Bollywood actress Surveen Chawla who is best known for her role in 2014 film Hate Story 2 has recently opened up on facing casting couch.
In an interview with Pinkvilla, Surveen reveals that she has faced such situations five times in her career. She said that of the five, three were in the south Indian film industry.
Talking about her casting couch experiences in the Hindi film industry, the actress said that it happened quite recently. She went on to share, “One filmmaker wanted to see how my cleavage looks and one filmmaker wanted to see how my thighs looked. This kind of stuff happens.”
Surveen Chawla opens up on facing casting couch
Surveen added, “Then came south and that was my biggest blow. I faced casting couch thrice. There was a time I was told to accompany a film director for a recce and I was told ‘I want to know every inch of your body’. I just started ignoring calls from then on.”
She further spoke about body shaming in the industry and her experience when she was called overweight. “I went to give this audition and the person told me, ‘You are overweight’. I was just 56 kilos and I thought the person needed glasses,” she quipped.
Her experience in TV didn’t make it easy for her either. “Yes, there was a time when people told me you are overexposed because of television. For some time, I tried to hide it from producers and tell them I did TV only for a year, but I realized later that ‘Why am I doing this?’ Isn’t it going to be easier for a team to get someone who already knows how to do their lines?” she said.
On the professional front, Surveen has been part of TV shows like ‘Kaajjal – Sabbki Aankhon Mein Basi’, ‘Kahiin To Hoga’, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9′ and ’24’ and Hindi films like ‘Hate Story 2’.