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Tollywood sex racket in US: Sri Reddy, Anasuya Bharadwaj open up about sexual exploitation

Jun 19, 2018 19:26
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Inspired by the women of Hollywood who started and have made #MeToo a global campaign against abuse of women by men in power, the Telugu industry now has its own version of calling out sexual abuse and misuse of power.

It started with TV anchor-actress Sri Reddy accusing Telugu film producer Suresh Babu’s son, Abhiram Daggubati, of allegedly forcing her to have sex with him among other things. Reddy had earlier staged a protest by stripping to expose the casting couch in Tollywood. After making serious claims of rape and sexual abuse, Reddy even admitted that she was enticed into prostitution by Telugu producer Modugumidi Kishan (alias Sreeraj Chennupati) and his wife Chandra in the US. 

The NRI couple Kishan and Chandra’s prostitution racket was busted by the US authorities. Soon after, names of other Telugu actresses also came to fore. The authorities revealed that the racket was running in Chicago and Illinois involving young actresses from Tollywood.

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The racket was busted in late April, but it is being widely talked about only after federal agents of Homeland Security Investigations filed a 42-page criminal complaint against Telugu film producer Kishan Modugumudi and his wife.

Confirming her involvement with the prostitution racket, Reddy revealed to a media channel that she was too approached by the couple and that they have coordinators in Hyderabad. She said, “They will arrange visa and everything else for you. Artists are paid anything between $1000 and $10,000, depending on their popularity.” 

Another actress Sanjjanaa Galrani commenting on the racket to a leading daily said, "Fact is that it is not a new thing going in the US. Mostly it is C or D-grade artists, doing supporting roles in films... they fall into this trap. Sometimes they are asked to come for a dance performance, where they are lured with more money. Other times its mutual agreement also."

Anchor-actress Anasuya, also opened up about her encounter with the couple and told a leading daily, "I haven't visited the United States for a long time. I attended an event with music composer Devi Sri Prasad way back in 2014. In 2016, Sreeraj contacted me from his American number, asking me to attend a Telugu association event. I was uncomfortable with the way he spoke. He was talking about making a commitment. I refused to attend the event. Despite my refusal, he put my picture on the poster. I tweeted saying I have nothing to do with the event."

A famous name in the Tollywood industry, lyricist Shrestha also told a leading magazine about the sexual exploitation in the industry. She spoke about a producer’s wife once asking her to meet his (husband’s) sexual demands. She said, "I had to postpone my career because of a few bad experiences. Many people have openly suggested to me that I won't be able to make a name for myself in the industry only with my writing. I have learned over the years that it's not just men but also women who unabashedly perpetuate such things."

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Jun 19, 2018 19:26
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