Actor Bhavana Menon, a sexual assault survivor, was welcomed on stage with a thunderous applause on the International Film Festival of Kerala. The actor lit the lamp with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and different artists.
This was the actor’s first public look on Saturday in Kerala, for the reason that 2017 sexual assault on her, when she was kidnapped by a gang of males within the automobile whereas coming back from work. The case is being heard by a court docket presently and among the many accused is fellow actor Dileep.
Actor Bhavana can also be set to start capturing for a Malayalam film, first time for the reason that 2017 sexual assault. The shoot is anticipated to start in May. The actor has featured in Kannada motion pictures, however stayed away from Malayalam motion pictures.
“The message is very clear that we have to fight and Bhavana has nothing to hide or be ashamed of. She is a professional and has this space,” IFFK inventive director Beena Paul, additionally among the many founding members of Women In Cinema Collective, informed NDTV.
The collective, shaped by girls artists after the 2017 sexual assault case, is to voice and propagate girls’s rights within the cinema trade.
“Bhavana is a public figure and has owned the responsibility to say she won’t hide. The message is clear for many other survivors, who may not be in such influential positions”, Beena Paul added.
In January, the actor took to social media to announce that she would proceed her journey and expressed hope that justice would prevail.
“This has not been an easy journey. From being a victim to a survivor. For 5 years now, my name and my identity have been suppressed under the weight of the assault inflicted on me. Though i am not the one to have committed the crime, there have been many attempts to humiliate, silence and isolate me…,” the actor had written.
She added that she was “thankful to some who stepped up to keep her voice alive and that she would continue her journey, to ensure justice prevails, wrongdoers are punished and no one else would go through the same ordeal”.