You may have heard the word ‘Casting Couch’. If we talk about the meaning of ‘Casting Couch’, which means, exploiting person by making fake promises or demanding sexual favour in return of giving work or using power and authority for the career advancement within a company and organization.
Casting Couch was earlier linked with only women but as the world is moving fast people have started to assault men too by compelling them to do undesirable act for their career advancement. Casting Couch has left an astonishing impact in Hollywood Industry since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out.
In a quest to make a career in a particular field or have received back to back failure in an interview, it’s natural to be depressed for a while. People get tired of making an all effort and doing round from pillars to post with hope, today will be the happiest day of their life. But, sometimes dream Job may take time more time to be achieved.
After noticing depression on the face people tend to opt for any project which comes in their way irrespective of their desires. There are some people in Bollywood or Hollywood, who keep looking and waiting for such kind of depressive person to be hired. The Casting couch Incidents take place in all walks of life but people try to conceal it in order to save their dignity in society.
But, authority and the superior person continues to exploit people by appointing such depressive person to get their lust fulfilled without their consent. If we talk about the Casting Couch stories of common people, there is no one who is interested to listen to the plight of him or her. But, If the incident of Casting Couch comes from the Celebrity, people don’t leave any stone unturned to pay attention.
We are going to take you to Bollywood celebrities who have faced undesirable circumstances when they started their Journey in the tinsel town. These Hindi film actors may not have thought, they had to go through from all these things. But, now they are coming forward to speak about their Casting Couch Incident. We have a list of the Bollywood actresses who have spoken about the Casting Couch, they were reportedly couched by mentally or sexually.
Here are the 12 Bollywood Casting Couch stories
The following is the list of Bollywood actresses who have lifted the Curtain and showed, what happened to them when they were struggling to establish their name in Hindi film industry.
1. Shilpa Shinde
Shilpa Shinde is an Indian Television actress. She is popularly known for her role in Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai. She was couched during the initial days of her career. According to reports, Shilpa Shinde was asked to intimate with the producer and when she refused to do the same she was slapped on the face and asked to get out from the audition. After that, she had to go through some demeaning time of her.
2. Kangana Ranaut:
Kangana Ranaut is known as Queen of Bollywood, who has also been couched by Tanu Weds Manu director. Kangana had said that she was asked to have sex after completing her audition for the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’. Without thinking twice, she posted it on social media and revealed the incident that happened to her. But, she did not bend her knee and surrendered herself to the superior one. She only trusts on her luck and today she is one of the most successful women in Bollywood industry.
3. Sherlyn Chopra :
Sherlyn Chopra who had recently appeared in the semi-nude photo shoot. Sherly may not have gotten the success in the Bollywood industry but she has been always in the news for her Bold avatar. Sherlyn Chopra is the first Bollywood actress who shot a nude photoshoot for the Magazine named Playboy. Sherlyn had alleged that the director of Kamasutra, in which was starred for re-enact certain scenes back to the camera. She reportedly filed the First Information Report (FIR) against him.
4. Payal Rohatgi :
Payal Rohatgi had also come forward and shared her Casting Couch story. She did not shy speaking about the assault she had faced. Payal Rohatgi is a Big Boss 2 contestant had alleged that the Director of Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee, asked her to remove her top and when she denied, she was thrown out of the movie. While, the statement made by the Payal Rohatgi was refuted by Dibakar. Notably, Payal Rohatgi has also worked in 36 China Town, Yeh Kya Horaha Hai.
5. Mamata Kulkarni :
The China Gate Actress Mamata Kulkarni had allegedly been offered by the Director of the same movie, Rajukumar Santoshi who had asked her to please him by making a sexual relationship over a matter of Compromise. While, the actress denied it later, when her role was cut in the movie, and she also had to part with some movies that she had in her kitty. There was also rumour she compromised a bit to him.
