Kannada actress Chethana Raj passed away due to a botched plastic surgery. She didn’t inform her parents about the surgery and got admitted by taking help from her friends. However, the surgery didn’t go as planned and she developed complications. She succumbed to the complications and breathed her last. Now, Ramya Spandana took to social media to talk about Chetha’s demise and the gender bias in the Kannada film and TV industry.
Ramya wrote, “The industry sets very unrealistic beauty standards for women and there's immense pressure on women to look a certain way. Post my tumor removal from the foot I have struggled with my weight. I am on a weight loss journey but at my own pace and on my terms. I completely empathize with the actress who lost her life. This standard btw is not set for men. (1 don't think there should be for anyone) Women need to know this- there is no way to be but yourself. Don't let the world dictate to you how to be. The industry needs to be more inclusive wrt to roles for women. It's time to change the rules. A man can lose all his hair wear a toupee, be pot-bellied and each cheek can weigh 5 kilos each and he'd still be considered a hero even at 65 but the same does not apply to women. The woman puts on a few kilos she's automatically called aunty, buddhi, ajji, etc Women need to collectively fight these biases. P.s A real 'hero would be someone who fights alongside women against these biases. Your looks don't matter.”