EXCLUSIVE: Esha Gupta shares SHOCKING details of battling casting couch twice: A producer wanted to replace me when I refused to sleep with him
While the Entertainment industry is quite enchanting with its glitz and glamour, but there I s a flipside that is filled with dark secrets like casting couch and much more. Esha Gupta sat down for an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubbe when she opened up about her casting couch experience in Bollywood. The actress said that a producer wanted to chuck her out of a film because she refuse to sleep with him. She also recalled that her mother would accompany her to sets because she was so scared.
Esha Gupta told Bollywood Bubble, “Yeah, two people, They’ve done that to me. One of them, well I did the film still. Because it was a little sly move. I think they also expected an outdoor shoot, we’ll just be really nice to her, things may change then. But I am also really smart, I said I am not going to sleep Alone. I used to make my makeup artist sleep in the room with me. I said ‘Oh I am scared, I won’t sleep’. But, it’s not the ghosts that you are scared of, it’s the person. Because you never know when they…You also dont want to be disrespectful. But the problem is also they only do it to us, they won’t do it to the industry kids because there their parents will come and kill you. But to us, they would do thinking she wants work. So eventually I saw a very dirty side of the person I worked with because they became very vindictive when they realised that ‘shit she is not going to do anything’. Because that is the only film where my mother also went with me.”
The actress added, “Usually, I call my parents at an outdoor shoot, just in between but not the whole film. So that person got very vindictive, very negative with me. I mean but the result of that film was…there is karma always. That was a bad experience.”
Recalling her second experience, Esha said, “Then there was where halfway through the film, the co-producer told the maker of the film, ‘I dont want her in the movie. Why is she there?’ This is after 4-5 days of starting the shoot. He said, ‘No she is my Heroine .’ The maker came to me and asked ‘Did this happen with this guy?’ and I looked at him and laughed saying yes sir.” The actress revealed that it was because she had refused to sleep with him, “There are also people who dont give me work because they say, ‘She is not going to do anything, what’s the point?’ But you realise that you make your own way.”
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