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Have faced harassment in Bollywood and south film world: Amyra Dastur


With actress Tanushree Dutta opening the floodgates for the #MeToo movement in India, leading to several celebrated names coming out to speak about their unsavoury experiences, 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.

The 25-year-old actress has also featured in Tamil and Telugu movies like “Anegan”, “Manasuku Nachindi” and “Raja Gadu”.

Asked if she had faced the casting couch or harassment in her journey, Amyra told IANS in an e-mail interaction: “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.”

The #MeToo movement in India started after Tanushree in September recalled an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss” in 2008.

After that, a slew of controversies surrounding Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath have emerged.

The #MeToo movement began in Hollywood last year with The New York Times reporting multiple sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. It led to the opening of a Pandora’s box of complaints against celebrated personalities like Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey.

Earlier this year over 82 film personalities from Hollywood led a powerful women’s march on the red carpet of Cannes International Film Festival.

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Sudheer Babu signs a New Film


Young actor Sudheer Babu desperately needs a massive hit to make his place prominent in Telugu cinema. Though he has been doing interesting films, none of them made some decent box-office figures. He is currently busy shooting for Shamanthakamani in the direction of Raj Aditya which is said to be a multi-starrer. Nara Rohit, Aadi and Sundeep Kishan are the other lead actors in the film which will release later this year.

Sudheer Babu recently signed a film for Trikoti who earlier assisted SS Rajamouli. Trikoti made his debut with Dikkulu Chudaku Ramayya and he impressed Sudheer Babu with a script. Amyra Dastur has been roped in to play the female lead in the movie. The regular shoot of the film is expected to start later this year and more details to be announced soon.

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Mahesh wishes his sister on her Directorial Debut


Superstar Mahesh Babu is occupied with the shoot of Spyder which is in final stages. AR Murugadoss is the director and the movie is being shot in Telugu and Tamil simultaneously. Rakul Preet is the female lead and Spyder will release all over during August this year. Mahesh shares a close bonding with his siblings and he prefers to spend time with them when he is on a break. His sister Manjula tested her luck as an actress and as a producer in the past.

After a short break, she is back and is all set to make her directorial debut soon. Sundeep Kishan, Tridha Choudhary, Amyra Dastur are playing the lead roles in this romantic entertainer and the movie will be launched officially with a pooja ceremony today in Hyderabad. Superstar Mahesh took twitter to wish his sister all the best on her directorial debut. Radhan will compose the music and Ravi Yadav will handle the cinematography. Manjula along with Gemini Kiran will jointly produce the film.

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Bollywood actress to woo Sundeep Kishan


Young actor Sundeep Kishan, who is gearing up for the release of Krishna Vamshi’s Nakshatram, will soon team up with Mahesh Babu’s sister Manjula for a romantic entertainer which marks her directional debut. Premam fame Sai Pallavi was supposed to come on board for this film.

According to the latest update in DC, Sai Pallavi opted out of the project due to a packed schedule. It is now learnt that Bollywood diva Amyra Dastur has been roped into to play the film’s leading lady. Amyra is just four films old in Bollywood. She is currently busy with a Tamil film.

The makers of Manjula – Sundeep Kishan film met Amyra recently and she had a brief narration. Impressed with the role, she quickly jumped on the board. Gemini Kiran, who produced Nani’s Majnu, will produce the film.

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