Though glamorous and filled with opportunities, Bollywood is filled with dark secrets. One of which has always been in talks is Casting couch. Many celebrities have come forward talking about his.
1. Ranveer Singh
Talking about casting couch, Ranveer says its very real and it happens. Sharing his experience, he said, “Casting couch is a genuine thing. I have experienced it first-hand. A director called me to his home in Andheri and said jo smart hai, jo sexy hai, wo aage nikal jaata hai. He didn’t even look at my portfolio, and when I said ‘no’ (to his demands), he cried like a jilted lover. Later, I got to know that he does it to everyone.”
2. Ayushmann Khurrana
“I have been through that (casting couch) initially when I was part of the industry. I was a TV anchor, so a casting director directly told me that I would have to do it. So, I told him that if I was not straight, I might have given it a thought, but I can’t do it. So yeah, the casting couch exists, but eventually, it’s your talent or potential as an actor or performer which would last. You don’t need to give in to such stuff.”
3. Kalki Koechlin
Talking about the topic, she said,
“And while we are talking about the notorious casting couch, 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 remains a bad actor! The casting couch is not the answer to any aspiring actor’s route to success.”
4. Surveen Chawla
“I’ve never faced such sleazy offers in the Hindi film industry. Maybe I’ve been smart in my dealings, making sure no one gets the wrong signal. This happened in Tamil cinema where I had already auditioned and bagged an important role. This was a huge film and a significant director, who couldn’t speak Hindi. So can you believe the man’s audacity! The director had his friend call and made 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.”
These were few casting couch experience that celebrities shared.