TV presenter-turned-actress Sri Reddy goes topless protesting casting couch in film industry

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The actress staged a topless sit-in outside the Movie Artistes’ Association (MAA) headquarters demanding justice

The Hush Post: Taking her protest against alleged casting couch menace in Telugu film industry to the next level TV presenter-turned-actress Sri Reddy literally took a bold step on Saturday by publicly going topless.

She staged a sit-in outside the Movie Artistes’ Association (MAA) headquarters demanding justice. The MAA headquarters or Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce’ are situated in in Film Nagar. Sticking to her stand of not budging till she gets a solution, she did what many could not have thought off. She stripped on the road, and sat bare-chested in protests. E Times reported on Sunday.

“This is the only way I can get them to listen to me. I have had to strip myself nude in front of several people in the film industry who promised work. Yet, I got no roles. I have been shouting from the rooftops about the injustice that has been meted out to me and to several other women in the film industry and yet, I have not got any response from MAA. So I have decided to strip publicly,” Sri Reddy was quoted as having said.

Soon, there was a chaos both outside MAA headquarters from where Sri Reddy was taken away, and on social media, which played live the whole episode. A majority of netizens came out in full force, to judge, shame, blame and joke about the “Sri Reddy striptease”.

“For the first time oka ammai pai na GOURAVAM poyyi ASAYYAM vestundhi” (For the first time, I have lost respect for a woman and feel disgust). For God’ sake plz leave this industry #SriReddy (sic),” a Twitter user commented.

“There are many ways to protest and sort these things out but the manner in which Sri Reddy has protested is disgusting,” another social media user posted.

“Just because she’s a woman, it doesn’t mean she is holier than thou. Of course, casting couch exists in all film industries, but I have serious doubts about her allegations. What this lady is speaking is not as noble as it sounds,” said Sunitha Krishnan, social activist Sunitha Krishnan, said the actress doesn’t deserve any sympathy for her protest.

But even as Sri Reddy is being labelled and judged and her protest is being dismissed as a publicity-seeking ‘stunt’, it can’t be denied that there is something more than just rankling about what she’s saying and doing, the report said.

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