Actress Lekha Washington has shocked industry folks by accusing a deceased director of seeking sexual favours from her for getting an offer to star in his directorial venture.
Lekha, who has starred in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films, is a typical Chennai girl but hasn’t found the right footing in Kollywood. Her last Tamil film was the 2013 average hit film Kalyana Samayal Saadham opposite Prasanna. In fact, she hasn’t had any film releasing since 2014.
The 29-year old actress recently shared her experience in tinsel town during a chat with a scribe. “I have been an actress, an artiste and run a company on my own. Thanks to the continued patronage of friends and family members, I am able to multi-task many things and do them with aplomb. I have seen biased attitude in the industry on many counts but have ensured that it never affected me.
“I live life on my own terms and bother least about what others may think of me. It’s not an easy task being an actress. I have also seen some terrible things happening to me. Once a popular director took me in his car and told me that he would cast me as heroine in his next film. He asked me as to what I would ‘do’ as a return favour. Though I could understand where he was ‘driving at’, I posed as if I didn’t understand.
“Without wasting a minute, the director told me that he wanted me to have ‘fun’ with him in the bed. I told him that I didn’t need his film offer and that I would never agree to his condition. He appeared shocked at my rejection and attempted to pacify me but I didn’t relent. Later, I came to know the director passed away out of cardiac arrest during a shooting schedule abroad after reportedly taking too much Viagra. This is a classic example of Karma,” smiles Lekha.