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Aditi Rao Hydari says she faced Bollywood casting couch, had no work for months

Aditi Rao Hydari has spoken about the culture of casting couch in Bollywood. She says it depends on the individual how they tackle it.

bollywood Updated: Jul 30, 2018 16:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Aditi Rao Hydari said that she not only faced casting couch but was also unemployed when she refused the offer.(AFP)

Aditi Rao Hydari, 31, is slowly making her presence felt in the film industry with projects like Padmaavat, Bhoomi and Kaatru Veliyidai, but she says the success has exacted its price. The actor said that she had to face casting couch and when she spoke against it, she was unemployed for months.

In a conversation with Sunday Guardian, Aditi said that she has been in difficult situations but she came out of them. She said, “I did lose work and I cried about it. I didn’t regret it but I cried about it because I felt so upset that this was true and this is how girls are treated. I was like, how dare someone speak to me like that! For about eight months [after the incident] I didn’t get work, but I feel that decision made me stronger in my intention about the kind of work I wanted to do.”

While pointing out the ‘misuse of power’, she said that ‘girls need to empower themselves’. She said, “It’s about power play in the industry, and you should nip it in the bud. What is the fear? That you won’t get work? If you are talented, the right people will call you.”

She started her acting career with Malayalam film Prajapathi in 2006, but her big break came with 2011 film Yeh Saali Zindagi. Aditi was last seen in Sudhir Mishra’s Daas Dev and will soon be seen in Tamil film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 15:45 IST