Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor was recently part of Rajeev Masand’s show ‘The Bollywood Roundtable 2016’. She was joined by Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan and Radhika Apte. Sonam shared a very personal and traumatic experience from her childhood, about being molested at the age of 13.
While talking about the kind of molestation women have to face everyday, Sonam talked about being groped by a man as a child. “Everybody goes through some sort of sexual abuse in their childhood. I know I have been molested when I was younger and it was traumatising. I didn’t speak about it for two years or three years. I remember the incident so clearly,” she said.
“I was going to watch a film starring Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar and I went with my friends to Gaiety Galaxy theatre. We were 13-14 year olds and we were sitting in the stalls. We used to hold each others’ shoulders while walking in. I was entering the last because I was the tallest obviously. So I was holding my friend Ekta’s shoulder. There was a man who came from behind and just held my breasts. Obviously I didn’t have breasts at that time, but I started shaking and shivering, I didn’t know what was going on. I started crying right there and I didn’t speak about it. I just sat there and finished watching the film. I felt like I had done something wrong, for the longest time. I know so many of my friends who have gone through something like that over and over again.” she added.
The other actors were shocked by her story and agreed that such incidents were common. Sonam also goes on to say that it is extremely important for our cinema to talk about issues and things that we rarely discuss with our families or friends.