The casting couch has been prevalent in the Bollywood industry for several decades. However, only a few actresses such as Kangana Ranaut, Surveen Chawla, Chitrangada Singh and others dared to speak about their daunting experiences. Joining them in the list, is none other than Manikarnik actress Ankita Lokhande who has recalled her casting couch experience where she was asked outright to ‘sleep with a producer.’ Not just once, but she had faced it twice. First, at the beginning of her career and second, when she was trying to make a transition from TV to films.
Recalling her first casting couch experience when she was just starting off her acting career, Ankita said that she was asked to compromise in exchange of a role in the film. “I was so smart, I was alone in that room and was 19 or 20 years old, and asked him, ‘Which type of compromise does your producer want? Do I have to go for parties or dinners?’” Ankita told Bollywood Bubble.
"And the moment he said it, maine uski band baja di thi (I took him to task). I told him, ‘I think your producer wants a girl to sleep with, not a very talented girl to work with.’ And I left from there. He then apologized and said he will try to take me to his film. But I said, ‘If you try and take me in also, I’m not interested in your film,’” she added.
Talking about her second casting couch experience, Ankita said, "When I got back again into films, I felt it again, just shaking hands with that person. I don’t want to take names, he was a big actor. I got those vibes, and I quickly got my hands away from him. I knew it, ab mera yahaan nahi hoga (it will not work out for me), because it is a give and take thing. I understood and I left from there because it was not for me.”
In January, Ankita faced heavy trolling for celebrating over three million followers on Instagram and not giving due credit to her ex beau, late star Sushant Singh Rajput. She had written: "#2021 I welcome you with my open heart happy new year everyone. Cheers to 3M followers. Thanks for all the love #ankitalokhande #newyear2021 #3million #congratulations". A section of netizens trolled the actress saying all her publicity was due to Sushant.
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