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Artiste Vinay Varma asks students to ‘remove clothes or get out’, arrested


Daijiworld Media Network - Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Apr 24: In the recent past, leading ladies from the film industry had accused actors, directors and producers involvement in ‘casting couch’ through the ‘Me too’ movement and the disclosures on many top names in the industry had created a massive storm. Yet another incident has struck the film fraternity when Vinay Varma, who allegedly asked his students to strip naked as part of an acting exercise. He has been let out on bail on Tuesday for outraging the modesty of a woman.

On Monday, Vinay Varma, who runs the theatre group Sutradhar, purportedly asked his students to remove their clothes after closing the windows and doors as part of an acting workshop. Though the boys in the group removed their clothes, a 21-year-old woman based in Hyderabad was shocked when she was also asked to remove her clothes. Later she informed her parents about the incident and they approached a women’s rights activist and the SHE Team – a police team working for the safety and security of women.

The case was transferred to Narayanaguda police station after the woman’s complaint. Vinay Varma was arrested on Tuesday and let out on bail later on the same day.

The accused was booked under section 509 of IPC (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) based on the complaint. Two more charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, under 354 A and 506 of IPC, were added later.

According to web portal The News Minute, the women said, “After we finished doing meditation, he walked in, closed the windows and doors, and asked us to remove our clothes. We were looking at each other, then he shouted, ‘remove your clothes or leave the class’. Then immediately, the boys obeyed him and removed their clothes. He asked them to remove their undergarments as well.”

However Vinay has denied the claim and told, "This is part of the acting exercise where we mould them (students) and test if they're able to do it. The students who can't do it are told to stand outside the class.” He admitted that these things weren't disclosed to students at the time of joining and it is not possible to disclose the mode of training during the interview. “We are willing to reimburse the fee of those who can't do it (remove clothes)," he added.

Vinay Varma, in his website, describes himself as an actor, director, voice-lender, dubbing artiste, script-writer, translator and casting director. He has also acted in a couple of Telugu films and has been running the theatre group in Hyderabad for almost two decades.

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  • Chowkidar Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 25 2019

    I do not find any fault with Vinay Varma. He clearly gave options, either to take off the clothes or to get out of the class.

    Being nude in front of others sheds off all your inhibitions and brings up your confidence.

    Spend two to three hours in FKK clubs in Germany, you will come out really rejuvenated.

    Hardly you can find any successful, Oscar winning actors who has not taken off their clothes in at least one of the movies they have acted. Jack Nicolsons bare back show on 'somethings gotta give' at that age is really commendable.
    Nudity is not obscene.

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  • SUNNY DSOUZA, MARNIMIKATTE MANGALORE

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    Rascal
    Beat him in Public and strip Him naked
    Then tell him it's public trial

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    This fellow should be made to stand in birth suit and give nice electric shock... Gandhe naale ke ghatar ka keeda... Idiot

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  • Nicholas, Canada

    Thu, Apr 25 2019

    Cynthia, Kirem
    First read the whole news,understand & then comment.
    He gave option if can't become nude go out so that no one is offended. This is common in Acting,Same as in medical class where you can't say don't touch me.
    If he had told only female students to strip & compelled them it is wrong.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    In film, fashion, entertainment or any other industries, some remain hidden and some get exposed.
    If there is complaint, may be there is prosecution or may be not.

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  • James, Belman

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    One can rape, throw acid , do sexual abuse and even murder a woman... our judiciary grants bail to these people. We are living in a great country called Mera Bharat Mahan

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    probably sanatan way of teaching the skill of acting!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    This Pervert needs to be locked up for 10 Years ...

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  • Junglee, mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    He needs some danda treatment .. lover artist

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  • Rakesh, Mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    wat a trainer...wah...!!!

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