Sri Reddy, say informed sources in the Telugu film industry, is just the tip of the iceberg. The leading men of Telugu cinema, especially the married ones, are running scared, not knowing what will hit them.
Says a well-informed source from the Telugu film industry, “Promiscuousness and seeking sexual favours is so rampant that it can be considered the norm. Heroines are frequently signed on the condition that they will sleep with the director or heroes. So far it has an accepted form of behaviour in the Telugu entertainment industry. Disclosure was never an option. Now that Sri Reddy has let the cat out of the bag, there is fear that the MeToo movement has reached Andhra’s film industry before it has reached Bollywood.”
A lot of the powerful hero-filmmaker’s lobby is worried about who will speak up next and name and shame the culprit. “Many heroes and filmmakers in Andhra can’t even begin to guess who may speak up as they’ve been doing this (seeking sexual favours) from so many victims. Where do they start to recall the list of their supposed conquests?” said the source in the know.
Apparently the list of chronic-favour seekers includes some of the biggest names in the Telugu film industry. And they all fear someone or the other will now do a Sri Reddy on them.