#MeToo India: Amala Paul Breaks Her Silence!!

In solidarity with the movement!

Keeping the momentum going for the ongoing #MeToo movement, actress Amala Paul has shared her experience with sexual misconduct. Corroborating director Leena Manimekalai’s story of sexual misconduct from director Susi Ganesan’s side, the actress shared a statement elaborating on why it was exhausting for her working with the director for the film ‘Thiruttu Payale 2’ that released this year.

“Despite being the lead actress for Thiruttu Payale 2, I was subjected to double meaning talks, misrepresented offers and unchivalrous bodily contacts. This pretty much made my experience of shooting TP2 a mentally fatiguing one. I can totally understand what she could have been subjected to,” she wrote.

Further, Amala also narrated how she was slut shamed by him and his wife this afternoon when she spoke to them on the phone today. “Just got the shock of my life! @DirectorSusi & @sgmanjari called &I picked up to explain the stand.While I was trying to pacify his wife; Susi strted abusing me&to my surprise his wife strted laughing&they both joined to slut shame me. De feel de can scare me with dese tactic [sic].”

Last week, poet and independent filmmaker Leena Manimekalai, who has been vocal about the ongoing #MeToo movement in India, spoke up about her own experience with Susi Ganesan, narrating her ordeal from 2005. Taking to social media, she shared how he had forced her to come to his house after she accepted a lift from him.

It was 2005 when Leena, as a television anchor, had interviewed the filmmaker when he offered to drop her on the way in his car. Soon enough, he snatched her phone from her, locked the doors of the car, and forced her to come to his house.

“He pressed the lock button of the car, snatched and threw my mobile somewhere inside. Susi Ganesan threatened me to come to his house and I was scared. Later, the small knife which I had in my handbag (I always carry one since college) helped me and finally, I was able to get out of the car. I didn’t tell this story to my family members because they wouldn’t have allowed me to go to work anymore. I was also afraid that a known filmmaker like him might end my career using his influence,” she narrated in a series of tweets.

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