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Saroj Khan makes shocking statement on casting couch in Bollywood: Reports

Saroj Khan has choreographed Bollywood celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor among others.

Written by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 24, 2018 11:21 IST ]
Saroj Khan's shocking statement on casting couch 

Saroj Khan's shocking statement on casting couch 

Amid the #Metoo movement where actresses like Sri Reddy, Ileana D’Cruz and several others protested against casting couch, Saroj Khan has reportedly defended the culture.  According to ANI report, the popular choreographer said that there was nothing new in casting couch in Bollywood because it "at least gives livelihood". Saroj Khan has choreographed Bollywood celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor among others.

Casting couch is not new to Bollywood. Every now and then actors and actresses have opened up about their experience with the casting couch but have consciously refrained from taking any names.

However, the choreographer added that it's not new in Bollywood, and it's up to the woman to decide if she wants to take the plunge or not.

As per the report, Saroj Khan said, “It depends on the girl, if she wants to be on the 'casting couch' or not. Why would you want to sell yourself if you are confident about your talent? Don't blame the film industry, woh humara mai baap."

As soon as Saroj Khan's statement hit the internet, there was complete buzz everywhere. Singer Sophie Choudry took to Twitter and said, "WTH?!!!! So much respect for Saroj-ji as a choreographer but this is how she uses her position to protect girls?!!! If I didn’t come from a financially sound background I would have returned to London within a month of being in mumbai cos of “industry folk” who think like that!!".

Several Bollywood celebrities in the past have spoken about sexual harassment in the film industry, reaching out to those who might have been going through it, or have been through the same ordeal.

Kangana Ranaut spoke her heart out at the launch of journalist Barkha Dutt's book, 'This Unquiet Land'. The bold actor spoke about the time when she was physically abused and hit by a certain someone from the industry, who she didn't name, in her early days.

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