Bollywood has always been the topic of everyone’s discussion whether it be for a movie or Bollywood celebrities. But there are many Bollywood stories which remain behind the big screen and hardle ever get disclosed. Casting couch is one of them which is the dark side of Bollywood. It has become the topic for discussion for over a few years now. Our Bollywood industry is not all immune to sexual abuse and harassment. Recently during #MeToo campaign, Saroj Khan the famous choreographer said that the practice of Casting couch has been going on since a long time. She also said that at least the film industry offers livelihood and doesn’t leave someone after raping them. After her statement many actors took a stand for Saroj khan and some stood against her.
The Actor Richa Chadha shared her comments on Saroj Khan’s statement. She said, I think people are making mountain of molehill. There’s narrative that people in Bollywood are the worst and indulge in malpractices which isn’t the case. She meant to say it takes place in all industries, why is Bollywood being singled out?”
After the statement of Saroj Khan, The politician Renuka Chaudhry had stated that ” Casting Couch is the bitter truth not only of Bollywood, but also of all work spaces, including the Parliament of India.
What is the exact meaning of Casting Couch?
The casting couch refers to a mentality in which directors and filmmakers take undue advantage and favor from aspiring film actors or actresses. The youngsters are provided with the film option in exchange of sexual favors.
There are many new comers who have to face the situation of compromising for the work. Many celebrities in recent time had openly talked about Casting Couch which is the darker side of Bollywood.
Here are some Bollywood celebrities who had some or the other way faced the situation of Casting Couch and openly talked about it.
The most talented actor Ranveer Singh had also faced casting couch situation during his struggling days , is it shocking? In an interview Ranveer said,He was invited by a casting director, who is a highly sleazy gentleman to his home in Andheri. The man didn’t even look at his portfolio. When Ranveer said NO to him , the man started negotiating with him If he can just touch or if at least he can see. Ranveer said casting couch is a reality in the Film industry.
The bold and beautiful actress started her career from the movie ”Hate Story 2” in 2014. In an interview she had stated that she had faced casting couch in the Southern film industry but she had never gave up and continued her hard work.
Not only actresses but actors has encountered the situation of casing couch. Before becoming an actor in Bollywood. During the struggling days, Ayushmann Khurrana had faced casting couch. One of the casting directors asked him to deliver sexual favors to which he refused . He stated in an interview that casting couch is a reality of the Film industry.
Radhika Apte had once said in her interview, ” I think once an actor in South called me on my room phone and tried to get flirtatious and I just was rude to him. I think he fought with me later on” She also said, ” Some people are regarded as Gods. They are so powerful that people just don’t think that my voice is going to matter, or people think that if i speak, probably my career is going to get ruined”.
Sameera Reddy has faced many unpleasant experiences in Bollywood. She quoted” If I deny having had any bad experience, I would be lying. Every industry has its downside, and so does Bollywood. I have certainly had my share of bad experiences, but I have always managed to keep up my stand and command respect”.
Kalki Koechlin also accepted that Bollywood celebrities are facing casting couch. Kalki was also offered to compromise but she rejected the offer.
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