Glamour – check; fame – check; controversies – check; hookups and breakups-check; and how can we forget the casting couch. All of these exist and are very much a part of the Indian film industry. Bollywood is no stranger to casting couch and many of our actors and actresses have had to face this ugly side of Bollywood; some gave in to the demands of the producers/directors while others chose to maintain their dignity, had faith in their talent and denied or escaped it. Here are 10 Indian actresses who opened up about their casting couch stories.
1. Kangana Ranaut
The bold and beautiful Kangana stated that she was asked to get intimate almost after every audition she gave in her initial days. The actress, however, kept refusing and didn’t give in to the demands of anyone. She sure trusted her luck and talent it seems.
2. Mamta Kulkarni
The actress who vanished from the limelight all of a sudden had revealed that Rajkumar Santoshi had approached her on the sets of ‘China Gate’ and asked her to indulge in some physical pleasures with her. The actress denied it following which her role was cut short in the movie and she also had to part with some movies that she had in her kitty.
3. Payal Rohatgi
Payal Rohatgi too did not hesitate in opening up about her casting couch experience. She said that during the audition of ‘Shanghai’, Dibakar Banerjee had asked her to remove her top and when she denied, she was thrown away from the movie. Dibakar, however, contradicted the statement and said that Payal lost her mind when she was denied the role and it is her anger that made her give such a statement.
4. Shilpa Shinde
Shilpa Shinde of the popular show ‘Bhabiji Ghar Pe Hai’ (now not a part of it anymore) also had a bad experience of casting couch. She worked as a model in her initial days and in her struggling days as an actress, she was asked to give in to the demands of sex which she refused. The talented actress was slapped in the face and also had to go through some demeaning times.
5. Tisca Chopra
The popular actress shared her opinion on casting couch and mentioned that this practice exists because the supply of actors is greater than demand and hence directors assume that aspiring actors will give in to their demands in order to get a place in the glamour world. In fact, she too was approached once but she was smart enough to escape the incident.
6. Chitrangda Singh
The dusky beauty who has done quite a lot of films recently revealed about her casting couch experience. She blamed the director Kushal for using obscene language while forcing her to perform a sex scene in the movie ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’. Chitrangda walked out of the movie following this incident.
7. Preeti Jain
Preeti Jain was an upcoming actress when she created news headlines by blaming Madhur Bhandarkar of rape. She stated that Madhur had had sexual relations with her from 1999 to 2004 on the pretext of casting her in his movies but never kept his words. The irked woman offered someone an amount of 70,000 INR to get the director murdered. This is when she was arrested and charges against Madhur were revoked as nothing could be proved against him.
8. Surveen Chawla
The gorgeous and hot Surveen Chawla had revealed that she had also fallen prey to casting couch during her struggling days. However, her experience of casting couch was in the Southern film industry, before stepping into Bollywood.
9. Paridhi Sharma
This beautiful ‘Jodha Akbar’ fame too had shocked everyone when she revealed that the director of the show, Santram Verma had sexually abused her on the sets of the show. Grapevine was ripe with the news of Paridhi quitting the show but somehow we still see her playing the role of “Jodha” as beautifully as ever.
10. Kalki Koechlin
The talented Kalki Koechlin too got to see this ugly side of Bollywood but managed to escape it. She said that whenever she felt entangled, she managed to slip out.