Surveen Chawla’s candid take on facing the casting couch
Actress Surveen Chawla who made her Bollywood debut with the movie ‘Hate Story 2‘ was recently asked in an interview with Spotboye, if she has ever faced the casting couch and here’s what she replied,
“I was propositioned, though luckily I had the strength to turn down the offer to be ‘nice’ to the director even if it meant losing a plum role.” Surprisingly for Surveen the casting couch happened in the South industry and not in Bollywood. She said, “Oh ya! But surprisingly not in Bollywood. It came from the South industry. This happened in Tamil cinema where I had already auditioned and bagged an important role. This was a very big film and a very important director, who couldn’t speak Hindi. So can you believe the man’s audacity! The director had his friend call and make the offer for me to sleep with the director. The friend told me it would only be until the film was made. I said, thanks but no thanks! I haven’t seen the bad side of Bollywood yet. It seems like I have had some protective forces around me.”
When asked her reaction, she said:
“Don’t remind me of those phone calls and text messages. I wasn’t game for it. I will wait for the right kind of work. If I have it in me, everything will fall in place. You need a bit of luck too in this industry.”
It was quite brave on her part to come up very candidly on the topic.
The actress was last seen on the big screen in a special number in ‘Welcome Back’. She will be seen in Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched’ in the role of an erotic dancer and is also a part of the TV series ’24’ as Anil Kapoor‘s love interest.