Actor Dhanush’s latest film, Vada Chennai, has been receiving good reviews from both the critics and the audience alike. The film is directed by Vetrimaran and features Aishwarya Rajesh, Ameer and Andrea Jeremiah in other important roles. It is a gangster drama set in north Chennai with Dhanush playing the character of a carrom player. In the light of the ongoing #MeToo movement, in which women across industries are calling out men for sexually harassing them, a Vada Chennai actress also made a statement. Also Read - Sherlyn Chopra Reveals Her Casting Couch Experience, Says Offering Dinner Means 'Come to me Baby'
Andrea, who plays the character of Chandra in the film, talked to Behindwoods where she was asked to comment on the casting couch in the industry and whether she has faced it or not. The actress, who was also seen in Kamal Hassan starrer Vishwaroopam II recently, said that it does happen in the industry but she hasn’t faced it. Andrea further added that women should learn to say no if powerful men from the industry are asking them for sexual favours in lieu of work. She also said that women who agree to compromise pave difficulties for women who say no to such influential men. Also Read - Malayalam Director Kamal Accused of Sexual Harassment, Calls it 'Planned Propaganda'
Andrea said, “I’ve never experienced casting couch myself. If I date a guy, it is only because I like him and vice versa. I am an actor, and I know other actors who have never had a casting couch experience. It also depends on the vibe you give off to people. If somebody meets me, they will know that his girl means business”. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein, 68, Gets Coronavirus in Prison Serving 23 Years of Sentence For Rape And Sexual Assault
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Adding that “casting couch is not just a man’s fault”, she said, “It is important to say this because we blame the other side always. If women are not willing to sleep for work, then they won’t ask for it. A woman should have the confidence and say ‘I believe myself and I won’t sleep with anyone’. Then casting couch will not exist. If they don’t have that confidence and compromise, men are also humans. And this makes it difficult for women who don’t want to compromise”.
Andrea went on to say, “Take me for an example. I don’t come from a film background. I don’t have any producer’s influence. I’ve made my mistakes. I worked my way up. I work with big directors. I work with good actors. I act in female-centric films. And I do all this, without ever indulging in a casting couch experience. Because I believe in hardwork, talent, and blessing. It is possible. It may take more time, but it’s possible”.