Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 14 (PTI) A day after criticising Malayalam actor’s body AMMA, senior south Indian actress Revathy Sunday came out with a clarification on a comment she had made on the the experience of a minor girl during the shooting of a film years ago.Also Read - Quit AMMA on my own, claims actor Dileep
In a press note, Revathi said, the incident, which she mentioned, had happened 25 or 26 years back and not in recent years as some people were projecting it to be. Also Read - Dileep's resignation from AMMA has been accepted,says Mohanlal
The ‘Kilukkam’ actress also made it clear that the girl, who had sought her help was not sexually or physically assaulted. Also Read - Women in Cinema Collective making 'childish' allegations:AMMA
The actress-director came out with a clarification after many people had criticised her silence and a man reportedly filed a police complaint against her for “hiding” the incident all these years.
While detailing the necessity to make the film industry a safer place for women, Revathy had said in the press meet called by Women in Cinema Collective in Kochi Saturday that, a 17-year-old girl had knocked at her doors, pleading to save her during the shooting of a movie.
The meet was to expose the alleged apathetic stand taken by the leadership of the Association for Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) against the young actress who was abducted and molested in her car in February, 2017.
“On that night, at around 11.30 PM, a 17-year-old girl, whose identity I do not wish to disclose, came running to my room and knocked on my door,” Revathy said.
She had said that some one repeatedly knocked at her door asking her to open and she did not know who it was.
This happened in spite of her grandmother staying with her, Revathy said adding she asked her to come inside the room and locked the door.
“The girl was scared and I was also equally scared and both of us waited out that night in fear. No sexual or physical assault actually happened. That is an incident which has always troubled me all these years,” the senior actress said.
Revathy said she had shared the experience since she did not want such incidents to be repeated in the industry any more.
“Though a lot of people might think it was a trivial issue, it was a traumatic experience for me and that girl.
No one should dare to come and scare a young artist into submission,” she said adding that she did not have the courage to go and confront whoever was out there that night.
The WCC members including Revathy Saturday had criticised AMMA and its leadership for allegedly showing “bias” against the assaulted actress and supporting actor Dileep, the accused in the sensational case.
A platform of women actors, directors, script writers and singers of the Malayalam industry, the WCC was launched soon after the shocking actress assault incident, to ensure gender justice and safeguard women’s rights in the film world.
The WCC members have been on the warpath since the actors’ body had decided to reinstate prominent actor Dileep, who was arrested on charges of conspiracy in the actress assault case and later released on bail.PTI LGK JRK ROH ROH
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