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HAVE BEEN HA­RASSED IN SOUTH IN­DIAN AND HINDI FILMS: AMYRA

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - CITY | ENTERTAINMENT -

Cit­ing an in­ci­dent, ac­tor Amyra Das­tur says that iron­i­cally she was made to apol­o­gise to the one who ha­rassed her

With the #Metoo move­ment gain­ing mo­men­tum in In­dia, now ac­tor Amyra Das­tur has come for­ward with her story. She has been a vic­tim of “ha­rass­ment” but as of now she doesn’t have the guts to name and shame them.

Amyra has shared screen space with ac­tors Saif Ali Khan, Em­raan Hashmi and Prateik Bab­bar in films Kaalakaandi (2017), Mr. X (2015) and Is­saq (2013), re­spec­tively. She also starred in Kung Fu Yoga (2017) with mar­tial artist and ac­tor Jackie Chan. The 25-year-old has also fea­tured in Tamil and Tel­ugu movies.

Did Amyra face the in­fa­mous cast­ing couch at any point? “To be hon­est, I haven’t faced cast­ing couch. But yes, I have faced 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.”

How­ever, she says that one day she will “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 a wave of change com­ing and their sta­tus won’t be enough to pro­tect them from Karma,” she says.

Cit­ing an in­ci­dent, Amyra re­veals, “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 couldn’t care less. I was con­stantly called early to set, made to wait for hours for my shot. I was made to shoot 18 hours a day, and I slept for 4-5 hours if I was lucky.”

The ac­tor says that ul­ti­mately “the pro­ducer” made her apol­o­gise to him “for my dif­fi­cult be­hav­iour (as I kept ig­nor­ing him)”.

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

Ac­tor Amyra Das­tur warns those who ha­rassed her, say­ing their sta­tus won’t be enough to pro­tect them from karma

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