The talk on everybody’s lip is the serious sexual allegations being made under the hash tag #MeToo in the social media. Tamil film personalities including Vairamuthu, Radha Ravi and John Vijay are facing shocking charges from women.
While Vairamuthu has responded by saying “spreading wrong information on popular personalities is becoming a trend across the country. I am being insulted continuously. This too is one among them. I am not bothered about anything which is not true. But time will tell the truth”, the allegations are not stopping. In fact, singer Chinmayi, who is spearheading the movement, has called the lyricist a ‘liar’.
This is not the first time for Tamil film industry to undergo a situation like this. In the past too, similar charges were made against (or by) popular personalities and Mykollywood.com takes a look at them.
The Telugu actress hit the headlines a few months ago when she made sexual charges against a host of personalities in Tollywood and Kollywood.
In a shocking post on Raghava Lawrence, she said, “I got to know Lawrence master through sm of my frds,that day we met in lobby in golkonda hotel, masabtank..he took me to his room..after I entered into the room I saw a guru raghavendra swami photo nd some rudrakshas nd all..I felt wow..after that he started the conversation that he came from a poor family and he like to help to newcomers nd all,I started to trust him..he said he is giving shelter to the many poor children..I was impressed..but slowly slowly he showed his true color..he asked me to show my belly,that nd this..strange part is stand nd tempt ur self in the mirror,do some romantic moves,do romance with the mirror..wats wrong wt him).. after dat he did a ride on .. ..he said immediately ur offer is confirm..but end part is very sad..I continued the friendship for some time,but bellamkonda became a villain in it..#tamilleaks.”
On Murugadoss, she said, “Hi Tamil director murugadas ji..h r U??U remember green park hotel?? we met through veligonda Srinivas..U promised me a role.But we had lot of …, till now u didn’t offer me anything..U r also a great person sir..”
On Srikanth, she said, “5years bk I guess hope u remember the celebrity cricket league party in Hyderabad at the park hotel..i love the way u eat ****** u promised a role when we dance together in club..u remember ??#tamilleaks.”
Following this, even as South Indian Artistes Association general secretary Vishal was said to be planning strict disciplinary action against Sri Reddy for her wild accusations on film celebrities, the association’s treasurer Karthi asked her to approach the police or court with ‘enough proof’.
Kollywood was in a state of shock, ever since intimate, personal and obscene pictures, videos and messages
of popular celebrities popped up on the Twitter page of singer Suchitra.
There were shocking materials and claims about Dhanush, Anirudh, Amala Paul, Selvaraghavan, Andrea
Jeremiah, Chinmayee, Hansika, Trisha, Rana Daggubati, Sanchita Shetty and Anuya.
While Suchitra said that her account was hacked by someone who is technically strong, many, including
her husband Karthik Kumar (both had filed for divorce, it was reported) felt that she was in a state of depression.
Meanwhile, a complaint was lodged on her behalf with the Cyber Cell of the Central Crime Branch of the
Chennai City Police.
Earlier this year. Amala Paul had made a serious allegation- that a man had sexually harassed her. And the police had immediately arrested him.
The series of events started when Amala walked into Mambalam police station and filed a complaint, that she was harassed when she was at a dance school in T Nagar on Wednesday.
As the news spread, media personnel thronged the station in large numbers. The actress, who came out of the police station, told reporters that the man used to talk with her when she was alone during the practice session for a ‘women empowerment show’ in Malaysia.
“He talks about trading me, sexually, to another person, and asks sexual favours, which was not comfortable. I was shocked and humiliated,” she said.
Accompanied by police officers, she added: “I didn’t feel safe about this and that is why I have come here, to file a complaint against him.” The actress also said that the police were very helpful and promised action.
Actress Sanusha had alleged that when she was inside an air-conditioned coach of the Maveli Express that runs between Mangaluru Central and Thiruvananthapuram, she woke from sleep to found a man rubbing his hand against her lips.
“I opened my eyes as I felt something against my lips. I was shocked to see a man’s hand. I held on to his hand and twisted his fingers. I tried reaching out to a person in the berth below me for help but he didn’t bother. I was shouting but no one cared to respond. This happened around 1.10 am. Just two people, scriptwriter Unni and another passenger, Renjith, came forward to help,” she said.
Stating that she wanted others to take heart from her example in such situations and fight it out, the actress added: “I want to reveal myself and speak up because I want this to be an encouragement to other women to act when they are in such situations.”
Based on a complaint from Sanusha, the Thrissur railway police had arrested accused Anto Bose under section 354 IPC for outraging the modesty of a woman.
Varalakshmi Sarathkumar alleged harassment from a TV channel official early in 2017. She said in her social media feed that the programming head of a leading TV channel made unwanted overtures to her during an official meeting. When she got the glimpse of his intentions, she said she immediately asked him to get out.
“A common reaction from people, both in the industry and outside when they hear things like this is to say, ‘film industry is like this. You knew so when you joined,” she said.
She added: “Why complain now or act supposed?. My response is this, I didn’t come to the industry to be treated like a piece of meat or to follow the standards of exploitation of women already practised.”
“I love acting. It’s my profession of choice. I work hard and i’m good at my work. I certainly do not want to choose either option of ‘put up with or quit,” she said.
“If we don’t act now ‘safety for women’ will be just a dream and we will never remove the word rape from our society. I will not stay silent. I urge all my sisters and friends to do the same. You are not alone,” she stated.