Entertainment Bollywood Actress Sruthi Hariharan Shares Her Dreadful Casting Couch Experience

Actress Sruthi Hariharan Shares Her Dreadful Casting Couch Experience

South Indian actress Sruthi Hariharan has spoken about her casting couch experience. On January 18, Day 1 of the India Today Conclave South 2018 in Hyderabad, Sruthi said: “I have had a casting couch (harassment) experience when I was 18 and on my first Kannada film. It did leave me so scared and petrified that I remember me crying. When I told my dance choreographer about what happened, he told me that if I didn’t know how to handle this, I should leave.”

Actress Sruthi Hariharan Shares Her Dreadful Casting Couch Experience

She further said: “This was 4 years after my first experience. One of the leading producers in Tamil Cinema bought the rights to my Kannada film and offered me the same role in the Tamil remake. He said, and I’m quoting him verbatim, “we are five producers and we will exchange you however we want.” I retorted by saying that I carry a slipper with me in my hand.”

“Many producers who knew this man asked me if I actually said what I said. Since then, I have not received good projects from Tamil. There is still immense under-representation in the film industry today. There are no toilets for women in the sets.”

“Vishaka guidelines and other laws aren’t being followed in the industry. But who do we complain to? The answer to this is for more women to enter the cinema, whether as editors, make-up artists or costume designers, doesn’t matter. We are asked to be bubbly, spread sunshine, and be glamorous.”

Actress Sruthi Hariharan Shares Her Dreadful Casting Couch Experience

“What the character does in the film doesn’t matter. However, it is hard to say no to such films because the visibility they give you is immense.”

 

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