Every industry is plagued with some disease or the other and it seems like it has become some kind of a
trend to suppress the person whose weak by the one with power.Bollywood of course doesn’t lack
behind either.We have all heard the word casting couch.So what is it exactly all about? Demand of
sexual favors by an employer or a person in power or authority from an apprentice subordinate or
employee in return for entry into an occupation or for other career advancements is casting couch.
Not just women but several men too have been the targets of casting couch and it just not the
newcomers but many established actor and actresses too who have been subjected to compromising
situations..Let’s have a look at the some of the famous Hollywood celebrities who have stood up against
the wrong done to them.
at a time when women empowerment and feminism are taking over the
world ,women all over he world have become more open and an abashed about the issues that
continue to prevail. Mallika sherawat recently told the world on how she faced sexual
harassment and casting couch in bollywood while she was shooting for her movie
“Murder’’.praising and encouraging her for her strenght, Mahesh bhatt, the director of murder
expressed his anger at those who has made her go through a dreadful experience.
Talking about the issue,the Bajirao actor confirmed that casting couch does exist and he himself
has been a victim where he was also asked for sexual favors to get a role in the films during his
struggling days.He goes on to say that its very important that one knows how to handle the
situation and to choose to decline.
THE beautiful actress who shook the entertainment industry with her views on
nepotism ,says she is aware of the casting couch existence in Hollywood .Even though she claims to have
been fortunate enough to never face it ,she goes onto say that only stupid people would fall prey to
such vices, if success could be achieved by giving sexual favors, every woman working in the red light
area would be a superstar by now.
The Bareilly ki burfi actor has been a victim of the casting couch.He says
that as a beginner when he was looking for work in the television industry,he was asked for sexual
favors but he turned them down.He says that at the end of the day its your talent and potential as an
actor and performer that will see you through and not by getting desperate and falling prey to such
The bold and the beautiful actress too has been a victim and says that casting couch
exits in bollywood by all means and even though she has never fallen prey to it and has always chosen
to walk away ,she does know about a few who have been roped in it.
Tisca has joined the long list of actors who have been brave to come out in the open
and talk about their dreadful experiences with the notorious casting couch of bollywood. She shared her
horrible experience with an influential bollywood director from a time when she had no work in bollywood and was offferd a role knowing less that she would be expected to oblige him in bed In lieu
of getting a role.
Talking about casting couch, Radhika says that she herself has been asked to be a part of
the casting couch and is also familiar with a lot of other people who have been a part of it.She recalls
how once she was asked to be a part of a particular film on the pretext of sleeping with the
director,even though she says she laughed it off,it is no surprise that a lot of people continue to be a
part of this nuisance.
Swara spoke out about her brush with casting couch ,the actor revealed that there has
been more times than one when she has been asked what extra could she do to get a role for which
there were many other candidates..
We mostly end up discussing the morality of the issues rather than talking about finding the right
solution to end the problem,there should be openness in all working places ,each person should feel free
to speak up against any form of misconduct done with them and the bottom line still prevails that one
has to be confident about their capabilities and have faith about getting to the right place in the right
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