Independent filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has shared a shocking incident happened to her when she used to work as a TV presenter. Last year, when a popular Malayalam actress was abducted, Leena actually shared this story of how filmmaker Susi Ganesan harassed her in 2005.
Leena says that in 2005 after an interview with Susi Ganesan, she waited outside the studio for auto and the filmmaker invited her to get into his car so that he can drop her on the way. However, Susi is said to have snatched her mobile and threw it somewhere in the car.
“He pressed the center lock button of the car, snatched and threw my mobile. Susi Ganesan threatened me to come to his house and I was petrified,” said Leena who politely asked, begged and shouted at the filmmaker to leave her. “Later, the small knife which I had in my handbag helped me and finally, Susi Ganesan allowed to step out of the car. I didn’t tell this story to my family members because they wouldn’t have allowed me to go to work. Further, I also felt that Susi Ganesan might put a full stop to my career with his influence,” recalled Leena. Though Leena shared this post in 2017, no one from the film industry has taken this allegation seriously.
I am gathering courage to write more of my experiences.Let me start with https://t.co/9G1IKtuGis director who locked me up in the car when I started as a television anchor is Susi Ganesan.Hope more voices join me to be heard. #metoo https://t.co/GKPaJCQ4Df
— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) October 14, 2018
Actor Siddharth who has been constantly supporting the #metoo movement through twitter encouraged Leena by sharing her post.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 15, 2018
Meanwhile media said that Susi has been filed a criminal case against Leena Manimekalai. On seeing the news the Independent filmmaker said that she would love to face these kind of liars legally.
#metoo சுசி கணேசன் என் மேல் கிரிமினல் கேஸ் போட்டிருப்பதாக மீடியாவில் flash செய்கிறார். முதலில் கோர்ட்டில் நம்பர் ஆகட்டும். நோட்டீஸ் வரட்டும். Let me then quash it. இவனை மாதிரி பொய்யர்களோடல்லாமல் நேரடியாக அதிகாரத்தோடு போர் புரிவதும் தான் எனக்கும் பிடிக்கும்.
— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) October 17, 2018
Following this tweet Siddharth replied her with a shocking revelation. He said that Director Sushi Ganesan has spoke to his father and threatened to stop supporting Leena.
He wrote “
#SusiGanesan spoke to my aged father on the phone and threatened us with dire consequences if I continue to stand by Leena. So I just want everyone to know that now more than ever… I Stand With #LeenaManimekalai. Stay strong and fight the good fight sister! #MeToo #TimesUp”
#SusiGanesan spoke to my aged father on the phone and threatened us with dire consequences if I continue to stand by Leena. So I just want everyone to know that now more than ever… I Stand With #LeenaManimekalai. Stay strong and fight the good fight sister! #MeToo #TimesUp https://t.co/aMNfxXm46M
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 17, 2018
Check out some of the reactions for this shocking statement from Siddharth :
ஸ்ரீரெட்டிக்கு சித்தார்த் ஆதரவளிக்காதது ஏனோ
— சுதா அகிலன் (@AK_Sutha) October 17, 2018
— Vijay Doli (@VjDoli) October 17, 2018
— Aries Senthil (@aries_senthil) October 17, 2018
— vicky (@vigneshMarine) October 17, 2018
I don’t know if #MeToo will help the #Survivor anyway! But it’s definitely gng to build a better environment for women who wants to be in media and cinema industry “kai vekkanumnu nenaikuradhuku munnadi idhelam kannu munnadi vandhupooguma illaya?” @Chinmayi pic.twitter.com/EX17ifwtfD
— sivagami (@sivamathisiva) October 17, 2018
Summa irunthiruntha..thalaikku vanthathu thalappagaiyoda poyirukkum..Now he assured that he committed the crime. 🤦♂️
சொல்லீட்டு நேரா எங்க போவ?! எவளையாவது கூட்டிட்டு பீச் ஹவுஸ் போவ..! #Soha_alikhan கூட நீ நடத்துன லீலைகள் எல்லாம் வெளிய தெரிஞ்சா நீ நடமாட முடியுமா நாயே?!
— Arjun (@Arjun_maddie) October 17, 2018
I just love u more den ever…
Be how u r.
U r d ideal 4 others.nd love d way u r.👍
— Anu Nayak (@Anu_Nayak03) October 17, 2018
release that threatening audio call , then i too will support u
— SATISH (@poc_satish) October 17, 2018
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