Yet another Indian actress sexually harassed

Yet another Indian actress sexually harassed

NEW DELHI - Actress Sruthi Hariharan Saturday accused prominent south Indian actor Arjun Sarja of "lewd and complete unprofessional behavior" with her during the shooting for a bilingual film in 2016.

The actress, who has essayed roles in several Kannada films, in a post on her Facebook page praising "#metoo" movement has shared about the incident that left her "startled" and took a while for her to "recover".

Sarja, a multi-lingual actor, has said he is pained by the allegation and would file a case.

Narrating the incident that she alleged happened in 2016, Sruthi said, she was shooting for a bilingual film which starred Arjun Sarja, a man whose movies she grew up watching, and was excited about the opportunity.

"The first few days seemed normal, I played his wife in the film and that day we were to do a romantic scene where we had to hug each other after a brief dialogue. During the rehearsal, we delivered our lines and Mr Arjun hugs me. With no forewarning or permission, he runs his hands intimately upand down my back," her post said.

"He pulls me closer with my body taut against his and asks the director if we could use this idea of foreplay in the scene. I was aghast," she said in the post.

Sruthi said she was all for depicting realism in cinema, but this felt "absolutely wrong." "His intent seemed anything but professional.

I hated that he did it and angry that I didn't know what to say then,"she said, adding that every actor she has worked with before and after Arjun Sarja, have never resorted to this.