After several celebrities names came out to speak about their unsavoury experiences, actress Amyra Dastur says she was one among them.
After several celebrities names came out to speak about their unsavoury experiences, actress Amyra Dastur says she was one among them. She says that she has been a victim of ‘harassment’ at the hands of ‘men and women’ herself. However, she says she doesn’t have the guts to name and shame them.
Asked if she had faced the casting couch or harassment in her celluloid journey, Amyra says, “To be honest, I haven’t faced casting couch in the south or Bollywood. But yes, I have faced my share of harassment in both industries. I don’t have the guts to name them because they are powerful people — men and women who made sure I felt helpless.”
She says one day she would ‘definitely name them’ “But until I don’t feel safe and secure, I won’t point fingers. They know exactly who they are and what they have done. What I will say for now is that they better stop their discriminating ways because there’s definitely a wave of change coming and their status won’t be enough to protect them from Karma,” she adds. Citing an incident, Amyra says, “I have had an actor rub himself against me during a shot in a song and whisper in my ear that he was so glad that I was in the film with him. When I threw him off and refused to speak to him again, he made my life miserable. My director told me to suck it up and honestly couldn’t care less. I was constantly called early to the sets, made to wait for hours and hours for my shot. I was made to shoot
18 hours a day, I slept for 4-5 hours if I was lucky.”
She adds, “To top it all, I was made to apologise to the actor for my difficult behaviour (as I kept ignoring him) by the producer.”
Amyra says that on another film set, the director would yell and scream at her every single day of the shoot. “Sometimes he would call me early to the sets, make me wait all day in my vanity van and then send an assistant director after 12-13 hours to tell me I wasn’t going to shoot. He told me I should be ‘grateful’ that he even picked me for this film,” she concludes.