After newcomer Yuvraaj Parashar, who featured in the November release Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun, accused filmmaker Onir Dhar of molesting him, filmmakers are taking no chances to avoid "casting couch" allegations by aspiring actors.
Some have stopped meeting strugglers at home. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Karan Johar, among others, follow an office-only policy when it comes to meeting newbies. Others have installed cameras in office, or are making sure that an assistant from the same sex as that of the actor is present during meetings.
I make sure that I am always accompanied by a male and female assistant during my meetings with aspiring actors, so as to avoid any controversies later.
I’d advise filmmakers to avoid meeting newcomers alone. Or, it’s even better if they have cameras installed in their office. Having proof always helps.
I am being extra careful after some bitter experiences with newcomers. I have installed cameras in my office to record all meetings. That makes it a safe bet.
I meet newcomers only in my office, or, at a coffee shop. It is really scary when a director is accused like this. I guess one has to be very cautious.