Former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant Elli Avram has revealed her shocking experience with sexual harassment and bullying within the Bollywood industry.
Speaking to PinkVilla, AvrRam recounted how she was constantly put-down for her perceived shortcomings, “I was told I needed to lose weight. They said I’m short and I was told about my forehead and my teeth. One girl who was connected to Bollywood told me, ‘Oh, but sweetheart you can never become an actress because you’re too short. I choose not to listen to that. Within two months of me being in India, I felt I don’t have it. Some felt I looked old like an aunty because of my long hair.”
Avram also spoke about alleged sexual harassment, which she claims was also an issue when visiting the casting couch, “I had gone for a few meetings. I met these two directors who especially shook my hand and scratched it with one of the fingers. After that one meeting, I asked my friend about it. He was shocked and said, “Oh, no did he do that? Do you know what that means?’ I didn’t know and he told me that he wanted to sleep with me.”
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By Arjen Gill