A couple of years back, internet deluged with a movement called #metoo that aimed at debunking the facades of several monsters who were always preying on young talents who fought tooth and nail to not only establish themselves but also earn themselves a living.
This massive movement led to the incrimination of Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein and led him to a jail sentence.
The movement slowly started fanning across the world and people started calling out the names of those ravenous predators who has subjected those young people eagerly looking for an opportunity to sexual harassment. In a single phrase, we call it Casting Couch.
India shortly followed the footsteps of the movement and everyone started coming out in the public to shame those monsters who divulged their ugly sides to these young stars. We will look at fifteen instances where stars had to face the harrowing experience of casting couch.
1. Surveen Chawla
Her span in Bollywood kicked off with her striking appearance in Despise Story 2. However, after she landed the movie, she came all guns blazing, claiming that she was asked to be a part of casting couch in the southern film industry. She never gave in to such requests and her career proliferated with her hard work.
2. Kalki Koechlin
She is one of the big names who opened up about this heinous activity. She was offered a casting couch for a profitable role, however, being steadfast as she is, the offer was declined.
3. Ayushmann Khurrana
Before he made it big in Bollywood, Ayushmann Khurana was turning himself into a star of the small screens. This is when he was offered the casting couch which was denied by him in an extremely aggressive manner.
4. Kangana Ranaut
This lady who built herself from scratch, Kangana Ranaut was also a victim of casting couch. In her initial days of struggles when she wasn’t in a well-to-do state, she was offered a job in trade for sexual favours. She very well declined it.
5. Ranveer Singh
A star now, he too had to undergo the trauma of casting couch. Things however, changed in his favour after he put tremendous hard work to attain his status quo.
6. Tisca Chopra
After attaining on-screen fame in Taare Zameen Par, Tisca Chopra went on to feature in several films of different languages. A fine actress by her standards, she was also offered casting couch and in the most impudent stance.
She held on to her grace and declined the offer.
7. Rakhi Sawant
She made a crucial statement regarding casting couch. Her words were, “Young ladies in the business have been abused since the start, yet now even the men in the business are confronting this. It is tragic that we need to live in this Kalyug”.
She herself was also subjected to such crude demands of the industry.
8. Maushmi Udeshi
After her harrowing experience in casting couch, she cited, “Except if you are brought into the world already spoiled out of your mind and have a place with one of those amazing star families which impact Bollywood, individuals will in general underestimate you”.
9. Preeti Jain
Preeti Jain made a mountain of this when she alleged Madhur Bhandarkar of throwing the casting couch at her. However, in a long-fought rigorous legal case, Bhandarkar was absolved off all the charges in 2012.
10. Sameera Reddy
Sameera has always been an up front character in Bollywood and her comment about casting couch was, “It grasps two hands to applaud. No one is an injured individual. We are for the most part just players”.
11. Priyanshu Chatterjee
The “Tum Bin” performing artist divulged the sexual offer thrown at him. His words were, “I was requested a sexual support by this man who guaranteed me a film consequently. In any case, I didn’t trust him, and was right in doing as such since the film wasn’t made”.
12. Mamta Kulkarni
The gorgeous lady who is quite an illustrious performer in Bollywood, subjected charges at Rajkumar Santoshi while the shooting of China gate went on.
13. Suchitra Krishnamurthy
Her performance in ‘Kabhi haa kabhi naa’ created ripple effects in the industry. She has always been very transparent and she clearly stated that most of these cases fail to see the light of the day due to lack of evidence.
14. Sambhavna Seth
The Bhojpuri performing artist also expressed her concerns about both male and female suffering at the hands of these sexual predators.
15. Payal Rohatgi
As everyone chose to open up about their harrasment at the hands of these monsters, Payal was no exception to the same. She implied charges on film chief, Dibaker Banerjee. However, her firm stand threw away the trail on her.
16. Sunny Leone
The deep-rooted mentality of people about her appearance in Bollywood made directors give her carnal offers. However, this strong-willed lady very generously declined the offer.