Just the thought of being sexually abused is traumatising in itself. There are several movies that have a lot of rape scenes and we as an audience just watch the 2 1\2 hour film and walk out of the hall without taking anything from it. While the actual victims remain traumatised for months and sometimes even years, the remaining public, on the other hand, tends to take these instances for granted and forget about it. It is very easy to blame the victims but very difficult to be in their shoes.

Actors share their experiences while shooting for films that had rape scenes. In a conversation with entertainment journalist Rajeev Masand, actors such as Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, and Anushka Shama share their experiences while shooting for such scenes. “I was in depression when I did the scene of being molested in NH10. But at that time, you want it to be real. Especially in films like NH10 where you do not know where the camera is, you have to make it look realistic,” said Anushka Sharma.

“That time I was fine but I was emotionally very low for the next two days… Being punched, kicked in stomach and all that, I was just thinking how humans can be this way. We aren’t exposed to so much in life other than reading in newspaper. But to shoot such scenes are extremely traumatising,” she added.

Alia too shared her experience while shooting for the gang-rape scene in Udta Punjab. She talks about how she wanted the scenes to just get it done with. Alia says, “…..what’s happening inside is ‘I want this scene to get over. I just want this whole thing to get over.” She also feared to go to the set. “This has never happened to me but I used to dread that walk every day while getting out of my room and I used to love the walk every day when I’d be coming back to my room. Even though I love my work, it was weird to be in such a situation but what was even more weird was to pretend to be cool on set,” she added.

Sonam, on the other hand, talks about her personal experience where she was molested at the age of 14. “There was a man who came from behind and just held my breasts like that. And obviously, I didn’t have breasts at that time. I started shaking and shivering and I didn’t know what was going on and I started crying right there. I didn’t speak about it. I just sat there and I finished watching the film because I felt that I’d done something wrong for the longest time,” the Neerja star added.