When Bollywood’s leading female stars — Anushka SharmaVidya BalanRadhika Apte, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor — came together for a roundtable with Rajeev Masand for a TV channel interview, it promised to be an explosive affair. But little did anyone know that it would lead to some shocking revelations.

Neerja actress, Sonam Kapoor, revealed the trauma she had undergone when she was molested as a child.

Sonam Kapoor confessed, “I know, I have been molested when I was younger. And it was very traumatising.” Sonam has always been brutally honest and bold with her words, which has landed her in many controversies in the past. Sonam made the statement when all the actresses were sharing their personal experiences on the chat show.

Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan, Radhika Apte and Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor in v's chat show

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After Sonam’s comment, Vidya (who most recently acted in Kahaani 2, also based on child sexual assault), rallied on to support Sonam, “It is not her fault and that is the biggest thing a victim deals with.”

Anushka (who had two massive hits this year – Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) told us how her mother was always worried about her when she was a child. “My mother used to keep asking me really strange questions when I was a kid, like ‘were you touched inappropriately in any way’ and I used to think something is wrong with  my mother ‘cos I was a kid and I don’t know why she was asking me that,” she said.  As a child she cared less about the issue but now it all makes sense to her.

Radhika (who stunned us with her gutsy performances in Parched, Phobia and Kabali) said, “I have started questioning morality.” In the end, Alia (her performance in Udta Punjab, Kapoor & Sons and Dear Zindagi got accolades) accepted, “We really do live in a bubble. Our reality is not reality.”

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Interestingly, this year, Sonam, Alia and Radhika portrayed characters who had to face harassment and sexual assault.

Kudos to the actresses for being so candid about their past experiences.

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Earlier, other celebrities have also revealed their struggle with the issue of child abuse. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara actress Kalki Koechlin has also admitted that she had been abused as a child. Pink actress Taapsee Pannu said she was eve-teased, while filmmaker Anurag Kashyap revealed that he was subjected to abuse continuously for 11 years as a child. Recently, TV actress Tinaa Dattaa about also spoke on being molested in a flight.

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