TV actress Pankhuri Awasthy slapped a man for touching her inappropriately

Television actress Pankhuri Awasthy of ‘Razia Sultan’ fame, revealed about slapping a man who touched her inappropriately. The actress, who will be seen playing the role of a rape survivor in upcoming show ‘Kya Kasoor Hai Amla Ka?’, said that she is proud and happy about raising her voice against harassment.

“Earlier, I didn’t have courage to stand up against it (harassment). Now I do stand up. Recently, I was in Bengaluru with my friends and I was wearing a skirt. There was this guy who came and he had the courage to touch my thighs. I slapped him then and there itself,” Pankhuri said.

She added, “I stop there and say out a few bad words when somebody tries to tease me. I can’t keep quiet now. I am proud of myself for doing that.”

Pankhuri believes that even if Mumbai is considered comparatively safer for women, no city is safe for a woman. “I won’t say cities are safe for women. When I was in Delhi, I used to travel to college by Metro and so many instances have happened with me. That time (in college), you’re so young and you don’t realise half of the things that are happening to you. Cities are not safe for girls. If you think you can go out at night, you can’t do so without being scared,” she said.

‘Kya Kasoor Hai Amla Ka?’ is an Indian adaptation of popular Turkish drama ‘Fatmagul’, which deals with complex emotions and tackles the sensitive subject of violation of the innocence of a woman.

Pankhuri, who has worked in historical and mythological shows like ‘Razia Sultan’ and ‘Suryaputra Karn’, highlighted how her upcoming character is different from her previous roles. “Personally, for me, playing this character was very non-dramatic. When you do a historical or a mythological show, the grandeur of the set and the jewellery add a lot of feel. But in this character, there is nothing,” the actress said.

Pankhuri added that she wants to be known for her her roles with substance, and not just with looks. “I want to be known for my acting and not good looks, a perception that many have about television actors,” she said.