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In this topic you can post blind items - that is bollywood gossip that appears in the media with no names mentioned, but you don't mention the stars name, so let everyone guess!
Keep it nice and friendly and don't get offended over your fav star because this is only gossip!
Joined: 27 April 2008
Casting Couch Exists in Bollywood says Suchitra Krishnamurthy
It has been referred to often over the years, but now an actor confirms "there is a casting couch in Bollywood". Recounting her own experiences, Suchitra Krishnamurthy says she had the strength to say 'no', when a director made improper advances, but that other actors may not have done so.
She was in her teens when she found herself in a hotel room with a "successful producer" who told her that if she had to become an actress, she had to "do it". Years later, actress Suchitra Krishnamurthy, ex wife of director Shekhar Kapoor, has spoken out on her blog about how she became a victim of casting couch while trying for a film role.
Suchitra, who debuted in Bollywood opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, wrote: "He [the producer] asked me who I am closer to - my mother or my father? 'My father,' I smiled. 'My mother is a little strict.
'He nodded and smiled. 'Ok, phone your father,' he smiled. I asked defiantly, 'Why should I phone my father?' 'Relax,' he told me smiling, a peculiar look creeping into his eyes. I was too young to understand the expression. 'If you want, I tell him to pick you up tomorrow morning from my hotel,' he added. The producer said, '.
So and so and so (he named some top actresses of that time) she do it. She do it and even she do it! They are my discovery. Everybody has to do it.'" Suchitra told HT City, "I was merely recounting my experience on my blog.
I was fortunate, I could make the choices I did. I don't have to work a single day if I don't want to, because I am looked after. How many girls have that liberty?".http://www.desi-celebs.com/hot/news-gossips/casting-couch-exists-in-bollywood-says-suchitra/
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I remember many years ago, while still in my teens-I had gone to meet a very sucessful producer regarding a film role at a plush suburban hotel at around 4 pm. He was an out of towner ' so was staying in that hotel-so the model co ordinator had told me. They were looking for a new face to launch. These meetings were something that made me very uncomfortable- but part of the business of breaking into bolllywood I was told so i quelled my nervousness, put on my best smile and went.
The producer greeted me kindly at the
door. He sensed my discomfort.I noticed a large picture of his wife on
his table I heaved a sigh of releif -she'll join us later he assured
me. He then asked me many questions about my background etc talking to
me like one does to a child glancing at my portfolio pictures with
enormous interest and complimenting me. I was used to that-i was
already a succesful model by then having done many commercials and
endorsements.He then decided to try to get to know me more. After all
it was a huge film he was planning and shooting was to be somewhere in
the south (hyderabad i think-for almost a month)
"How many brother sisters do you have? Which school did you study in? " the questions went on. What does your father do? "hes a commisioner of Incom tax" i told him " and mother? housewife? " No. My mother is Head of the department of history at KC college" blah blah
I was begining to feel comfortable. Sweet uncle i thought. Family type.He asked me who i am closer to- my mother or my father?
"My father" i smiled. "my mother is a little strict.
He nodded understandingly and smiled
"Ok phone your father " he smiled even broader.
I panicked-because my parents had banned me from becoming an actress -in their eyes it was the most deplorable profession in the world.They wanted me to do an MBA or CA and would be livid if they knew i was taking these film meetings behind their back instead of attending college.
I would be housebound and all the jhagda would start again. So i asked defiantly "why should i phone my father?He'll be in office-i cant disturb him"
"Relax" he told me smiling, a peculiar look creeping into his eyes. I was too young and innocent to understand the expression
"If you want i will phone him. To tell him to pick you up tomorrow morning from my hotel"
I didnt get the gist of what he was saying and looked at him dumb as a dodo "relax. Just tell your father you are spending the night with me at the hotel and that he should come and pick you up in the morning!!"
I panicked and started to gather my belongings
"i have to leave" i belched in terror
" relax" he told me again. "I will speak to your father"
He was begining to get irritated and impatient but tried to calm me down "your wife?" i squeaked glancing at her photograph. WTF was going on?
"she is a good understanding lady" he told me with great pride. She will meet you tomorrow"
i dashed to the door
"you want to be an actress you have to do!!" He called after me , still speaking to me as if i was a child
"How do you expect to get anywhere in films if you dont do it??!! there are 1000's of girls out there who will die to get this break i am offering you"
'Excuse me sir I am not interested"
i was holding back my tears, my heart thudding. What if the old geyzer pounced on me right there and then
"Listen to me" he sounded annoyed and his voice was now raised as if talking to a disobedient child "I know you are a good girl but If you want to become an actress you have to do it! So and so and so and so-(he named some of the top league actresses of that time)she do it. She do it and even she do it! They are my discovery. Everybody has to do it"
I ran out crying all the way home. I was too ashamed to tell my
parents about what had happened. Everytime i heard the phrase "do it"
or "do" or "you have to do "
bile climbed up my throat. For a long time. For years afterwards
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One particular bit of industry gossip has assailed me from so many diverse sources that it's hard to ignore. Apparently, a certain superstar drunkenly flirted with another superstar's wife, and the two got intimate. The second superstar was justifiably outraged, and this led to much chaos as the two were then filming a movie together. Directors and producers were worried and the shoot was pushed till later.
During this delay, superstar B jetted off to a different country to shoot a romantic film with the initially drunk superstar A's girlfriend, and as can be expected, he sowed some wild, on-location oats with the lady in question. One would expect this to truly exacerbate the situation between the co-stars and their stalled project, but the two men reportedly met on a set and hugged it out without a word. All was forgiven as one mistake was paid back with another.This piece gossip is from a very famous critic/journalist who all of us know.I will give you the link later.
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