Following her major role in Kollywood’s Me Too movement that swept the industry recently, Chinmayi was frozen out, not only was her dubbing career stalled but also her singing career.
A veteran who has been singing for movies since 2003 in mainly Telugu and Tamil movies, Chinmayi revealed to the Hindu that before she became the face of the #MeToo movement, she would regularly record 3 songs a day, and now she has had no opportunity to lend her voice to any future soundtrack. The nine movies she crooned for this year all were recorded before the start of the movement.
On her dubbing career, that started in 2006 with Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, she said that she had signed to do two Tamil films before Hero, but they were canceled following her expulsion from the Dubbing Union. Her last Kollywood dubbing performance was 96, in which she dubbed for Trisha Krishnan.
Chinmayi took to twitter to express her gratitude to Hero’s director Mithran, who debuted in 2018 with the highly successful Vishal starrer Irumbu Thirai. She said, “After an uphill battle and after a year and some days — I dub in a Tamil film (Not counting Oh Baby’s dubbed version). I know how PS Mithran worked around with the Dubbing Union and Mr Radha Ravi. Thank you, Mithran. You and the producer are my heroes.”
Despite the struggles she has faced recently, Chinmayi is still championing womens rights and is continuing to help victims of sexual abuse seek justice. For more on Chinmayi’s opinions on the Me Too movement, be sure to check out her interview with us on our YouTube channel.