna. Recounting her ordeal, she disclosed how a prominent actor recommended her for a role in a Telugu film being shot in Malampuzha.

"He never asked my name but asked me to come to his room. It was a huge shock for me", shared Vichithra. "That night, I went to my room and slept. From the next day, I started facing a lot of issues during shooting".

Describing the situation on the set as "nightmarish", she revealed that the atmosphere became increasingly uncomfortable, with inebriated crew members banging on her door. Thankfully, Vichithra's husband, the general manager of the hotel where she was staying, took discreet measures to change her room daily, shielding her from the inappropriate behavior of the film crew.

Responding to these disturbing revelations, Singer Chinmayi Sripada, who was a pioneering voice in the Me Too movement, vehemently addressed the casting couch culture prevalent in the industry. Her reaction was scathing, expressing her frustration with the system that seems to protect abusers.

Chimayi Sripadas blistering reaction to Vichitras allegations on Balakrishna

In a powerful post, Chinmayi remarked, "Even when said immediately - there is no use. In this land, politicians will support abusers". She emphasized the unfortunate reality that those who commit abuse often go on to enjoy success and fame, citing examples like the Anu Malik and Alisha Chinai case.

Chinmayi questioned the efficacy of industry associations in curbing such behavior, pointing out the lack of support systems for those who need help. She expressed her dismay at the pervasive culture of abuse and highlighted the need for empathy within the industry, especially among women who may have experienced harassment.

The singer also underscored the importance of survivors sharing their stories on their own terms, emphasizing that no one has the right to dictate when and how they should speak out. Drawing attention to the historical acceptance of abuse in the industry, Chinmayi mentioned instances of directors proudly admitting to mistreating actresses.

In a final thought, she hinted at the broader issue of abuse within the industry, suggesting that the stories of mistreatment extend beyond casting couch incidents to encompass the treatment of associates and assistant directors. Chinmayi's impassioned response underscores the urgency for systemic change and a collective effort to create a safer, more respectful environment in the film industry.

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