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    Tollywood Has Unanimously Slammed An Actor Who Called Women "Fit For Sleeping With Men"

    Even though he's a veteran actor, Chalapathi Rao has been condemned by the Telugu film industry’s biggest stars. Other film industries, take note. *CoughCoughBollywoodCough*

    The objectification of women, and sexism in general, is a huge problem in film industries across India.

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    Despite its rampancy, members of the fraternity continue to get away with making films and statements that are blatantly derogatory towards females.

    It's an issue so prevalent, police officers in Tamil Nadu have actually spoken up about how misogyny in cinema has led to crimes against women.

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    Earlier this week, the audio launch for Telugu film Rarandoi Veduka Chudham was held in Hyderabad, and was attended by veteran actor Chalapathi Rao.

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    During the event, the host approached Rao to ask him about the film's tagline "Ammayilu Manashantike Hanikaram" (which loosely translates to "women are injurious to mental peace").

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    His blatantly sexist comment was greeted with laughter and applause by the hosts and the stars of the film.

    However, over the past few days, everyone involved with the project has stepped up to condemn Rao's remarks, including the film's producer, Nagarjuna.

    I always respect women personally and in my films/I definitely do not agree wt Chalapati rao's derogatory comments/dinosaurs do not exist!!🙏

    His son Chaitanya, who is the star of the film, also tweeted to say that he did not agree with Rao at all.

    Respecting women is a way of life for me.The reactions shown on TV weren't for the statement made.Do I agree with it ?Absolutely NOT !

    He claimed that the reaction of him laughing was from a different part of the event, and was just edited out of context by the TV crew.

    Lead actress Rakul Preet Singh said that she hadn't understood what Rao said at the event.

    Apologies 4 a late response 2 #ChalapathiRao comments!wish I understood d exact meanin of it then.I condemn it n my off stmnt wil b out soon

    Singh hails from Punjab, and Telugu isn't her first language.

    She proceeded to release a longer statement in which she unequivocally slammed Rao's flippant joke.

    The strong reaction from Tollywood's biggest stars is in stark contrast to what we've seen from Bollywood, where actors happily ignore, and even stand by, those being called out for their insensitivity.

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    The above photo was taken soon after Salman Khan’s controversial statement last year, where he said that he felt like a “raped woman” after shooting action scenes. Note how several A and B-listers stand by him nonetheless.

    More recently, Bollywood playback singer Abhijeet called a woman activist a prostitute on Twitter. Rather than denounce him, notable industry folk like Sonu Nigam showed solidarity with him instead.

    While some stars have been speaking out against Bollywood's sexism, there are a lot of people who continue to get away with the industry's full support.

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    Meanwhile, Rao has been booked by the cops after women's organisations lodged a formal complaint against the actor.

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