In an interview with The New Indian Express, Actress Lakshmy Ramakrishnan questions if there is even any real change in the industry today. Especially after young actors speaking against se- -x- -ism, films with lead female actors being written about by critics. She feels not much has changed and said, “I refuse to believe that a film sells because of its hero. In recent times especially, I’ve seen a lot of actors speak out against se- -x- -ism, and reviewers write about underwritten female roles.
She, in fact, recounts a personal experience, when a Malayalam film director made advances at her. She recalled, “There was a leading Malayalam director — a man who has made films in Tamil too — who tried to make se- – x – ual advances at me. When I refused, he made it a point to insult me on the sets. He shouted at me in public and harassed me by deliberately making me redo some scenes more than 25 times. I demanded an apology, and things took a nasty turn. Such men exist across the cinema industry, but we don’t really speak about them.”
“Recently, a guy who was sent by a director, came to my apartment to discuss a project. As the discussion went on, he slowly spoke about making ‘adjustments’. I thought he was talking about adjusting my dates, but I was shocked to realise that he was talking about something else. Needless to say, I ushered him out,”. Chakkara Muthu, Pranayakalam, July 4, Novel, Violin, Pianist, Jacobinte Swargarajyam are the movies of Lakshmy Ramakrishnan in Malayalam.
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