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"I have never faced casting couch. If it's there then it's the worst thing": Ranbir Kapoor

The ghost of casting couch tumbled out from the closet after legendary choreographer Saroj Khan raked up the already forgotten issue. Decades ago, when Shoeb Ilyasi – an investigative journalist who pioneered a TV show – “India’s most wanted”, to expose the affluent and powerful people was hounded out from Cyberia.

 

Ranbir Kapoor

 

Dapper Ranbir Kapoor, who is soon to burn silver screen with his powerful performance in Rajkumar Hirani's ‘Sanju’ – a story depicting roller coaster ride to success of the living legend Sanjay Dutt said. "I have never faced casting couch. If it's there then it's the worst thing."

 

It is such an issue that the entertainment-world seldom talks it aloud. Defying the conventional wisdom, Saroj Khan treaded the path where even angels fear to tread. With her weird justification, she left the readers flummoxed, ‘unbelievable’ – many retorted, but many bigwigs entered this polemical arena to defend the choreographer.

 

She said that the practice of casting couch is an age-old phenomenon and that there is nothing new about it. She rued, people here always try to take advantage of a girl. Even the government departments are not immune from this, so why single out the film industry?

 

Taking a dig at the bigwigs in Bollywood, Saroj said, “Casting couch at least provides livelihood and that it does not rape you and leave you.” She further opined that it is up to the girl, what she wants to do and that if one has art, they won’t sell themselves. Saroj also urged people to stop defaming Bollywood as it means everything to them.

 

Kangana Ranaut

 

Kangana Ranaut – known for her bold and spicy statements, said, “Fortunately, I never had to go through the casting couch. Honestly, I feel somebody has to be really dumb to think that they’d get a role for sleeping around. And I have never been so dumb — not even at the age of 17 when I started my career. People should use their common sense. It’s stupid if you actually believe someone who tells you that he or she is giving you a role only if you please him or her. If the casting couch route was so easy, then all the women from the red light area would have been superstars today.”

 

Ranveer Singh

 

‘Bajirao Mastani’ star Ranveer Singh concured, “Yes, casting couch does exist in the industry. I've experienced it during my struggling days. But it depends on how you tackle the situation. I chose to decline politely.”

 

Radhika Apte

 

'Parched' actress Radhika Apte while narrating the horror said, “I was being offered a role in a Bollywood film, on the condition of being 'okay sleeping with that person'. In an interview with an online portal, Radhika divulged that she is privy to a lot of situations of casting couch and also knew people who have gone through it.

 

She stunned the audience when she revealed that for a Bollywood film she was asked to meet the makers. They emerged with a shameless condition that she would have to sleep with that person. Radhika said she turned down the proposal and asked the man to 'go to hell'.

 

Kalki Koechlin

 

Kalki Koechlin, too was acerbic, said, “I managed to slip through it. They tried their best to entangle me in their grip but I am slippery, I always managed to get out of it. The moment I felt uncomfortable, I walked away! The crux of the matter is that a bad actor, however much she works her way through the casting couch, will never sustain.”

Tags : Kangana Ranaut Kalki Koechlin Radhika Apte Ranveer Singh Ranbir Kapoor