In a shocking turn of events, B-town choreographer Saroj Khan recently made a statement that shook the internet. With controversial comments, she defended the casting couch situation in the industry, saying that women can avoid assault if they wish too. At a recent press conference, Saroj was asked for her opinion on Telugu actor Sri Reddy’s protest against casting couch, she said, “Ek baat batau ye to chala aa raha hai baba adam ke zamane se. Har ladki ke upar koi na koi haath saaf karne ki koshish karta hai. Government karti hai (This is not a new thing, this has existed for a long time. Everyone wants to take advantage of girls, even the government).”
She went on to speak in more detail saying, “Government ke log karte hain to tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Wo to roti to bhi deti hai, rape karke chorr to nahi deti. (Even people in the government abuse girls and women, why are you after the film industry? The industry also provides livelihood, it does not discard the woman after that).” Now that’s a shocking statement, isn’t it? She went on to speak of how the casting couch is consensual and happens with a nod from both sides. She explained, “Wo mat bolo, wo ladki ke upar hai ki tum kya karna chahti ho. Tum uske haath me nahi aana chahte ho to tum nahi aoge, tumhare paas art hai to tum kyu apne aapko bechoge? Film industry ka naam nahi lena wo humari mai baap hai. (What a woman wants depends on her, if she does not want to be a victim then she won’t be one. If you have your art, why would you sell yourself? Do not blame the film industry, it is what provides us our livelihood).” Watch Saroj speak about the casting couch:
This is the first time that someone from the industry has addressed the casting couch situation in such a way and it obviously didn’t go down too well with everyone. Her statements triggered a heated debate on social media with members of the film industry giving in their opinion too. Singer Sophie Choudry voiced her opinion, trashing Saroj’s comments. She tweeted:
What did you think of Saroj Khan’s statements? Do you agree with what she had to say?