TV actress Sneha Jain, who has become household with her role of Gehna in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2, has recalled facing casting couch early in her career. She revealed that a casting director from south film industry had asked her compromise for a role and do everything that her film director would ask her to do.
When Sneha was asked if she has ever faced casting couch or asked to compromise for a role, she told TOI that the incident took place somewhere around her graduation period. "Once I got a call from a South’s casting director, he offered me a film which was about college going students. He told me that there will be three couples and they all have equally important roles in the films. I sent them my profile and photographs and the next day I got a call from him saying that I will have to travel to Hyderabad to meet the director and the producer. I agreed to travel but I asked him to give me the details of the film like about the story line banner, producers and the director. I informed him that I would travel with my mother. Then he told me that there is one condition that I have to compromise with him. I was shocked," she recalled.
She continued, "He told me that the day I reach Hyderabad, I will be given hotel details where I will meet the director and after I sign the contract papers, he will give me half the amount then and there for which I will be signed. He further told me that the entire day I have to spend with the director and do whatever he says and after I complete 50 percent of the film, the rest I will be paid."
"I was shocked and told him straight away that this is wrong and I cannot be a part of such a project. He started telling me how it is not a big deal and everyone does it. I told him I don’t want to be famous and bag through all this, if I want a project I want it on my talent. He called me after a week again and told me that the deal is still on. I yelled at him and asked him to stop calling me as I don’t want to be a part of such a project," she concluded.
Saath Nibhaana Saathiya is a complete family drama that revolves around the relationship of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. While the first season of this show began in 2010 and went off air in 2017, the second season began in 2020 on Star Plus.
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