They say difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. And if the destination is Bollywood, the difficulties you’ll face during your journey would include compromise, adjustments and sometimes, selling your soul. However, no matter how painful your struggle is, for most of the aspiring actors and stars who are already established today, self-respect comes above all else.
The reason why we are saying all this is because of something as dreadful and shameful as the Casting Couch, which has always been the evil reality of the glamour world, particularly the movie business. And ace choreographer Saroj Khan’s recent comments only added fuel to the fire. Talking about this catastrophe, even some of the most established and renowned actors have experienced the horror. The names of actors who faced the casting couch could be shocking but some of them are, Ranveer Singh, Kangana Ranaut and Ayushmann Khurrana. They all fearlessly and bluntly shed light on their traumatizing stories of casting couch and it only displayed the dark, underbelly of the so-called, Showbiz. Have a look:
1. Ranveer Singh
“Casting couch is a very real thing. I have experienced it first-hand,” Ranveer said in one of his interviews. He also spoke how he met a certain casting director in Andheri at his residence, but soon realized he was interested in something else. “When I said ‘no’ (to his demands), he cried like a jilted lover. Later, I got to know that he does it to everyone, the actor added. Now that’s quite shocking!
2. Kangana Ranaut
The Queen actor revealed how she was asked for sexual favors in almost all her auditions, but she had full faith in her capabilities and talent and never fell for such sleazy and promiscuous casting agents.
3. Ayushmann Khurrana
Even this multi-faceted actor had to go through something like this. He stated about the unfortunate existence of this practice once and said, “I have been through that 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. So, I told him that if I was not straight, I might have given it a thought, but I can’t do it. 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,”
Here’s hoping no-one faces the Casting Couch in the future, but that still might be a distant dream.
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