Here's how Nithya Menen counters sexual harassment
New Delhi: Popular south Indian actress Nithya Menen says she is against sexual harassment and that she has a different way of countering it. She chose not to be a part of a grouping as she prefers to fight it "silently".
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The women in Malayalam film industry started raising their voice against sexual harassment at workplace even before we heard voices from the West bringing down the heavyweights from power.
When an actress got abducted in Kochi and it emerged that it was allegedly masterminded by Malayalam superstar Dileep, it laid the foundation of Women in Cinema Collective. The body headed by actress Parvathy and women behind the scenes such as director Anjali Menon, identify the problems faced by women in the Malayalam film industry and explore ways to address them.
In a previous interview, Nithya had stated that she had never faced sexual harassment. But after reading about women from Malayalam cinema getting assaulted and some of her fraternity members forming a collective, didn't she feel like joining them?
"I completely understand the thing that people are facing. I do everything possible to counter it. Just because I am not doing it one way, doesn't mean that I am not countering those things or I am not against it. I am, but I have a different approach," Nithya replied after a long pause during a telephonic interview with a newswire.
"I believe that my way is only through my work. The way that I work and the kind of things that I do, the way that I approach people when I am working... all of this gives a strong message to people that I am working with, and to people who are watching my films.
"I have the same view as everybody else, but I prefer doing it my way. I don't think that somebody is doing anything wrong or I don't want to be a part of it. I am very much part of it. It's just that I have a different way of countering the whole thing," she added in the interview from Thiruvananthapuram, where she will be shooting for the upcoming Malayalam film 'Kolambi'.
The actress also said that she walked out of a film when someone associated with it was accused of sexual misconduct. "I do it, but I do it silently. I have said 'no' to a film because of something like that," said Nithya.