Starlets often accuse filmmakers of making sexual advances to them. But are they the 'real' victims? A new film directed by Rohit Jugraj explores the other side of casting couch.
Tentatively titled Kasak, Rohit Jugraj's story is that of a young starlet who wrongly accuses a filmmaker.
Jugraj informed Mid Day, "I began writing a script from the perspective of a starlet, who says she is a victim of the casting couch. Gradually, we move away from her viewpoint and realise that she has been making up stories. I was inspired by a French film with a similar plot where at mid-point we realise the protagonist is lying to us."
Jugraj has been pondering on the subject after a powerful director (Madhur Bhandarkar?) was accused of sexual misconduct.
"Filmmakers refuse to meet newcomers. And if they do, they want to meet them in a public space. Producers now have cameras installed in their offices. New talent can never flourish in such a suffocating atmosphere. Nowadays, even I don't bring any man, woman or child, home. I've stopped dating for the last one year. What if we break up and the girl accuses me of rape because I didn't give her a role in my film?"