Telugu artist, Sri Reddy, who stripped and staged a protest on Saturday, demanding justice for not getting work in Telugu film industry, said that ‘Telegu girls’ do not get opportunities in the Tollywood industry. The incident took place in Film Nagar, where the artist removed her clothes and complained of not getting chances in the industry and women being exploited in Tollywood, gathering a huge crowd. Reportedly, the protest is not just against sexual harrasment but also against the Movie Artists Association (MAA) for denying her membership despite acting in two films.
In a statement to ANI, Sri Reddy said, “Telegu girls are not getting chances in the Tollywood industry. Some industry people are just using the girls and not giving them opportunities in the movies.” Following this, Banjara hills police reached the spot and urged the artist to file a formal complaint, to which Reddy refused and continued her protest. The artist’s antics had gathered a huge crowd following which she was asked to move from the spot.
Speaking to the media, Sri Reddy said, “So, if we come out (with the allegations), they call us prostitutes. I don’t know about others. I don’t speak about others. I have faced injustice. I have proof. They don’t come out because they are afraid of the proof I have. I still say the Telugu film industry is my family. I can reject them if they deny me justice.”
She further added, “All my parents’ shame has gone. I have taken off all my clothes. No family will be happy with this. But I have removed all my clothes and I am standing on the road in front of so many men. But I am not thinking about my family. I am thinking about girls. From the beginning I have been saying this: you have to sleep, you have to sleep, you have to sleep. You have to prostitute, you have to prostitute, you have to prostitute. How many days? How long? We have to do naked video calls. We have to take photos of our breasts and private parts and send. Don’t you elders feel ashamed to send messages like that? Heroes. Big stars. You fight on screen like big stars and you send messages like this. Don’t we know how you are in person?” ALSO READ: Telugu Artist Sri Reddy Strips, Demands JUSTICE For Not Getting Work
“She didn’t register complaint and was removed from the spot as she was creating a nuisance. We’ll take action after watching the CCTV footage,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Banjarahills, KS Rao told ANI. The controversial artist was in news earlier for alleging sexual exploitation in Tollywood and having controversial arguments on TV debates about “whores” and “brokers” in the film industry. Watch this space for further updates.
Inputs From ANI