Casting Couch is no more a strange word, you may have heard or seen people speaking up about the disease which is being spread by the superior authority to their lower person. Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood or even private or non-private companies are taking advantage of this act by using their power to get their lust fulfilled.
If we really talk about the meaning of Casting Couch, it is an exploitation of people by the superior authority or laying down the dignity in order to fulfil the quest of career whether in compulsion or craze. Hollywood had witnessed the numerous cases of Casting Couch but Bollywood, Tollywood is also not behind in the cases of Casting Couch incidents.
Once Upon a time Casting Couch incident or cases were only associated with the women only but the condition is different now, there are several casting couch stories happened in the Bollywood or Tollywood in which male actors were assaulted or exploited when they were in the early of their career.
You can’t even think how bad Bollywood or Tollywood industry are? they don’t leave any stone unturned when a newcomer tries to enter into the industry. Only 10 per cent of the Bollywood or Tollywood casting couch incidents come to light, remaining 90 per cent of the casting couch stories are buried under the carpet. As you know, getting work in Bollywood or Tollywood is not a cup of tea, as Bollywood is notorious for its Nepotism.
But, sometimes we get to see the new faces in the industry, who don’t have any connections with the stars but they get work in Bollywood or Tollywood, it makes people curious how she or he get the work without any support.
But, stories came to light years after when they start talking about the assault or casting couch incident that happened to them when they were struggling to establish their name in the respective industry. Casting Couch is nothing but to compromise to get work in company, organisation or Film industry.
As we have already spoken about 13 Bollywood actresses or their casting couch incidents. Now in this article, we will only be highlighting Bollywood or Tollywood male actors who compromised when they were struggling to get work in the industry. Casting Couch incidents seem to have risen as competitions increased in every field.
If we talk about the superior authority in any stream not all but many intents to make people feel, they are not suitable for this and that post but if he or she agreed to do undesirable act to get their work done, then their chances of getting selected could be high.
Let’s talk about Bollywood or Tollywood casting couch incident in which male actors had been assaulted when they were in a struggling phase. These celebrities casting couch stories will leave your eye open. People may deny there is no casting couch but these celebrities have spoken about the casting couch which exists in Bollywood or Tollywood.
Men of Bollywood Reveals Their Casting Couch Stories
1. Ranveer Singh:
Simbaa actor Ranveer Singh, What do you think…..He had also been a victim of casting couch in Bollywood. Ranveer Singh believes and had said that it is commonplace for everything struggler. While giving n Interview to National English TV Channel, he had said, He was invited at Casting director’s home in Andheri. When he went there he didn’t bother to look at his portfolio and said that he had to be very smart and sexy if he has to work in Bollywood.
Ranveer Singh further said that the director advised him to be open to take and touch. When Ranveer said an outright no to the demands, the Director started negotiating with him if he can just touch or at least see. “Later I got to know what he was interested in. When I said ‘no’, he was heartbroken like a jilted lover,” the actor said.
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There are dozens of casting couch incidents that took place in Bollywood but only quite a few have the courage to open up about their casting couch stories. After Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurana —well known Bollywood actor— had spoken up about his casting couch incident. When Ayushmann Khurana was making an effort to get an entry into tinsel town, he had experienced casting couch.
Shubh Mangal Savdhan Actor Ayushmann Khurana was trying to get work in Bollywood and working in a television program he was asked to sexual favours by a casting director. While talking to DNA Ayushmann Khurana had said, “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.”
Sexual favour in return of work was initially associated with women only who wanted an entry into Commercial cinema. This was an infamous trend which existed since time immemorial but no one ever spoke about it openly. The fact that even men were exploited was a harsh reality which was completely dismissed by the industry.
Ranveer Singh and Asyushmann Khurana opened a can of worms and hinted towards a practice which has been swept beneath the carpet for long.
Apart from Bollywood Actor, Singers are also not exempted from this infamous trend or so-called Bollywood casting couch incident.
3. Sonu Nigam:
Sonu Nigam had also been sexually exploited by a film critics. Sonu Nigam had once claimed that film critics tried to sexually harras him and when he refused to succumb to the pressure, then journalists start criticising him in their famous articles.
Sonu Nigam did not openly reveal about his casting couch story. There is yet to get more information which film critics or Journalist were he talking about.
4. Shakti Kapoor:
Shakti Kapoor had grabbed the headlines when a prominent news channel trapped Shakti and undercover reporter in a sting operation. Shakti Kapoor who is famous for portraying a villain character in Bollywood was embroiled in a controversy when he was caught with an aspiring actress and offering to promote her career in Mumbai’s hotel.
Shakti Kapoor’s Casting Couch story is different from Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurana and Sonu Nigam. In a video telecasted on National channel also showed that he was revealing the name of a few Bollywood actresses who had slept with many producers to get success in tinsel town.
In the video clip, Shakti Kapoor can be seen saying, “I want to make love to you … and if you want to come in this line [of business] you have to do what I am telling [you] to do.”
According to the news channel or video of Shakti Kapoor Casting Couch, he named a Bollywood actress Preity Zinta claiming that she had slept with one of the producers to get success. Preity Zinta had said, “The comment is made in very poor taste. He is truly a real-life villain and deserves to be banned from our film industry.”
5. Suyyassh Rai:
Suyyash could have been in a happy relationship with Kishwer Merchant with whom he entered into one of the India’s famous reality television show Bigg Boss 9. But, Suyyash Rai is no stranger to the struggles of the industry.
Suyyash Rai had also been couched during his struggling time, He confessed to having sex for money and made as much as forty grand off one lady.
While narrating his story, Suyyash says his casting couch incident happened during his struggling days in the film city Mumbai. He did not take money from home in those days and thus chose this path for surviving in the film city.
In on of the scenes, Suyyash can be seen admitting that he has once given ‘gigolo’ service (male prostitute) and earned Rs 40,000 from it
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