The casting couch is considered one of Indian cinema’s supreme open secrets. Given that male producers, directors and actors have the strength to make and wreck these women’s careers, we hear a lot of stories in which women were compelled to do certain things if they want to get ahead in the film industry. In an industry like cinema, a huge number of employees, bad regulations and significant power in the hand of employers, make people take gain of every other because of this lack of insecurity. In case you recollect, Madhur Bhandarkar’s fashion, illustrated the grisly fact behind the glamorous world of celebrities. Celebrities consisting of, Priyanka Chopra and Vidya Balan have spoken at a period about the existence of the casting couch in Bollywood.
Let’s have a look at 10 such actresses who admitted that they were exposed to this horrifying.
1. Mamta Patel
Bollywood actress Mamata Patel, who has played a small role in critically acclaimed movie Paan Singh Tomar, accused actor Irrfan Khan of casting couch. but, Irrfan stated it was just a determined attempt by the wannabe actress to get cheap publicity.
She said: “I was aghast to find that her role in Paan Singh Tomar was wrapped up within a couple of days. I wanted to expose this exploitation then, however, Irrfan reportedly assured me of post publicity and said he would recommend me for roles in his future project.”
2. Suvreen Chawla
‘Hate tale 2’ actress, Surveen Chawla, said that she was a victim of the casting couch. She experienced it in the South Indian film industry.
3. Geetika Tyagi
Actor Geetika Tyagi posted a video on a social networking platform to accuse -Jolly LLB- filmmaker Subhash Kapoor of -forcing himself- on her and -dragging her- during a party. The video, posted on YouTube, suggests Geetika slapping Subhash and confronting him too. whether or not it turned into a sexual abuse or now not was a mystery.
4. Payal Rohatgi
Bollywood actress Payal Rohatgi accused film-maker, Dibakar Banerjee, of Love Sex Aur Dhokha fame, of looking to take benefit of her in lieu of a role in his upcoming film. After a few days, Payal stated she realized that the role for which she had auditioned went to someone else. This was clearly one of the famous couching incidents and received a great deal of publicity.
5. Preeti Jain
She accused filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar of couching her back in 2004. She was arrested in 2005 for hiring a contract killer to execute him. She has alleged that the filmmaker had raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 with the promise of casting her in his movies.
6. Suchitra Krishnamurthy
She accused the producer of Seksuyul to have couched her in 2009.
7. Paridhi Sharma
Jodha Akbar director was accused of bodily abusing her on the set of the show. Earlier too, Ankita Dubey had come up with a complaint towards the director where she accused him of harassing her.
8. Kalki Koechlin
She said she has witnessed the casting sofa a whole lot of instances, however, she escaped it every time.
9. Shilpa Shinde
She accused Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai producer, Sanjay Kohli, accusing him of sexual harassment. She had left the show after the incident.
10. Mamta Kulkarni
She accused that filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi provided her a role in the film China Gate in return for the physical favour. After she denied it, her function in the movie become edited and cut short.