8 Bollywood Stars Speak Up About Casting Couch
Posted On 16th June, 2017 @ 10:09 am by MTV Editor


While we only get to see the onscreen happily-ever-afters, everything’s not so hunky-dory behind the scenes.




1. Ranveer Singh


Bollywood’s Bajirao has been one of the bold actors to speak up about the dark side of the industry. In an interview the actor had conceded that, "Casting couch is a very real thing. I have experienced it first-hand," "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 Khurana


Ayushmann Khurana too opened up about his casting couch experience last year. Here’s what the actor had to say.


 “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. Madhur Bhandarkar


Madhur Bhandarkar’s infamous case with Preeti Jain had made headlines. Starlet Preeti Jain had accused the director of raping her in exchange of a film role. After years of hearings, the case was declared in favour of Bhandarkar. He gave his opinion about the casting couch and made a point.


“It’s embedded in every field, not just the film industry. Our industry is talked about because it’s in the limelight. Also, who are we kidding? Everybody is an adult here. Nothing happens without consent.”






4. Kangana Ranaut


The actress who is known to be very bold  also had a few thoughts to share on the casting couch.



“Fortunately, I never had to go through the casting couch. Honestly, I feel somebody has to be really dumb to think that they’d get a role for sleeping around. And I have never been so dumb — not even at the age of 17 when I started my career. People should use their common sense. It’s stupid if you actually believe someone who tells you that he or she is giving you a role only if you please him or her.”






5. Ram Gopal Varma


The director we all love to hate, RGV who has been linked with many of his actresses too has shared his thoughts. 


“Casting exists, so does the couch!”


“If the casting couch route was so easy, then all the women from the red light area would have been superstars today.”






6. Tisca Chopra


Popular actress Tisca Chopra who has worked in many Bollywood movies and has also been on the jury of MAMI film festival shared her opinion on the casting couch.


“It’s a question of supply and demand. The supply of actors is far greater than their demand and so the directors and producers demand something extra for giving chances to aspirants, I have never heard of anybody raping anyone.” 


In fact, she herself has been a victim but she “devised a cunning plan and managed to escape from the situation. ”You call their bluff and say I am better than this, ‘I can do this on my own merit’,” she says.





7. Kalki Koechlin


Kalki Koechlin too has experienced the casting couch but she managed to slip through it. Here’s what she had to say in an interview.


“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.





8. Radhika Apte

The actress who blew our mind with her brilliant performance in Parched , Manjhi The Mountain Man, Badlapur and more said she's never been through it personally but admitted she knows people who have. In an interview last year the actress revealed, “You know I know also a lot of casting couch and I know a lot of people who have gone through it, I genuinely haven’t gone through it. See, I’m fortunate that I’ve never met people who have asked me to.”

She added, "Once I got a call and they said ‘they’re doing this film in Bollywood and I want you to have a meeting with them. But would you be okay sleeping with that person?’ And I laughed! I said you’re so funny, you’re very funny and I said no I’m not. Ask him to go to hell.”







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