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Casting officials are known to take advantage of their position and may request for sexual favors in return for a role or job. This happens and rarely talked about it. In many cases, stars have come in open and shared their experiences.
Listed below are 7 such incidents of Bollywood:
Singh was one of the first actors to speak about the issue of casting couch in the industry. The actor revealed that he had personal experience of it in one of his interviews with NDTV. According to Singh, he was invited to a “sleazy gentleman’s” house in Andheri. The man didn’t open Ranveer’s portfolio. All he said was – “You need to be smart and sexy to get ahead in the business. One who is smart and sexy makes it big here. Ranveer said that casting couch is a very real thing and he had experienced it first-hand. Finally, Ranveer refused to accept his offer. The man cried like a jilted lover.
Known for her bold image, Ranaut revealed that she was asked for sexual favors in return for the role in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ after audition. She denied and remained firm on getting the role using only her talent. The actress said that she never had to go through the casting couch. According to this actress, someone needs to be really dumb to think he or she can bag a role for sleeping around. And she isn’t one! She said in an interview that people need to use their common sense. As per the Hindi entertainment news, Ranaut also maintained that “if the casting couch route was so easy, then all the women from the red light area would have been superstars today.”
The actress revealed that during her initial days of film career in the south, she had to face the casting couch. She also said that she gathered all of her strength to turn down the offer to be ‘nice’ to the director. Chawla was ready to lose a role, but not self-respect. In Bollywood, she didn’t come across any such offers. Her experience in Tamil cinema was really bad. After bagging a crucial role, the director had one of his friends call and make an offer for her to sleep with the director. The friend told her that it would only be until the film was made. She simply refused.
The TV Anchor-turned movie star Ayushmann Khurrana also revealed the ugly truth about the couch. He said that he had been through the help initially when he was part of the industry. Khurrana was a TV anchor and a casting director directly offered that he must adhere to the rule. Khurrana said that since he was straight, he said he wouldn’t do it.
Preeti Jain – Madhur Bhandarkar
This case got a lot of attention of the media. Preeti Jain accused Madhur of raping her in return for a role in the year 2004. The case went on for 8 years in court. At last it went in to Bhandarkar’s favor. According to Madhur, every industry has casting couch. The film industry is talked about as it is in the limelight. He also said that things happen only with consent.
The model and actress was believed to take a break from Bollywood due to the casting couch. Presently, she is one of the most famous actresses of South Indian cinema. In one of her interviews, she confessed of having some very bad experiences. According to the actress, each industry has its downside, and Bollywood is no exception. She said that despite having bad experiences, she managed to maintain her standard and command respect.
Shakti Kapoor and Aman Verma
Did the reel life villain turn into real life baddie? Well,the controversy occurred way back in the year 2005. Shakti Kapoor, the popular Bollywood villain was caught in a sting operation. A reporter pretending to be a struggling actor agreed. She said that she is ready to be couched in exchange for some work in one of the projects of Kapoor. Certain evidence was also collected by media, which showed both Shakti Kapoor and Aman Verma in compromising positions with the woman.