7. Rina Golan :
An Israel born model turned Actor, Rina Golan had come all the way to India in a quest to establish her name in Bollywood industry, or she eventually did. Rina Golan had been couched by the director Subahsh Ghai, who offered her a role in one of his movies. Rina Golan returned to her Country Isreal, but she has written her plight in Autobiography, in which she had mentioned that she was mistreated by the hand of Director.
8. Paridhi Sharma :
The Beautiful TV actor Paridhi Sharma spoke about Casting Couch after being continuous harassment by the Serial director Santram Verma. Paridhi also said she had complained about his inappropriate behaviour to the Production team, but all her attempt went to the vein. She also called the time she had been harassed the worst time of her life, and she garnered courage and moved out of the show. She had alleged that she had been harassing not only physically but also financially.
9. Tabu (Tabassum Fatima Hashmi) :
Tabu is an Indian Bollywood actress, who has worked in multilingual movies such as English, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam etc. She accused the Jackie Sharoff of sexually assaulting at Denny’s place in 1986 when Tabu was just 15-year old. Tabu had accompanied by her sister Farah Naaz, who was working with Jackie Shroff for their film Diljale. They used to hangout at Danny Denzonpa, and Tabu used to come with her sister. The allegations made by the Tabu has not been proved, but the Jackie Shroff and Tabu never seen together in any movies. Jackie Shroff’s life is filled with the Controversies.
10. Mamata Patel :
If we talk about Irfan Khan, suddenly the best actor’s image comes in our mind. But, Mamata Patel, Pan Singh Tomar actor accused Irfan Khan of Couching. He was reportedly found in a compromising position, and the Actor Mamata Patel expressed his disaspointment with the conduct of the actor.
She also complained against the unidentified person, who allegedly threatened her over the phone by saying she would be facing harsh consequences if she continued to talk about Irfan Khan Couching. According to a report, Irfan Khan promised her to get her in Job and harassed her during the outdoor shooting. Mamata Patel had played a small role in Pan Singh Tomar.
11. Suchitra Krishnamurthi :
Actor Suchitra Krishnamurthi had experienced the casting couch during her struggling time, She had made her debut in 1994 with ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’. She is an ex-wife of a former eminent filmmaker, Shekhar Kapur. She had written about her heartwarming incident in her blog, she says, “I remember many years ago, I had gone to meet a very successful producer about a film role at a plush suburban hotel. They were looking for a new face to launch.”
She elaborated her scary incident and said that when the discussion about academics, family and work was done. The Producer asked her to call her parents to tell them that she is going to spend the night with him at the hotel, and he should pick her up in the morning. Suchitra Krishnamurthi has not disclosed the name of that director.
12. Surveen Chawla :
Surveen Chawla has also experienced the casting couch during her struggling time, but she was couched in South Indian Film before stepping into Bollywood. Surveen Chawla has worked in one of the boldest movies of Bollywood Hate story’s sequel. She also worked in Parched, in which she played the role of rustic dance and sex worker. I was propositioned, though luckily I had the strength to turn down the offer to be ‘nice’ to the director even if it meant losing a plum role. She said.
Surveen Chawla seems to be blessed of not meeting such kind of people in Bollywood.
13. Geetika Tyagi :
Geetika Tyagi used a video to accuse the Jolly LLB filmmaker of forcing himself on her during a party, which held years ago, but Geetika said, It was not a case of Casting couch when media reported.
She blamed media by issuing a statement, “Media will take it sensitively and sensibly. However, in these two days, I figured that a few channels have not even seen the video properly, they just took bits and pieces and played them in loop.”
These are the Casting Couch stories which came to light but Hundreds of stories are still hidden behind the curtain. Which needs to be lifted by the courageous campaign #MeToo. #MeToo has revolutionized not only Bollywood but also Hollywood too. #MeToo is a campaign in which people are sharing their horrifying stories and assault which happened in the past by their superior. But, they did not have the courage to speak up, but since the #MeToo started in India, people are now opening up about the assault.
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