Leading actress Amala Paul who worked with Susi Ganesan in Thiruttu Payale 2 has supported Leena Manimekalai who recently alleged that the filmmaker sexually harassed her in a moving car.
Amala said that despite being a leading actress, she was subjected to double meaning talks, misrepresented offers and unchivalrous bodily contacts on the sets of Thiruttu Payale 2. The actress also added that she can imagine can this episode happened to Leena from a man who has a twisted set of moral values and utterly low respect for women.
“I support Leena Manimekalai's allegations and can imagine this episode happening with her, from a man who has a twisted set of moral values and utterly low respect for women. She being an aspiring director could have made her an easy target for such an incidence to take place. Me too despite being the leading actress for Thirutupayale2 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 through. I applaud her for the courage she showed by narrating her ordeal on a public platform. In our emerging economy and ever expanding female workforce, this behavior is rampantly occurring everywhere, in all trades and industries”, said Amala in her statement.
Susi Ganesan’s wife Manjari said today morning that Leena Manimekalai is a #MeToo fraud and people should think before supporting her. Amala mentioned that men like Susi Ganesan treat their wife and daughter differently. “These men treat their housewives and daughters different, but when it comes to their colleagues they don't miss a chance to show an upper hand and take advantage”, said Amala.
In her statement, Amala also said: “This is one of the main reasons, we Indians are unable to unlock our true potential either in creative, service or spiritual industries. We have heard a lot of cases from the spiritual and creative industries. But true change will come when service and unorganized sectors are also heard for their #metoo ordeals. It's high time that government and judicial benches device out a system to address these issues of our society and not let the female workforce of future subjected to such harrowing #metoo incidents”,