Casting couch is an ugly truth of Bollywood. In the past, celebrities including, Priyanka Chopra and Vidya Balan have spoken at length about the existence of the casting couch in Bollywood.
One such name that has come up multiple times in the past is of famous director Subhash Ghai. It’s rumored that he indulges in this act frequently. Mahima Chaudhary and Manisha Koirala also claimed that he asked sexual favors for casting them in certain roles.
In the past during a sting operation, veteran actor Shakti Kapoor was caught on camera allegedly making indecent propositions to a girl posing as a wannabe actor. However, the shocking part was not Kapoor’s act but what he revealed. He dragged the names of two celebrities in the film fraternity in the casting couch fiasco. However, responding to the video, Kapoor said he has “been framed”.
He claimed that Aishwarya Rai doled sexual favors to Subhash Ghai for her role in the film “Taal” released in 1999.
Media reports suggest that the original casting selected for “Taal” was Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudhary. Suddenly, Mahima was replaced with the Ash which came as a surprise to everyone. At that time, Aishwarya was better known as “plastic beauty” in the industry. She was also delivering consistent flop movies. It raised questions that why such a high-profile director like Subhash Ghai chose her as the lead.
Soon, she was signed in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Hum dil de chuke sanam,” where she entered into a relationship with co-star Salman Khan. Within few days, Ash’s former boyfriend slapped Subhash Ghai in a party. This added on to the already existing questions.
What is the truth? No one can say for sure unless the parties involved share their side of the story. So, we leave it up to you to decide.
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