The #MeToo storm that first struck Bollywood has now rocked Sandlwood with actress Sruthi Hariharan accused one of the biggest stars of South India Arjun Sarja of sexual harassment during the shooting of the movie ‘Vismaya’.
In an interview with Sudha magazine, a Kannada weekly published Deccan Herald group, she said everything was normal during the initial days, but during a rehearsal for a romantic scene, Arjun Sarja hugged her without permission, ran his hands intimately up and down her back and pulled her closer.
Asserting that actors area lso having rights in their workplace, she said that when a romantic scene is written before it is acted, a rehearsal happens which requires a verbal consent of what needs to be done. “I was scared to reveal names but I am not anymore. I feel liberated and more stronger now,” she says. This is the first instance in Sandalwood where an actress has named the “perpetrator”.
Recently, another actress Sangeetha Bhat had levelled allegations against some “top directors” but she refrained from naming anyone. Vismaya was the 150th film of multilingual actor Arjun Sarja, where Sruthi was the female lead. This is the second time that Shruthi revealed a #MeToo story. Last year, she levelled allegations against a Tamil producer, who demanded sexual favours to cast her as the female lead his next venture.