Casting Couch, the “Bitter Truth of Bollywood”, has always remain hidden behind the screens in a “never denied-never accepted” state. Be it actors or actresses, many of them have gone through this cheap phase with directors and agents waving their tail for a “compromising” shot.
While the truth gets layered under the sheets, here are some of the Bollywood Directors who were directly accused of “Casting Couch” moments:
- Madhur Bhandarkar
Madhur Bhandakar, a National Award winning director, was very openly accused of raping by Preeti Jain for a role in the film. The high degree of publicity made the case more sensitive. Madhur explained his opinion on this matter:
“It’s embedded in every field, not just the film industry. Our industry is talked about because it’s in the limelight. Also, who are we kidding? Everybody is an adult here. Nothing happens without consent.”
- Ram Gopal Verma
RGV, B-town director with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and eccentric behavior, has been accused of approaching several actresses for physical advances in return for a prominent film role. His thoughts say,
“Casting exists, so does the couch!”
- Subhash Ghai
Rina Golan openly wrote about her meeting with Subhash Ghai, a well-reputed director, were he directed an indecent proposal asking her to “surrender completely”. In complete defence, Ghai discarded the existence of such book or person, and even went on the record saying,
“If you say that derogatory things have been said by her about me, it’s her choice. In our profession we do get bouquets and bricks all the time from known and unknown both. We can’t even react.”
- Raja Mukherjee
Rani Mukherji’s brother Raja was also blamed for apparently molesting a TV actor named Priya Mishra, who approached Raja with a script. He was arrested and the case saw media hyping the whole scandal.
- Dibakar Banerjee
Actor Payal Rohatgi infamously charged filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee of asking for intimate favours in return for a prominent film role. She told the media, “Dibakar commented that I had gained weight. He asked me to show him my stomach. I didn’t like it.” Dibakar clarifies saying,
“Payal called me around March this year. She told me she wanted to do meaningful films. I 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.”
Hide-&-Seek it is!!