Bollywood’s Casting Couch Stories: The Ugly Truth10,908 views
Every coin has two sides and so does Bollywood. It might be seem a appear as a very glamorous field, but it also holds a darker side and this dark side is made up with various stories of casting couch. Filmmakers offering jobs to actresses and actors in return of some sexual favour is not a new story in Bollywood and however sad it may sound, but the industry holds a maximum number of such narrations.
Here are few such casting couch stories which shocked the Bollywood indsutry.
While we have heard a lot of casting couch stories in Bollywood, ‘Hate Story 2’ actress, Surveen Chawla revealed that she didn’t face any such thing in Bollywood. But, she faced the casting couch issue in South film industry. In an interview, when she was asked if she ever faced casting couch issue, she said, “Oh ya! But surprisingly not in Bollywood. It came from the South industry. I haven’t seen the bad side of Bollywood yet. It seems like I have had some protective forces around me.”
PREETI JAIN -MADHUR BHANDARKAR
For a very long time, ‘Fashion’ director Madhur Bhandarkar was mired in a legal case filed by an actress Preeti Jain. Reports suggest that in the year 2004, Preeti Jain filed a case against the director and claimed that Mr Bhandarkar raped her several times on the pretext of casting her in one of his films. Though in the year 2011, the court announced the allegations levied on the director to be false, this case has been registered as one of the famous casting couch stories in the history of Indian Cinema.
One of the leading news channels carried out a sting operation to expose the casting couch menace persisting in the Bollywood Industry and their subject was Shakti Kapoor. The news channel planted a starlet to whom Shakti Kapoor made advances by promising to give her some work and all of this was taped by the channel. In his defense, Mr Kapoor said ‘She… sweet-talked me into meeting her. Any man would fall for this!”
Aman Verma, who came to Bigg Boss to overcome his ugly past, rose to limelight when a recording of his, was released by a news channel. In this recording, Aman Verma can be heard conversing with a female who is willing to spend a night with him in return of work.
Sunny Leone, who is trying to make a position amongst the Bollywood’s A-lister, was also a victim of casting couch. Many reports suggest that a film producer wanted to spend some cosy time with Sunny Leone but, the lady didn’t agree to do so and hence, the producer approached Sunny’s husband Daniel Weber to convince Sunny to spend a night with him. Sunny and her husband made it very clear to the producer that his wish is never going to come true.
DIBAKER BANERJEE AND PAYAL RAHTOGI
Payal Rahtogi shocked one and all when she accused the ‘Love, Sex aur Dhokha’ director Dibaker Banerjee for trying to take advantage of her in the barter of a role in his next film. Later in one of his interviews, Dibakar clarified, “Payal called me around March this year. She told me she wanted to do meaningful films. I met her at the business centre of a 5 star hotel and told her she would have to give a screen test. Her messages conveyed her intentions. I told her if I wanted to cheat on my wife, I would have had an extra marital affair with a non-star. Just for casting someone in my film, I don’t need to have a physical relationship with the person and go against my principles.”
SUBHASH GHAI AND RINA GOLAN
Israeli Model, Rina Golan accused Subhash Ghai for indecent behaviour. In her book, ‘Dear Mr Bollywood: How I Fell In Love With India’, Rina has revealed that Subhash Ghai once tried to take her to the bedroom during her struggling days. “I want you to trust me and surrender to me completely. I will take you around with me everywhere and you will see how your life will change,” is what Rina has quoted in her book with reference to Subhash Ghai.
90’s sensation Mamta Kulkarni was indeed a gutsy actress who then accused director Rajkumar Santoshi of indecent behaviour. It was during the shooting of her film ‘China Gate’ in 1998 that she caught limelight with these allegations that she charged against the director. She claimed that the director wanted to get fresh with her but, she rejected his proposal.
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