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Tumhari Sulu actor Vidya Balan said on Friday that we should name and shame those who sexually harass others. “I think people who have suffered this only know what exactly does it feel like when you’re really in an uncomfortable situation. When someone just rubs or touches you with his hand, sometimes I get really angry. So I think in that sense, there are a lot of degrees in sexual harassment.”
“I am very glad that people are talking about it now. Women are talking about it and they should talk about it because it is not their fault. We should name and shame those who are sexually harassing others, undoubtedly,” she told media persons here during a promotional programme for her upcoming film Tumhari Sulu.
After the Harvey Weinstein controversy led to disclosure of sexual harassment cases in Hollywood, prominent actors such as Irrfan Khan and Richa Chadha have opened up about the casting couch in the Hindi film industry.
Vidya, along Neha Dhupia and RJ Malishka stars in the upcoming slice of life drama that releases on November 17. They recently released a rehashed version of Mr India song “Hawa Hawai”, which originally featured Sridevi.
Vidya said that Sridevi liked the song. “After watching the song, Sridevi told me, she found me very cute in the song and she found the song lovely, especially the way we did it… (was) very happy with it. I don’t want to say much, but it would be better if you ask her because I can only tell you this much.”
She also said that the response to the movie has been great but she finds it difficult to talk about compliments which she got from the fraternity. “I always had a problem with this thing.. I am little hesitant to express someone’s words. Someone sent me a message or told me personally… hopefully quite a few people will turn up at the screening, it would be better if you asked them but so far the response has been good,” she said.
“There is a lot of excitement for the film because we got a fabulous response for the teaser and then we got an even better response for the trailer. And now you watch the film which is even better. We’re excited and promoting the film like anything and still, we are not tired at all.”
Vidya also said that she relates a lot to her Tumhari Sulu character, since, as an actress, she can’t participate in radio contests. “I can’t call to participate in radio contests, because people know me and they would never give me a gift. Sometimes I do feel like calling as I’d have really interesting and mad answers, so yeah, at times I do feel like calling and participating in the contests.”
Tumhari Sulu, directed by Suresh Triveni and produced under the banners of T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment, releases worldwide on November 17.