Talking about casting couch will end one's career, says Ileana D'Cruz

Lawrence Kim
March 13, 2018

In Bollywood, while there have been a few actors who have acknowledged that casting couch does exist, no one has had the guts to give out a name.

The ripples were felt in India, and several actors and actresses came forward with their stories.

Recently, during a media interaction, the "Raid" actress was asked if she was married to Andrew, she said, When Andrew came down for the first time, people saw us at award shows and asked if we were together.

"It might sound cowardly, but I do agree that if you speak out about the casting couch, it will end your career", Ileana said. More and more women joined in to talk about their ghastly experiences and to extend help to survivors of sexual misconduct within the entertainment industry. Even though Hollywood was fortunate enough to have such movement, Bollywood can't be, expresses Ileana D'Cruz.

Last year, the expose on Harvey Weinstein where women from the global film fraternity opened up about being sexually harassed while working with the media mogul gave rise to campaigns like Time's Up and Me Too.

Recalling an incident that took place while working in the south industry, Illeana told Bombay Times, "It can look like spiritless attitude, but I will concur that if one opens up about casting couch, their career will be ruined". She also clarified later to a news agency that she would reveal the names involved only if her "safety and livelihood" could be "ensured". As far as exploitation and harassment is concerned, I wouldn't stand for it. "It disgusts me as a person".

The scandal which unfurled like a domino effect lead to positive movements like the #MeToo campaign, which broadened the horizon to real women sharing the harrows of daily life.

On the work front, Ileana will be next seen with her Badshaho co-star Ajay Devgn in Raid, which is scheduled to release on March 16.

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