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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:11am | IP Logged

JUNGLE MEIN RESHMA KI JAWANI

Sorry for the cheesy title but this is how I am feeling while writing this post.

Ever since I started writing on this blog, I have been getting these messages (I stopped counting at 50) on Facebook, asking me if casting couch in the Mumbai film industry is a reality.

Most of these messages come from struggling actors, who are finding it tough to pay their rent in a city where real estate prices have reached gigantic heights. Tired of their existence they are seeking an easier way out.

While analysing the questions I came across an interesting 'lowest' common denominator. None of you are interested in knowing if the casting couch exists or not. Most have already accepted the sleazy phenomenon as a dark reality in Bollywood. Now, all you simply want to know the names of producers and directors who grant roles in exchange of sex.

I also noticed that a large number of these mails are from males who wanted me to reveal the names of male filmmakers who would seek favours from male actors.

Now to answer your questions…

Does the casting couch exist in Bollywood?

Sorry to disappoint all of you, but the casting couch does not exist in Bollywood anymore. I will try to explain this point to you in this post.

If you are a struggler and desperately want to get a break in Bollywood, there's no way a session of sex can get you up there in front of a movie camera. There are no producers or directors either who are offering roles on a platter in exchange of sex.

I will now try to analyse the current situation just give you a rough idea about why you cannot land up with Bollywood roles using sex as a tool. Perhaps it might prevent you from having sex with some people who cannot do anything for you. May be this article might help you. And that is exactly my intention.

So, here is why most Bollywood filmmakers won't offer plum roles in exchange of sexual favours.

1. Bollywood films have a 'tight' budget: Bollywood commercial films are made on a budget which roughly varies between 10 crores to 50 crores. Though most films over-shoot their budget while filming and promotions, most producers try and stick to it. Some films like Chennai Expressor Himmatwala are made on a budget that is above 50 crores but I am not considering them because they are not the general rule. Now, even 10 crores is a lot of money! People who are investing that amount of money won't take a newcomer who can only give a good f**k, you see. If a newcomer lands in such a project, then there has to be a great reason for him/her to be there.

2. The director or the producer is just a part of the casting process: In Bollywood, the casting is not dependent on the director or the producer alone. So, even if the hero or the director suggests an actress' name, the producer and a lot of other people associated with the film as a brand should approve of it. In certain cases, the studio which will be buying the film after it is complete will also brainstorm on the viability of the actors who are cast in the film. So, the actors go through a long list of 'approvals' that come from different ends. An A-list actor will quickly pass the test, but the moment a newbie's name is suggested, intense scrutiny will happen. Again there has to be a great reason for him/her to be there in the film if the actor is a rank newcomer.

3. Every filmmaker is wary of casting couch allegations: The casting couch allegations have flown so thick and fast in Bollywood that every filmmaker is extremely wary of newbies who turn desperate to gain media attention the moment their 'job application' is turned down. Most filmmakers would never meet struggling actors at their offices or even in hotels. Even if they meet, just remember that a lot of them will meet you where they know that they have a security cordon of CCTV cameras and their loyal assistants. A lot of filmmakers now have CCTV cameras installed at their offices. To be honest, if you are a newcomer and you are looking to meet Karan Johar or Madhur Bhandarkar for a film role, it is just next to impossible. It doesn't happen that way in Bollywood anymore.

4. There are scores out there like you: Remember that if you want to offer sex in exchange of a role, then there are thousands like you who are ready to take that route. There are only a handful of filmmakers and if they start entertaining every such offer, then they will be left with no time for their day jobs. I remember speaking to as many as three Bollywood filmmakers recently who joked that their lives have become so busy that they actually don't have time for sex. Bad news for you, eh?

5. The new gen actors avoid this route: Among the current crop there are no heroes or heroines who have taken this casting couch route. If somebody tells you that X actor or Y actress have landed up with a plum role because they had sex with the director or the producer, then they are lying. These days in Bollywood, nobody gives a f***k about how good you are in bed before offering you a role. All of them are looking for return on their investment. Being somebody's son or daughter or your dad being an industrialist or a money launderer could be good reasons too.

But if you are aspiring for the other kinds of films that probably screamJungle Mein Reshma Ki Jawaani, then it is a different story.

In the next post, I will dig a little deeper and tell you how, why and where you will find sexual predators in Bollywood. And why you shouldn't give a f***k.

Here is my final word for every newcomer before I end this post. Always remember that the casting couch will never take you beyond the couch.

Before I go, here are clips from a documentary that was made for the BBC on the subject. It tries to establish that casting couch is a reality in Mumbai but the plot went a little haywire during the investigation. More about it in my next post.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:21am | IP Logged
Nice article.seriously If they wanted a good f**k wouldnt they go to hookers.Why would they jeopardize their film's secess just for sex.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:26am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Wave.

Nice article.seriously If they wanted a good f**k wouldnt they go to hookers.Why would they jeopardize their film's secess just for sex.
of course but i guess its not over fully..mid size buget films or very small role in film where newcomer is desperate to come on screen .there is scope of casting couch

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:28am | IP Logged
even there r people who makes film mindlessly may have certain interest in casting couch...there r 100 of films made in year bollwyood all of them r not produced by studio and well prepared and planned people 

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:31am | IP Logged
Originally posted by fire_gun

Originally posted by Wave.

Nice article.seriously If they wanted a good f**k wouldnt they go to hookers.Why would they jeopardize their film's secess just for sex.
of course but i guess its not over fully..mid size buget films or very small role in film where newcomer is desperate to come on screen .there is scope of casting couch

Yes true,even the writer has hinted to it.But people doing those B/C grades would never make it big.Just some moolah I guess.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:32am | IP Logged
Looks like the writer hasnt heard of people like Pooja Chopra, Ankita Shorey, Neha Sharma etc. The one who successfully passes the couch test can be easily fitted into a movie. Its not as if star betas, betis are much better onscreen than they are.

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:45am | IP Logged
Wondering how many boys warmed Shanoo Sharma's bed. 

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Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:49am | IP Logged
Originally posted by eeyoretel

Wondering how many boys warmed Shanoo Sharma's bed. 
but what ever blogger wrote is true tooWink but i believe its strictly for big names and studio houses now making film is so costly that everybody just want back their money firstWink but films where buget is small or side roles may have  scope for casting couhWink

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