As we all know that Casting couch is the hot topic everywhere. Recently Saroj Khan comments defending the prevalence of the practice in Bollywood becomes more troubles in the industry. Though, she had to apologise for her statement, it opened up the debate about sexual harassment in the industry once again.
Now, Radhika Apte and Marathi actress Usha Jadhav have spoken about the evils of casting couch in a BBC documentary titled Bollywood’s Dark Secret which is to be aired soon.
Speaking to BBC for the documentary, Radhika is quoted as saying in the report, “Some people are regarded as gods. They are so powerful that people just don’t think that my voice is going to matter, or people think that if I speak, probably my career is going to get ruined. The way the women, and the men, of course, came together and decided that as a team we are not going to let this happen, I wish that could happen here.”
Usha, meanwhile, narrated her personal experience where she was told to sleep with maybe a producer or a director to get work.
The documentary also includes the chilling testimonial of an aspiring actress who said that she was molested by a man who advised her to “happy to have sex as and, when possible, and embrace your sexuality” if she really wants to work in this industry. She went on to say, “He touched me wherever he wanted, he kissed me wherever he wanted and I was shocked. He put his hand inside my clothes so I asked him to stop and he said: Do you know what, if you really want to work in this industry I don’t think you’ve got the right attitude.”