Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, gathered around film journalist, Rajeev Masand’s annual round table with Alia Bhatt, Radhika Apte and Vidya Balan to discuss their career-defining performances this year as well as a wide range of social issues that are pertinent to Bollywood and India today.
In light of Balan’s Kahaani 2, that dealt with the subject of child molestation in India, Ms Kapoor opened up about a harrowing experience during her adolescence. The actor looked somber and even fragile while recounting her story. Her eyes brimmed with tears.
“It was traumatizing. I remember the incident so clearly. I was thirteen or fourteen at the time. I was shaking and shivering and then I started crying. I thought I did something wrong.”
Anushka Sharma also shared a similar story that happened to her childhood friend. “Parents don’t talk about it to their children because sex and girls’ sexuality is very taboo. It’s important to talk about it.” Sharma said.
UNICEF Representative, Louis-Georges Arsenault, released a statement in 2013 that states, “One in three rape victims (in India) is a child. More than 7,200 children including infants are raped every year; experts believe that many m one cases go unreported. Given the stigma attached to rapes, especially when it comes to children, this is most likely only the tip of the iceberg.”
Watch the Actresses Roundtable 2016 with Rajeev Masand below.