The debate on casting couch in various sections of India’s entertainment industry has heated up like never before. A number of actors and actresses have admitted that they have been subjected to sexual abuse in lieu of work on television and in films. This has unveiled the dark side of glamour world where the struggling and aspiring actors have to pay a heavy price in getting success and fame. While Bollywood has mostly remained silent on casting couch, recently, a senior personality of Bollywood defended it.
Shockingly, she was none other than seasoned choreographer Saroj Khan. She said that it depends on the girl whether she shuts down or lets the director/producer make advances on her. She said:
“Why would you want to sell yourself if you are confident about your talent? Don’t blame the film industry, woh humara mai-baap hai.”
The veteran choreographer further said that casting couch has been a part of the industry for a very long time. She said:
“This is happening for a long time. It happens in the government as well and not just only in the film industry. Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti.”
Watch the following video of Saroj Khan saying the above-quoted text:
It has even been quoted by some leading news agencies of the country!
Yeh chala aa raha hai Baba azam ke zamaane se. Har ladki ke upar koi na koi haath saaf karne ki koshish karta hai. Govt ke log bhi karte hain. Tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti: Saroj Khan on Casting Couch. pic.twitter.com/xvHxSbvhzg
— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2018
Yeh ladki ke upar hai ki tum kya karna chahti ho. Tum uske haath mein nahi aana chahti ho toh nahi aaogi. Tumhare paas art hai toh tum kyun bechoge apne aap ko? Film industry ko kuch mat kehna, woh humaara mai-baap hai: Saroj Khan on Casting Couch. pic.twitter.com/kYpPAPWMtB
— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2018
The three-time national award winner for choreography, Saroj Khan was heavily condemned for her statement on casting couch and its comparison with rape. Take a look at some of the tweets denouncing her controversial statement:
Saroj Khan’s brutal admissions & endorsement of casting-couch shows that Bollywood folks don’t think low of molestation and flesh-trade, why do these hypocrites turn up with their filthy, polarising placards to protests against rapes then?
A rape is a result of the same mindset.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) April 24, 2018
.If this type of statements was made by politicians then whole bollywood have started shouting that women in this country is in danger Now no one want to speak against this
— Uma Rs (@UmaRs65651854) April 24, 2018
‘they dnt leave u raped Bt get u job’.. Really??????? How sick! Bloody sick mentality. Terrorism does too by that logic. Kasab had been promised a great future for his family after his “sacrifice”! He did not do what he did out of sheer ideology.
— IamRS (@iamrachs) April 24, 2018
Her logic behind casting couch is much like she defending prostitution.
— Ajay (@Aryavartiyan) April 24, 2018
Listen to the statement of Saroj Khan about casting couch and you’ll know why Bollywood celebs said that Padmavati shouldn’t have committed suicide, one can live with being sex slaves till Khilji is giving do waqt ki roti.
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) April 24, 2018
“Casting couch provides livelihood. Taking advantage of a girl is done with her consent. Women are not sexually abused & dumped. They are given livelihood.” ~ Saroj Khan
Can Prostitution be seen by the same angle by the Society? Prostitutes also get their livelihood?#Bollytards
— Abhishek Singh (@IAbhi_s1) April 24, 2018
Following the huge backlash, Saroj Khan apologized for her remark but this did not stop people from reacting! Don’t you think she was wrong? Do let us know in the comments!