For the majority of people, Bollywood is all about glitz, glamor, fame, and luxury but there is another dark side of Bollywood that is yet to be known to the world. According to insiders, Bollywood isn’t a safe place for women to work. By looking at the extravagant life of celebrities, fame, recognition, awards, and the red carpet, people tend to believe that acting is one of the best careers out there provided that you achieve success in it.
However, this is just a very small part of the entire story. As we all know audience audiences are always centered on the glamorous side of the Hindi film industry. Well, they must also know how dangerous it can be.
And to support the statements mentioned above there are many big names from Bollywood who revealed the dark and dangerous side of Bolly.
Let’s find out about some of these Bollywood Actresses
The fierce actress talked randomly during a panel discussion about being mistreated by a director. She revealed that just because we’re used to brushing off “certain behavioral patterns,” it took her years to recognize or identify that it is considered workplace harassment. She said,
“I would just tell myself that this director is being… whatever, but that is not the truth. The director was not being an idiot or an ass, he was being a predator.”
The newly married Diva is one of those actresses who openly share her opinions about numerous topics, including casting couches and casual misogyny. She revealed about being “suggestively” asked out to dinner and then being persuaded to go after she declined.
Richa also told that she had to cope with these things even after she had established herself as a successful Bollywood actress and the person who was making the approaches was powerful.
The Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani actress has openly talked about sexual assault in Bollywood and how people overlook women who are new to the industry or are having difficulty breaking through.
She further revealed,
“People don’t listen to you if you’re a nobody. If you’re a celebrity and you talk about it, it only becomes a shocking headline.”
Prachi Desai once recalled an incident of being approached for sexual favors in exchange for a lead role in a “major film.” Even after she declined the role, the director continued to call her. She said that the approaches were overt in her circumstances.
Because of unforgettable bad experiences on the sets, the actress quit working on the 2016 movie Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. Chitrangda Singh shared about experiences and how the filmmaker compelled her to do intimate scenes that weren’t needed and didn’t fit her character.
In an intense discussion, Tisca Chopra shared her experiences on the casting couch. She told how a filmmaker she was working with invited her to his hotel room under the cloak of discussing the screenplay, but his intentions were different. Moreover, she actually who had to come up with a strategy to get out of it.
There are so many actresses who spoke of abusive experiences in the industry when the #MeToo movement was at its peak. Aahana Kumra also revealed how she dealt with it when she met with director Sajid Khan and was taken to his room and questioned there.
The actress shared the details revealing why she wasn’t working enough. She said that everybody, even actors, anticipates “compromise” from actresses implying that she should have complete authority over them, which had an adverse effect. She said,
“If the hero calls you at 3 AM and says, “Come to my house”, you have to go, if you are in that circle and if you are doing that film. If you don’t go, then you are out of the film.”