Actress Sri Reddy who stripped will get no membership, says film association

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A day after Telugu actor Sri Reddy held a semi-nude protest outside the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce, alleging sexual exploitation by some unnamed filmmakers in Tollywood, the Movies Artist Association has now hit back.On Sunday, the association said that a collective decision had been taken after Sri Reddy’s protest, to deny her a membership, as well as boycott her films.

However, her act has not gone down well with the film industry and her landlord. While Tollywood decided to not give her a Movie Artist Association (MAA) membership, her landlord asked her to vacate the house.

In a Facebook post, Sri Reddy said that her landlord has asked her to vacate the house. She called him ‘narrow-minded’.

On Saturday, Sri Reddy had taken the extreme step to draw the attention of the people and media. She stripped in public in front of TV cameras to protest against what she called a discrimination against Telugu actresses in the Telugu film industry.

Sri Reddy claimed that Tollywood filmmakers pay in crores for Mumbai-based actresses, while local talent, who are willing to work even if they pay in lakhs, are being overlooked. She also opened up on sexual exploitation.

The actress claimed filmmakers asked her to send nude photos and videos as a precondition for roles in their movies. “They see the videos and give no roles. They have even asked for live nude videos from me. That is the extent to which they go to take advantage of women who seek roles,” Sri Reddy was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Sri Reddy earlier levelled serious allegations against director Shekar Kammula. She accused him of taking advantage of heroines and exploiting them.

Shekar Kammula hit back, saying that the actress’s accusations were false and that he was going to deal with the matter legally.

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