Khateja Qureshi | Published On: May, 26, 2023 | 02:51 PM
Megastar Kamal Haasan is currently busy with the shoot of his upcoming film Indian 2, a day before, the actor took to Twitter and expressed his support for the wrestlers’ protest against the WFI head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Wrestlers such as Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and others have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.
Quoting Kamal Haasan’s tweet, singer Chinmayi Sripaada asked him where was his support, when she was banned in the music industry after she ‘named her molester’
On Wednesday Kamal Haasan wrote, ‘Today marks 1 month of protests by athletes of the wrestling fraternity. Instead of fighting for national glory, we have forced them to fight for personal safety. Fellow Indians, who deserves our attention, our national sporting icons or a politician with an extensive criminal history? I stand with my champions. Wrestler’s protest’ (sic).”
Chinmayi reacted to Kamal Haasan’s tweet by saying, “5 years of a singer in Tamil Nadu being banned for naming a molester right in front of their eyes and not a pip about it since the poettu has their respect. How does one trust politicians who speak for women’s safety while they ignore harassment right under their noses? Just. Asking. Now while my timeline will blow up with abuse, shouting and yelling imma gonna exit. Buhbye (sic).”
5 years of a singer in Tamilnadu being banned for naming a molester right in front of their eyes and not a pip about it since the poettu has their respect.
How does one trust politicians who speak for women’s safety while they ignore harassment right under their noses?
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) May 25, 2023
She further tweeted, “Needless to say there is soooo much anger. So many Kamal Haasan supporters ask me the same survivor-shaming questions that those opposing our Indian wrestlers have said. The playbook to shame women who name powerful molesters is the exact same… I had all the right to question an actor, who is now a politician to clean up the yard he artistically ruled and it make the space safer for women like me to speak up. Not be incarcerated for it. It was a simple ask. My case has been going on and on and on since November 2018 with multiple people from the Film Industry shaming me for speaking up…”
Chinmayi was one of the first women from the film industry to open up about her Me Too story after she shared a thread on Twitter about the sexual abuse she faced over the years. She called out lyricist Vairamuthu for sexually harassing her, when the two were in Switzerland for a concert titled Veezhamattom in 2005.