Actor Rajeev Khandelwal recently disclosed his experience of the casting couch. He said a top director asked him to meet in his office which was at home. When he met him there, he asked him to visit his room. The actor denied by saying he has a girlfriend to make the director understand that he is straight. Later on, the director offered him a deal of two movies. This is one of the rarest occasions when a male actor publicly disclosed his experience of the casting couch.
What is casting couch
The term casting couch is famous in the entertainment industry. When a person harasses or tries to take sexual advantage in exchange for a role in a movie or any other cinematography job. Whether it is Hollywood or Bollywood many actors, actresses, designers, writers and other associated individuals with the film industry have accused many others of the casting couch. An individual when seeking a role or job to his seniors then only his competence, talents should be examined instead of offering parts to get sexual pleasure.
Me Too Movement
Such incidents have evoked a massive me too campaign in 20018-19 in India where hundreds of famous personalities from several industries like journalism, film industry to expose their sexual assaulters and publicly disclosed their casting couch and harassment experiences. This movement took jobs of few and may also have to suffer for allegations against them. The film industry was taken by storm when one by one many star came forward and purportedly alleged many big names for harassment, sexual assaults against them.
The latest case of actor Rajeev Khandelwal is a bit peculiar but is a prime example that casting couch does exist, and many have to, and many used to pay prices for their success and fame. The persons sitting at authority level should not imagine themselves, bosses, anymore because later or sooner they will be exposed, so better stay away from such Incidents.