Hyderabad: Chinmayi Sripaada, the multi-talented singer, has been in the forefront of the #MeToo wave that hit the country in 2018. She was the first celebrity to come out with her sexual abuse story and named legendary lyricist Vairamuthu. Along with her, eight other women have named Vairamuthu as a predator. While the women continued to be shamed, Vairamuthu received opportunities to prove his prowess.

Chinmayi also shared a story where she called out Radha Ravi, President of Dubbing Union, that had several rules in place. He shunned her from the dubbing union as he shared a story of him abusing an anonymous person. After she called out these two people, she was out of work for almost a year. She filed a case against her ban in Dubbing Union and has gotten an interim stay.

In a recent interview, actress Radikaa, sister of Radha Ravi said that women like Chinmayi should be supported in this journey.

She said, “To each his own. It was Chinmayi who spoke about it after a very long time. The veracity of it was questioned because of the timeline. But what she has gone through is what she has gone through. It is for all of us to support what she has voiced out.”

When asked about people working with those who have been named as predators, Radikaa said, “That is not where we come in. It depends on each person’s perspective, on how they hire people. It is a tough road to travel and she has taken it. It will have challenges and it is for us to support and help them during this time.”

Chinmayi was happy on hearing Radikaa’s words and she continues to help people who open up to her about their sexual abuse.

Pranita Jonnalagedda

A features journalist who started writing because of her love for newspapers, Pranita Jonnalagedda is now exploring the digital space where she writes extensively on Telugu cinema. After fulfilling a childhood dream of working in the newspapers with brief stints in The Times of India and The Deccan Chronicle, Pranita is now a freelancing journalist who has contributed to several leading news portals like Film Companion, The News Minute, DNA, Telugu 360 and The Hans India among several others. Exploring her joint love for films and writing, she covers cinema in a holistic style and covers all the related trends, news, and fashion developments. An alumnus of Osmania University College of Arts and Social Sciences from where she pursued her Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism, she is travel blogging when she isn't writing.

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