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Nayanthara Was Offered Roles In Exchange For “Favours”. Why Is No One Boycotting Casting Couch?

February 03, 2023 | by Kinjal Panchal

As much as the entertainment industry attracts people because of its glamour, there are negative elements that exist here as well. One of the most disgusting things that prevail in this industry is the casting couch. Asking for sexual favours in exchange for roles in films should be declared a crime, and it is mostly women who find themselves on the receiving end of it. Recently, Nayanthara opened up about being asked for ‘favours’ early on in her career and she put her foot down and said no!


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Nayanthara revealed being asked for favours in exchange for a big role in a film during her interaction with the media. Talking about the same, she said that she ‘boldly’ rejected the person and their offer because she believed in her acting skills. As per reports, she also said that she had faith in her skillset and that she would taste success only on the basis of her hard work.


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The Jawan actress is not the first one to talk about experiencing the casting couch. Surveen Chawla shed light on the body shaming that women are subjected to in the south-India film industry. She revealed that when she went on for an interview that put her in the space where she began to ‘question’ herself. She said that women’s waist and chest size is questioned while discussing roles in these meetings.


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In an interview with The Male Feminist, Saiyami Kher also revealed that she was asked to ‘compromise’ in the name of work. She revealed that she would have women calling her to say that she was fit for the role but she have to compromise a little. And by compromise, they all meant she would have to give sexual favours.

Also read: ‘Hautesteppers 3.0’ Ep 8: Tisca Chopra Opens Up About Casting Couch In Bollywood, Says “No One Had The Guts To Talk To Me Like That”

It is really sad that women get asked to go through such disgusting experiences to get work. Why is so hard for directors to actually recognise their talent and give roles based on the same? Why ruin a woman’s career before it begins, and traumatise her for the rest of her life?

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Kinjal Panchal

Kinjal is a reader of only fiction because, escapism, duh! But at the same time, she is a realist who needs proof of everything.

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