'Meet me for other things', actress alleges TV executive made sexual advances

'Meet me for other things', Tamil actress alleges TV executive made sexual advances
Varalakshmi Sarathkumar. Pic/Twitter

Tamil film industry actress Varalakshmi Sarathkumar on Monday evening made an explosive tweet about a meeting with the programming head of a leading TV channel who 'misbehaved' with her.

Sharing her experience on Twitter, the actress wrote, "I was in a meeting with the programming head of a leading TV channel. Towards the end of the half hour meeting, he asked me, 'So when can we meet outside?' To which I replied, 'Regarding some other work?' He said, 'No... for other things'.

'Meet me for other things', Tamil actress alleges TV executive made sexual advances

"I hide my shock and anger and tell him, 'Sorry, please leave'. His last words were 'So, that's all?'," Varalaxmi wrote in a note which she shared on her Twitter page.

She says the common reaction from people -- both within the industry and outside of it -- when they hear such things, is that they assume the film industry is like this.

"My response is this. I didn't come to the industry to be treated like a piece of meat or to follow the standards of exploitation of women already practiced. I love acting; it's my profession of choice. I work hard and I'm good at my work. I don't want to choose the option of 'put up with it or quit it'," she said.

She says men should be taught to not disrespect women.

"I am an actress. It does not mean that just because I lead a glamorous life on screen, that I deserve to be spoken with disrespect. It's my life, my body and my wish. No man should assume he can get away with disrespecting me," she wrote.

She wants women to be treated equally with men.

"Instead of lecturing women on what to wear, how to speak, and how to behave appropriately, how about we stop telling our men to stop thinking with their genitals, and start look women as strong, free, capable and equal human being. Teach the men to be better people. Every parents need to start this at home," she added.

Read the tweet here

Another actress Sri Rupa Manjari, supported her saying that she too wanted to vent it out!

Her revelation came just after Friday's incident where a Malayalam actress was allegedly kidnapped, molested and driven around for two hours before being thrown out of her car in Kochi.

Here's what Twitter had to say

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