- "I have never faced it (casting couch)," said Ranbir kapoor
- Saroj Khan shocked the internet today by defending casting couch
- Ranbir Kapoor launched the first look of Sanju, in which he plays Sanjay
Watch Ranbir Kapoor on the casting couch:
These are some reactions on Twitter.
Is it a joke?— Bhargavi Bajpai (@BajpaiBhargavi) April 24, 2018
What a bunch of insensitive dolts.— Stack Overflow (@C0d3rr0r) April 24, 2018
Vidhu Vinod is beaming with joy as if #CastingCouch is a matter of pride for bollywood.— Rohin Makkar (@Rohino) April 24, 2018
Don't use the word 'If' .. It means a lot... N u Know very well that it exists or not..— Anshuman Mishra (@Anshuman86m) April 24, 2018
Because Casting Couch is only for those who are reluctant, not those who are proactive about it?— Drunk Buddha (@buddhainabar) April 24, 2018
Saroj Khan, a National Award-winning choreographer, has been roundly slammed for appearing to defend the casting couch and saying that "at least the film industry provides work and doesn't rape and abandon you." She also said that women consent to trading sexual favours, asking, "Why would you sell yourself if you have talent?" Ms Khan has since apologised for her comments but not in time to prevent Twitter from denouncing her. Telugu actress Sri Reddy and singer Sophie Choudry have joined the chorus of outrage over what Ms Khan said.
Of course. Nepotism vaale kya jaane casting couch!— Am I Write? (@vogue_ensemble) April 24, 2018
The existence of the casting couch is not in contest, no matter how tight-lipped the film industry stays. Some actors have spoken about being asked to trade sexual favours for roles, among them actor Ranveer Singh - no names have ever been named, at least not in Bollywood. Actress Richa Chadha has spoken about why those subjected to the casting couch rarely speak up - doing so ends careers, she said.
Sanju, meanwhile, is the much-awaited biopic of controversial actor Sanjay Dutt, played in the film by Ranbir Kapoor. The cast also includes Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Manisha Koirala and Dia Mirza. Sanju will release on June 29.
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