#MeToo movement is a revolution, says Flora Saini

#MeToo movement is a revolution, says Flora Saini

Flora Saini

Flora Saini, known by her screen name Asha Saini, started her film career at a young age. She has worked in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi films with over fifty films to her credit. Rajinikanth, Vijaykanth, Prabhu, Karthik, Balakrishna, Venkatesh, Sudeep are some of the actors she has shared the screen space with.

Flora, in a conversation with Rakshitha M N, speaks about her upcoming film and more.

Tell us about your acting journey.

I started acting when I was seventeen years old. My parents did not have anything against my decision as I was their only daughter. Although, my dad insisted upon completing my education.
I debuted in the film industry with the Telugu film ‘Prema Kosam’. The recent ‘Stree’ is another stepping stone. My journey so far has been beautiful, and I am looking forward to the future.

How was it to enter the film industry back then, at such a young age?

Back then, acting wasn’t considered as a good career choice. Though it was not a cake walk, I managed to make my place with my family’s constant support. Children these days are very lucky, as they have social media platforms, acting schools to encourage and promote their skills. Plus, it is considered a career option now.

Tell us about your upcoming ‘Fraud Saiyaan’.

Fraud Saiyaan is a special film to me. It is produced by women, and I am proud to be working in it.
Also, for me, a movie makes sense only when there is a message given out. This movie Fraud Saiyyan has a comedy narrative, yet gives out a very strong message.

What is your connection with Karnataka and Kannada films?

I have worked with Ravichandran, Sudeep, Shivaraj Kumar, Jaggesh and many other names in the industry. I love Bengaluru’s weather. ‘Hatti Kaapi’ and ‘Vidyarthi Bhavan’ are the two places I never fail to visit when I am in the city.

Your stand on the #MeToo campaign...

I came out really strong when I spoke up against my ex-boyfriend. MeToo is not a campaign; it is a revolution. Also, why are we looking at only women in this campaign? Men have also been a victim of abuse; be it physical or mental. I also think this is the perfect time for women to enter the industry as it has become a more supportive and healthier atmosphere.