S Murari, October 16, 2018
The Tamil Film Producers Council has decided to go into allegations of sexual harassment of women at workplace following an allegation made by singer Chinmayi against song writer Vairamuthu.
This has been stated by Vishal, actor-producer and general secretary of the Tamil Film Artistes Association, popular known as Nadigar Sangam.
As the Nadigar Sangam is not equipped to handle such complaints, the producers’ council will set up a committee of three women to handle them, Vishal has announced.
He has said: “I am always against sexual harassment of women. It’s time women in our industry speak up. I totally respect Chinmayi and Tanushree Dutta (a television actress who has accused actor Alok Nath of rape)”
Vishal has said:”As a producer and actor, I believe in assuring women utmost respect and safety in work place. If anyone has been victimized, neither my production company VFF nor I will stand for it”.
He has, however, said women should inform the association as soon as it happens. Both Chinmayi and Tanushree Dutta have complaints about incidents that happened decades ago.
Vishal has recalled that when actress Amala Paul faced a similar situation in a dance rehearsal at a function in Malaysia, she “informed us and Karthi (actor and another office-bearer) and I took immediate action to help her”.
The Telugu film chamber has created a mail id: firstname.lastname@example.org. It has said even anonymous complaints will be heard.
This came after actress and TV presenter Sri Reddy stripped in public in Hyderabad last April to bring to the attention of the public the casting couch in the industry.
In a statement on Sunday, she accused a Telengana Rashtriya Samithi legislator A. Jeevan Reddy of sexual harassment. In a Facebook post, she said she had met Reddy in a luxury hotel in the posh Banjara Hills and he offered her roles in a film. But, Reddy had denied knowing her, saying I have neither met her nor spoken to her”.