It has been a tough journey for techie-turned-producer Neelima Tirumalasetti, whose latest production Alias Janaki released on July 26, admits facing gender discrimination on a daily basis in the male-dominated film industry. She is one the few women producers in the industry and she well about why there are less women in this field.
"Gender biasness is something that is inbuilt into the human genes and mind. In a male-dominated industry, it is omnipresent. I face it every single day. Even during the making of Panja, I was acutely aware of this inequality," Neelima told IANS. "It's a male dominated industry and there is a certain stigma associated with it. I think it will slowly change as it's an evolution process," she added
In a span of two years, Neelima has learned to survive. She also feels that more than a creative person, producers are usually seen as moneybags. She said, "Don't believe in anyone! There are a lot of empty promises being made here. Believe in yourself." Continue to read Neelima's interview in the slideshow.