Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan made a shocking statement on the debate around the casting couch in Bollywood. Saroj Khan has come under scrutiny after she made comments at a recent press conference, defends the casting couch culture.
The famous choreographer made the remarks in response to a question about Telugu actress Sri Reddy stripping on a road to protest against Tollywood’s alleged casting couch culture.
The National Award winning dance director defended ‘casting couch’ in Bollywood and even compared it to ‘rape’.
ANI quoted the choreographer as saying: “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. (This is not a new thing, this has existed for a long time. Everyone wants to take advantage of girls, even the government).”
Tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti. (Even people in the government abuse girls and women, why are you after the film industry? The industry also provides livelihood, it does not discard the woman after that).”
She then took the typical route of blaming the victim and said, “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. (What a woman wants depends on her, if she does not want to be a victim then she won’t be one. If you have your art, why would you sell yourself? Do not blame the film industry, it is what provides us our livelihood).”
Here is what other actress think about casting couch
Earlier Ileana D’Cruz opened up about why not many speak up against it. She was quoted as saying, “It might sound cowardly, but I do agree that if one speaks out about the casting couch, it will end their career.” In a previous interview with the Hindustan Times, Richa had stated that we will lose a lot of heroes when B-Town opens up on sexual harassment. She was quoted as saying, “I don’t see that happening immediately given the culture of naming and shaming in our country. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People, who you see making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, they will all come tumbling down.”
What are your views on casting couch? How serious is this issue?