Talking about sexual harassment in the film industry, here are the top five Bollywood actresses who shared their experiences of the casting couch.
Sexual harassment is everywhere whether it’s a glamorous industry or not. The Bollywood industry is the glamorous industry. It looks so good from the outside but it’s not.
Like any other industry, Sexual harassment is equally prevalent in Bollywood and has been a cause of concern for a while. While some sexual harassment movements have been successful in getting women across the industries to call out sexual harassment.
Bollywood actresses who fearlessly opened up about casting couch
It is not easy for any woman to be vocal about such issues. But there are so many actresses who showed their bravery and opened up about their experiences and accepted that casting couch is a problem that needs to be fixed in the Indian film industry. The list is too long but here are the top 5 Bollywood actresses who opened up about their experience of the casting couch.
Ellie Avram revealed the casting couch, sexism, and constant bullying the industry.
She says, she was told to lose weight and her height is short and told about her forehead and teeth. One of the girls who was connected to Bollywood told her that she can never become an actress because of her short height.
Not just that, she also revealed that she faced the casting couch. She went for a few meetings and met the two directors who especially shook hands with her and scratched it with one of the fingers. And when I told one of my friends about it and asked what it means, he was shocked and said he wanted to sleep with you.
Kangana Ranaut is known to be the fiery actresses of the Bollywood industry. But, she also faced these problems while she was struggling for her career in Bollywood. Before her big break, the actress endured an abusive relationship with actor Aditya Pancholi. She claimed that Aditya Pancholi physically abused her when she was 17 and with much effort, she ran out of oppressive relations. Later toom the road to success has not been easy for the Kangana. She faced casting couch, she revealed while she was shooting for Tanu Weds Manu she was asked to have sex after a meeting when the audition was over by a unit member.
Swara Bhaskar is one of the most actresses who always raised her voice against sexual harassment. She even faced such horrific incidents and claims that she lost a few of the films because she refused to compromise.
Apart from that, in an interview with an entertainment portal, the actress gave during her film Anarkali of Arrah, she claimed to have been groped and been a victim of horrible catcalls during the shooting. She even advised her contemporaries and aspiring actresses in the industry is, “Lose the part but don’t get on the couch.”
Yes! This is kind of a shock, that Priyanka Chopra counted among India’s top-earning film celebrities, she has faced ”Abuse of Power” in her professional life. Quite shocking! Isn’t it?
In one of her interviews, she revealed she was even thrown out of films because someone else was recommended after she was signed for a movie. This is the abuse of power. In her words “I couldn’t do anything about it. I was removed last minute from many such situations because I never catered to the whims and fancies of powerful men. I only cater to my colleagues and friends who give me respect”.
Vidya Balan who made her Bollywood debut from Parineeta’ opened up about her experience of casting couch where the director asked to go to her room. She said the director came to meet her and when she asked him to sit in the coffee shop but the guy said he wants to talk in her room.