Casting couch has been a topic of debate since a few years now, however not many have come out and spoken about it. But ever since the Harvey Weinstein case and the #MeToo movement, people have opened up like never before. Even though several celebrities in Bollywood have denied it, Sri Reddy and Saroj Khan have brought out a dirty picture of the situation in India. Ranbir Kapoor, at the Sanju teaser launch recently, mentioned how he hasn't faced it or heard about it. So when we asked Richa Chadha about casting couch in Bollywood and her take on RK's statement, the actress made a bold statement.
During an exclusive chat on the sets of Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai, Richa revealed to us exclusively, "What did Ranbir say? I don't know about it? He hasn't faced it? (Laughs). May be he must not have experienced it. So it's clear, the experience of people from within the industry and the ones from outside is very different. But right now, I feel it's become a trending topic, so the press is trying to cover it by connecting Sri Reddy and Saroj Khan and a few others. See casting couch is an indefensible, abhorrent practice and it's really disgusting. I really had hope that people in India would come out and talk about the #MeToo movement, name and shame. I had thought that some action would be take because women have been suffering from a long time. My interest in this is not from a Bollywood perspective, but because Bollywood is a mass industry and I have worked with victims of rape and trafficking, I did a crowd funding campaign for them to get to know exactly what happened. But now I feel nothing is going to happen here, there is no system to protect actors. Right now I have no hope. If any section in India is defending rapists, then am disgusted. Then, attacking people who are demanding punishment for rape and politicising it just because an election is coming up in a year, doesn't mean you will communalise and politicise it. I am disgusted and I don't see it (#MeToo movement) happening here anytime soon."
For those of you who don't know, Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai is a satire on coalition politics with a cast of 12 exceptional actors including Richa Chadha, Prateik Babar, Shriya Pilgoankar, Umesh Shukla, Divya Dutta, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Pahwa, Pavan Malhotra, Vinay Pathak, among others coming together in one film. Produced by Sony Pictures Network Productions, Sneha Rajani and Anubhav Sinha, the film releases in 2018.
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