Tanushree Dutta has opened up the floodgates for the #MeToo movement in India, and many people have now got the courage to speak up about sexual harassment and misconduct. The latest to speak up about having faced harassment is Amyra Dastur.
The actress, while speaking to IANS, said, "To be honest, I haven’t faced casting couch in the south or Bollywood. But yes, I have faced my share of harassment in both industries. I don’t have the guts to name them because they are powerful people - men and women who made sure I felt helpless.” She went on to add that one day she would “definitely call them out on it”.
“But until I don’t feel safe and secure, I won’t point fingers. They know exactly who they are and what they have done. What I will say for now is that they better stop their discriminating ways because there’s definitely a wave of change coming and their status won’t be enough to protect them from Karma,” added Amyra.
Amyra went on to refer to an incident and said, “I have had an actor squeeze himself up against me during a shot in a song and whisper in my ear that he was so glad that I was in the film with him. When I threw him off me and refused to speak to him again, he made my experience miserable. My director told me to suck it up and honestly couldn’t care less. I was constantly called early to set, made to wait for hours and hours for my shot. I was made to shoot 18 hours a day; I slept for 4-5 hours if I was lucky.”
Having faced all of this, Amyra was also asked to apologise to the co-star. “To top it all, I was made to apologise to the actor for my difficult behaviour (as I kept ignoring him) by the producer,” Amyra added.
Narrating another separate incident on another film's set, Amyra said that the director yelled and screamed at her every day. “Sometimes he would call me early to set, make me wait all day in my vanity van and then send an assistant director after 12-13 hours to tell me I wasn’t going to shoot. He told me I should be ‘grateful’ that he even took me for this film,” concluded Amyra.
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