I have not been subject to anything which can be remotely said as casting couch:Padmapriya

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I have not been subject to anything which can be remotely said as casting couch:Padmapriya

Actress Padmapriya is one of the few artistes in Malayalam who does not shy away from bold characters or taking daring steps in her career.

She is also known to speak openly about her experiences and opinions, and for the past few weeks, many comments on casting couch and treatment towards women, attributed to the State Award winner were found on media platforms. Padmapriya now gives a clarification about the comments circulating in her name and says that she has not been subject to anything which can be remotely said as casting couch, all these years.

“The state of Kerala and Malayalam film industry has been like a home to me ever since I started my career as an actress. The audience, the government, my colleagues in the industry and the media all have accepted and acknowledged me. I am forever grateful to the industry and the state for what I am today,” says Padmapriya, who says that offers have come her way solely because of her ability as

 

an actor and the professional respect derived from her colleagues in the industry.

“Further, any person who goes through this unpardonable harassment will have to speak up for themselves. I cannot and will never vouch for a truth that is not mine. Hence, the recent statements reported in the media do not reflect my position on this issue, and are false and misconstrued. I strongly urge all and any media agencies that are reproducing such statements to refrain from doing so,” she explains.
The actress makes it clear that her public remarks on this issue is generic to her observations of the Indian film industry as a whole. “In my capacity as a cinema professional, I will strongly rally for a concrete recourse to be made available to all those who have claimed and may be vulnerable (men and women alike) to harassment or casting couch. We are all here to work and create art – let’s make that process equal, safe and dependable,” she winds up.

 

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