Shocking! How Actors Face the Casting Couch

Some actors have opened up about the ugly side of Bollywood
Shocking! How Actors Face the Casting Couch

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Whenever the term ‘casting couch’ (the euphemism used for sexual exploitation of aspiring actors in Bollywood), is used, one assumes that it is only actresses who face such situations. However, that is not true at all. Several male actors too have spoken out against the casting couch. Here are the examples of actors who have said that they were subjected to humiliation or in other words, asked to provide ‘favours’ in exchange of a good role.


In December 2015, Ranveer Singh said that he had been a victim of the casting couch. He added that most newcomers go through this experience. Apparently, Ranveer was invited by a rather ‘sleazy’ casting director to his home in Andheri. Ranveer said 'no' to him but the latter couldn't take no for an answer and kept harassing the then-aspiring actor. Ranveer had to ask him to leave the room.


Ayushmann Khurana spoke about his casting couch experience and said, “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. I refused. 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.”


The singer had famously revealed how a film journalist asked for favours for writing nice articles about him. It became a huge controversy a few years ago. "There was a time when women were under constant subjugation, but now it's the turn of the men to bear the brunt," Sonu said.


He too admitted that he faced the ugly side of the industry. "I still remember how a model coordinator approached me and kept calling me till I told him I was not really his cup of tea," said Sonu.


Model-turned-actor Aryan Vaid too admitted that he was propositioned numerous times while working in Bollywood. "I have been propositioned by one of Bollywood's biggest directors. I have been offered money to do so. These things keep happening, but then no one in the industry forces you to do it."