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A few months ago, actress Sri Reddy stripped in public and made a few shocking claims about the Telugu film industry. During her protest, she said that casting couch is a reality and added that several top producers exploit local girls. She also claimed that they prefer casting girls from Mumbai in their films and ignore the local talent. Thereafter, she levelled a host of allegations against the likes of Nani and Koratala Siva and this left everyone in a state of shock.
As expected, her actions grabbed a lot of attention. While actors Karthi and Vishal asked her to provide proper evidence to back her claims, actress Andrea Jeremiah backed the feisty lady and said that her actions were commendable.
"If what Sri Reddy saying is true, then it takes a strong heart to reveal it. I've never faced any allegations like that, but if someone faces things like that, saying it openly is correct and the people behind this should be punished," - (sic) she added.
Now, noted actress Meena has commented on the casting couch row and indirectly supported Sri Reddy. While speaking on the matter, she said that women often face sexual harassment and added that they should rely on their talent alone, while striving to reach greater heights.
"It's very unfortunate that sexual harassment is happening in all the fields. Though I haven't faced it, Such tortures used to exist in our times as well. Men should change at least now. Such people need to keep in mind that they have wife and children. Even Women should rely only on their talent to reach greater heights," she added.
Well, these are some strong words and they might create a great deal of buzz in the industry.
On a related note, Sri Reddy has made it clear that she plans to continue highlighting the evil practice of casting couch. Recently, she had said that Tollywood is controlled by a few families and hence there is no room for new talent.
"In Telugu, the audience will watch and encourage the films featuring big heroes. Only four film families are ruling the entire industry. That is the reason why Tollywood is the worst of all. Also, the industry does not encourage any new talent. However, in Chennai, even the small-budget films are getting recognised," she had added.
She had also revealed that she is working on her biopic.