Faced ha­rass­ment in Bol­ly­wood and south film world: Amyra

Khaleej Times - City Times - - YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOLLYWOOD -

TANUSHREE DUTTA HAS opened the flood­gates for the #Metoo move­ment in In­dia, lead­ing to sev­eral cel­e­brated names com­ing out to speak about their un­savoury ex­pe­ri­ences. Amidst this, ac­tress Amyra Das­tur says she has been a vic­tim of “ha­rass­ment” at the hands of “men and women” her­self. How­ever, she says she doesn’t have the guts to name and shame them.

Amyra made her act­ing de­but in Bol­ly­wood with Is­saq in 2013 and was later seen in Hindi films like Mr. X, Kaalakaandi and Kung Fu Yoga, which was also dubbed in Man­darin and English.

Asked if she had faced the cast­ing couch or ha­rass­ment in her jour­ney, Amyra 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 says 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 def­i­nitely a wave of change com­ing and their sta­tus won’t be enough to pro­tect them from Karma,” she added.

Cit­ing an in­ci­dent, Amyra 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.”

The ac­tress, who started her ca­reer at the age of 16 as a model, says ul­ti­mately she was made to apol­o­gise to the ac­tor.

“To top it all, I was made to apol­o­gise to the ac­tor for my dif­fi­cult be­hav­iour (as I kept ig­nor­ing him) by the pro­ducer,” she said.

Amyra says that on an­other film set, the di­rec­tor would yell and scream at her ev­ery sin­gle day of the shoot.

“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.”ians

I don’t have the guts to name them be­cause they are pow­er­ful peo­ple... Amyra Das­tur

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