Sexual exploitation of females in the entertainment industry worldwide is a harsh reality of today. Recently, we saw the launch of the ‘Me Too’ Movement in October 2017 against these horrific practices. The movement against sexual harassment & assault started in Hollywood but trickled down to other parts of the world. This includes Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, and other segments of the Indian entertainment industry. Many celebs from India started voicing their own casting couch and sexual exploitation experiences. And the latest celeb addition to the list is ‘RX 100’ actress Payal Rajput.
Payal Rajput is a familiar face in the Indian TV industry, all thanks to her serials like ‘Gustakh Dil‘ and ‘Sapno Se Bhare Naina‘. The actress recently made her Tollywood debut with the movie ‘RX 100’ released on July 12, 2018.
The movie which is a critical and commercial success garnered Payal Rajput a lot of praises for her performance. While the actress is riding high on the success of the movie, something has affected the actress’s happiness. And it is Payal Rajput’s encounter with casting couch.
As per reports, a producer approached the actress soon after the success of ‘RX 100’. However, it later came to her knowledge that he wanted her to do a little more than just act in his project. On realizing that the producer wanted her to ‘compromise’ for the role, she refused to sign with him.
The reports also suggest that while the actress was stunned by the producer’s atrocious expectations, she believes in herself. Payal Rajput is yet to sign her next project but refused to bow down to such practices.
Famous Tollywood and Kollywood star Sri Reddy is the first one who raised her voice about such practices in South. The actress stripped down outside the Movie Artistes Association (MAA)’s office in Hyderabad. She even revealed the names of and photos with many South Indian movie biggies who are allegedly indulged in sexual exploitation.
While Payal Rajput did not reveal the producer’s name, she did come forward with her story. And we hope others suffering through similar situations find the courage to break the practices as well. This needs to stop right away.