Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan has defended casting couch in the Bollywood industry by saying ‘it at least provides Job, doesn’t rape and leaves you’.
The controversial statement came out at a press conference held in Mumbai on Tuesday. She justified the exchange of sexual flavors at work in the film industry describing it age-old and asking why the entertainment industry alone should be targeted.
However, the three-time national award winner Ms. Khan has now apologized for her comments after it made several headlines following her reaction.
She also said that the ‘casting couch’ is founded on the principle of consent, that artists have a choice, they can choose not to work with someone who has asked for favors.
“Why would you sell yourself if you have the talent?” Ms. Khan warned reporters against criticizing the film industry because “woh hamaara mai-baap hai.”
Ms. Khan’s unsavory defense of what is the film fraternity’s dirtiest truth has triggered heated debate on social media.
Most of the celebrities skate around of the topic but some have revealed their personal stories of the ‘casting couch’ and of being asked for sexual favors in return for roles.
A few years ago, actress Tisca Chopra had written a Facebook post detailing her experience with a big-time filmmaker.
Actor Ranveer Singh has spoken about being targeted by a male producer.
Ileana D’Cruz and Richa Chadha said that the survivors of the casting couch don’t name their violators as they fear of losing work. Both actresses have said that opening the can of worms can end careers.