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Bollywood actresses who spoke up about being victims of casting couch
The glittery world of Bollywood is not as glamorous it looks from outside. We have always admired the vanity B-town celebs enjoy for being a star. But did you know that these celebs go through a lot of obstacle and hurdles to become a big name in the industry?
We have come across several actresses and actors who have shared their casting couch experience. Here’s taking a look at the actresses who spoke about being a victim of the casting couch.
Actresses who revealed their casting couch stories
Today Kangana is known as the ‘Queen‘ of Bollywood, but she has come a long way with her talent and hard work. The actress has always been vocal about not falling trap for the casting couch, but she has come across such directors and producers who have asked for sexual favours. Ranaut shared that she believed in her talent and opted for a fair route to build her career.
This beautiful actress had started her showbiz journey with the television show-‘Kahiin Toh Hoga’ in the year 2003 and ever since then she has been working hard to reach a new level in her career. It was just recently when she opened up about her experience of the casting couch. In one of her recent interviews, Suveen revealed that there was a time when a director wanted to see how her cleavage looked, and another one was interested in her thighs. Surveen even said that she had to face the casting couch five times in her career span, thrice in South film industry and twice in Bollywood.
Back in 2018, Swara Bhasker opened up about her casting couch experience. Sharing the anecdote of her experience at an event, Swara revealed that a man told her that he is the manager of a big producer, and he kept asking about her residential details. The meeting was starting to take a strange turn and Swara was trying hard to get out of the meeting. Recalling the incident, she said, “When I got out this guy actually tried to kiss my ear and said ‘I love you baby’ and I kind of did that (gestures shirking away) so he got a mouthful of my hair so I was just like… so that kind of stuff happens. It’s all a part of casting couch, right?”
The beautiful actress, Elli AvrRam who hails from Sweden has come a long way in her acting career. Just recently, the actress revealed her casting couch experience in an interview with Pinkvilla. She recalled, “I had gone for a few meetings. I met these two directors who especially shake my hand and scratched it with one of the fingers. After that one meeting, I asked my friend about it. He was shocked and said, “Oh, no did he do that? Do you know what that means?’ I didn’t know and he told me that he wanted to sleep with me.”
Kalki Koechlin is surely one of those actresses in the industry who believes in speaking her mind. Revealing her story of casting couch, the actress had shared, “I must say, of course, it exists! It did try and entangle me in its grip but I am slippery, I always managed to get out of it. The minute I felt uncomfortable, I walked away! The crux of the matter is that a bad actor, however much she works her way through the casting couch, will never sustain. She still remains a bad actor! The casting couch is not the answer to any aspiring actor’s route to success.”
Long back, the ‘Taare Zameen Par’ actress, Tisca Chopra shared her nightmare story of the casting couch. She spoke about when a famous director approached for a film and she even grabbed the opportunity not knowing that working with him would mean agreeing to compromise. Tisca says that the casting couch is the unspoken dark side of Bollywood that many actors have spoken about but unfortunately have not managed to eradicate from the industry.
Back in 2016, this B-town beauty was reported to be stepping out of a film ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’, apparently because the director of the film made her uncomfortable during one of the intimate scenes. As reported by a source back then, “Kushan (director) got a bit too engaged in the scene in question, which required Nawaz to only pull Chitrangda roughly on the bed and realize that someone is watching them. Kushan was not happy with the first take. He thundered, ‘Chitrangda, you ought to get literally on top of Nawaz.” And thus the actress took a step back from the project.
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Sameera Reddy has recently spoken about the fat-shaming experience. Back in 2012, she has also spoke about casting couch which exists in the industry. She shared that never to get carried away by promises made by B and C grade filmmakers of the industry, as they just might be out to exploit any actress. “The casting couch does exist, there is no denying it. I have just one thing to tell girls aspiring to be actresses. Nothing is worth selling your soul,” -Sameera was quoted saying to a website back then.
The ‘Murder’ fame actress Mallika Sherawat was popularly known for doing bold scenes on-screens. The actress says this image became a point for people to pass judgments on her character in real life. “There were so many accusations and judgments on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss on screen then you’re a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you. This happened with me too”, she was quoted saying.