MeToo fallout: Singer Chinmayi Sripada asked to pay Rs 1.5 lakh ‘random fee’ and apologise


Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who recently feared that her career was over because of her MeToo allegations, has revealed that the dubbing union had demanded Rs 1.5 lakh for reinstating her in the body.

Chinmayi Sripaada

Sripada was removed from the union after she expressed her solidarity in favour of several women who accused Radha Ravi, the head of the body, of sexual misconduct. The union has reportedly asked her to apologise to actor Radha Ravi of she wished to have her membership restored.

Sripada took to Twitter to write, “Apparently I have to pay 1.5 Lakhs, send an apology letter and THEN the dubbing Union will reinstate me and let me work in Tamilnadu in Tamil films. The Union has made lakhs from my Income since 2006. And I have to pay 1.5 lakhs again for my right to work.”

She has, however, refused to apologise. “And I wonder why exactly I m being forced to *apologise* to the Dubbing Union and to Mr Radha Ravi? The Dubbing Union By Law says 2,500/- is the fee to become a new member. What is this random 1.5 Lakh fee + apology?”

Sripada said that the message from the dubbing union was to stay silent or face consequences. She wrote, “And the greatest take away from the Dubbing Union’ Press Meet – IF you complain of sexual harassment, quit the industry and go work as a housemaid (in precisely 10 houses)Other dubbing union female members vigorously applaud. The Message? “Stay silent, or else.”

Last month singer Sona Mohapatra has come to the defence of Sripada, who said that her career in the south Indian film industry was over because of her decision to raise sexual harassment allegations.

Sripada had accused lyricist Vairamuthu of sexually harassing her when she narrated her own MeToo story. According to her, the lyricist in question had approached her to sing Tamizh Thaai Vaazhthu at a book launch event. “Year 2005/2006 maybe. Veezhamattom. An album for Srilankan Tamizhs that I had sung in, as had Manikka Vinayagam sir. I dont remember if it was a book or an album release or both now; the performances and launch happened in Switzerland.”